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Starting a business is difficult enough; government shouldn’t make it harder or more complicated.

We empower advocates to educate policymakers about why new businesses matter so that the voices of entrepreneurs can inform policy debates at the local, state, and federal level.

Programs & Initiatives

Start Us Up: America’s New Business Plan

Making it easier for everyday Americans to start their own businesses is essential for creating economic growth that works for everyone. America’s New Business Plan puts the ambitions and can-do spirit of everyday Americans first through a four-part entrepreneurship agenda that ensures anyone with an idea has access to the opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support to turn it into a reality.

ANBP’s Response on COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are focusing on the elements of America’s New Business Plan to be responsive to what new and small business owners urgently need today to keep their doors open.

2020 ANBP Grantees

The America’s New Business Plan RFP awarded grants to nine entrepreneurship advocates to elevate the voices of entrepreneurs to policymakers across the country.

Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network

The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network (EPN) is an alliance of organizations bringing the voices of entrepreneurs to policy debates at the state level. Members of the EPN educate policymakers about the impact of policies in erecting and removing barriers to entrepreneurship and build support for entrepreneurship and new businesses.

Entrepreneurship Advocacy

When business owners and advocates make a personal connection with policymakers, the odds improve that lawmakers will understand the needs of entrepreneurs. To that end, we bring entrepreneurial advocates from around the country to Washington, D.C., to learn advocacy skills and have educational meetings with policymakers about the challenges facing the nation’s makers, doers, and dreamers.

Congressional Startup Day

Congressional Startup Day, formerly Startup Week Across America, is an opportunity during the annual August congressional recess for senators and representatives to learn more about local startups and discuss the important role entrepreneurs play in communities across the country.