America's New Business Plan
We have a bipartisan plan for policymakers that is focused on creating new jobs and leveling the playing field for startups and small businesses.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are focusing on the elements of our broader policy framework (America’s New Business Plan) to be responsive to what new and small business owners urgently need today to keep their doors open.
The Four Pillars
America’s New Business Plan puts the ambitions and can-do spirit of everyday Americans first through a four-part entrepreneurship plan that ensures anyone with an idea has access to the opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support to turn it into a reality.
A Level Playing Field and Less Red Tape
When it comes to starting a business, entrepreneurs need a level playing field to compete with established businesses, which have better access to policymakers.
Equal Access to the Right Kind of Capital Everywhere
Entrepreneurs continually emphasize the need for access to capital, including patient capital and other innovative models that give them an opportunity to get their businesses off the ground.
The Know-How to Start a Business
Starting a business is a courageous act, and far too many entrepreneurs take that risk without really knowing where to begin or understanding the requirements and barriers that come with turning an idea into reality.
The Ability for All to Take Risks
Becoming an entrepreneur means leaving behind the stability of a traditional job, and with it benefits such as health care and retirement savings.
Download Our Plans
Download a list of actionable steps for federal policymakers.
Download a list of actionable steps for governors and state policymakers.
Download a list of actionable steps for local policymakers.
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