America's New Business Plan
We have a bipartisan plan for policymakers that is focused on creating new jobs and rebuilding a more equitable economy.
The last 12 months have made even more visible the fundamental inequities of race, gender, and geography as America confronts the dual pandemics of both COVID-19 and racial injustice.
These dual pandemics have played out in interwoven and complex ways against the backdrop of an unequal American economy. In recent years, the American economy has been acceleratingly reshaped by trends that have consolidated wealth and limited opportunities for meaningful employment and upward mobility. Since the Great Recession, only the top 20% richest Americans gained wealth, while 80% of families fell behind.
To build an economy that works for everyone and enables more entrepreneurship, policies must break down historic and systemic barriers so that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, and geography, can achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.
The Four Pillars
America’s New Business Plan is a four-part bipartisan policy roadmap focused on creating new jobs and rebuilding an equitable economy that works for everyone.
Access to Opportunity
A Level Playing Field Without Red Tape
Policymakers need to do more to break down barriers to starting businesses for all entrepreneurs, and to correct for disadvantages based on race, gender, and geography by leveling the playing field.
Access to Funding
The Right Kind of Capital Everywhere
Capital must flow to entrepreneurs in every community so that populations too often left behind are given equitable opportunities to turn their ideas into businesses.
Access to Knowledge
The Know-How to Start a Business
Developing a continuous pipeline that offers Americans a lifetime of opportunities to learn the skills necessary to be a successful entrepreneur is vital to a thriving U.S. economy.
Access to Support
The Ability for All to Take Risks
Policymakers must act to ensure the next generation of entrepreneurs is not locked out of opportunities to improve their economic situations by helping Americans build wealth and addressing their real financial concerns that limit risk-taking.
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Download a list of actionable steps for local policymakers.
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