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America’s New Business Plan: Access to Support


When entrepreneurs strike out on their own, they leave behind the salary and benefits an employer provides. Assuming the full risk of failure, they are responsible for health care, retirement savings, and other necessities they, their families, and their employees depend on.

Becoming an entrepreneur is a courageous act, but many feel it is currently out of their reach. Among those who have seriously considered entrepreneurship but ultimately decided against starting a business, almost half were concerned about business survival. Some are held back by financial obligations, such as paying off student loans. Others fear the impact on their personal finances. And some have medical conditions that make maintaining affordable and quality health care essential.

Prior to starting their businesses, nearly half of entrepreneurs feared the loss of job security, while nearly four in 10 were concerned about losing health insurance. According to a 2017 America’s Small Business Development Center survey, 41% of Americans would quit their job and start a new business in the next six months if they had the tools and resources they needed. One critical resource is a safety net that supports entrepreneurial risk-taking. 

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. 

What can government do?