Best Practices

Tell the White House How to Power Up Startups

Published Mar 03, 2011 by Maria Meyers

Fast Company magazine’s senior editor Nancy Cook is traveling to the White House on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, to moderate the panel “Startup America—Reducing Barriers,” as part of the White House’s Startup America initiative.

She’s traveling with small business questions in hand about how the government can best help support and encourage startups in the United States. She’ll pose those questions directly to Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Gene Sperling, assistant to the President for Economic Policy and director of the National Economic Council, and others.

So what regulations do you feel are stifling startups? How can the government best help clear the path for startups’ success?

As America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs, we over here at U.S.SourceLink feel that all business is local.

Small business starts with an idea, born in a local economy and more often than not out of local observation and need. To turn that idea into a successful business requires a team of champions who know the local economy, who can navigate the city and state regulations, and who know what it takes to turn an idea into a thriving business.

Those resources already exist—in our business chambers, small business development centers, economic development centers, women’s business centers, business institutes, and more—but often entrepreneurs and small business can’t find them. We need to help those on-the-ground resources increase their visibility, so that they, in turn, can build a vibrant ecosystem that can seed, nurture, and grow entrepreneurship, idea by idea, community by community.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about how we all can best support our startups. Be sure to join the conversation. You can submit your questions via Twitter with the hashtag #startupamerica or drop your comments on Fast Company’s website. The whole event will be livestreamed from the White House.