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States should remove barriers to entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation says

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Robert Litan, vice president for research and policy at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Kauffman Foundation, recently spoke to American City & County about how state governments can become hotbeds for entrepreneurial growth by eliminating barriers to new business development and by creating amenities that attract recent college graduates. The foundation focuses its grant making and operations on advancing entrepreneurship, and improving the education of children and youth.

In February, the foundation released two reports: "Startup Act for the States," which lays out an agenda for state-level policymakers to foster entrepreneurship, and "A License to Grow," which identifies barriers to entrepreneurship imposed by state and local governments. Among the recommendations, the reports suggest that governments should reduce the amount of paperwork, time and effort involved in establishing new businesses, and they should foster immigration and build support for immigrant entrepreneurs seeking entry to the marketplace.

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