"I commend CEI for seeing the need for a project such as the Center for Entrepreneurship. While so many were reluctant to support our groundbreaking lawsuit to invalidate the SEC's ill-conceived hedge fund registration rule, CEI was quick to provide support."
- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee
"The Center's work will be a vital tool in addressing burdensome regulations that have caused the outsorucing of America's lead in the world's capital markets."
- Phillip Goldsetin, Co-founder, Bulldog Investors
- Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), Member of Financial Services Committee and former Speark fo the Florida State House of Representatives
The Center for Entrepreneurship was formed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 2006 to specifically look at the areas of public policy entrepreneurs face when starting or building their businesses. If unnecessary rules prevent businessmen and women from launching their innovations, no other regulations matter.
The Center starts out with one question: If entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Sam Walton, or eBay's Meg Whitman were starting out today, what would be the barriers to them raising capital to get their ideas off the ground and keep their businesses growing?
The Center will look at the increasingly burdensome mandates in the area of securities law, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and accounting rules. It will also study innovations in financial markets to capital formation for small businesses, and whether public policy is hindering those innovations.
John Berlau, former journalist for Investor's Business Daily and Insight magazine, leads the Center. Previously, Berlau held positions at CEI as the Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow and Fellow in Economic Policy.
See John Berlau's biography and publications list.
Entrepreneurship, the Stock Market and the American Dream
A Capitol Hill Conference on Sarbanes-Oxley Reform