Why We’re Here

America depends on small businesses, and the 56 million Americans who work for them. But government regulations are making it harder for businesses to grow and Americans to work. Rules that should help our communities thrive are instead making life harder for job creators, workers and their families.

Rethink Red Tape is a coalition formed to examine the impact regulations have on small businesses, our communities and our country, and advocate for smarter regulations and regulatory reforms that will protect the public interest while also helping small businesses grow.

The Smart Path Forward

Regulations play an important role in protecting the public interest and keeping people safe. Our country’s approach to regulation must balance these important goals with the need we have to encourage more entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Rethink Red Tape has five guiding principles to reform the way regulations are written. These principles will lead to smarter rules—ones that protect consumers, our environment and public health, while also making it possible for small businesses and local communities to grow and thrive. We believe a fair process:

  • Engages the Public Early and Often: A fair rulemaking process is an inclusive one. It’s fundamental that community stakeholders, especially small business owners who will be directly impacted by regulations, have a seat at the table when rules are being written, evaluated and finalized.
  • Considers the Best Available Science:  Solid, unbiased scientific information is key to developing smarter regulations. Utilizing balanced peer review and scientific advisory panels when evaluating rules will ensure outdated, partial or flawed studies don’t influence our public policies.
  • Weighs Cost-Benefit to the Community: Every regulation comes with a price tag, and those costs matter—especially to small businesses and local communities. New regulations should be connected to a compelling public need and be subject to an honest cost-benefit analysis so everyone can know the impact policies might have on local jobs and the small business economy.
  • Is Open, Honest and Understandable: Backroom negotiations, partisan rulemaking and bureaucratic decisions lead to confusion. An open and honest regulatory process will be easy for  public stakeholders to understand and engage with and clear in its use of methods and data.
  • Evaluates the Outcomes: No regulation should live on forever if it isn’t working or is causing more problems than it solves. Policies should be regularly evaluated and measured to ensure they are actually providing the intended public benefit. When rules fail to meet intended goals or are shown to inflict more harm than good, they should be re-evaluated.

Coalition Members

National Association of ManufacturersThe National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council: For nearly 25 years, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council has been a steady and influential voice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. We focus on advancing policies and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth. Our strength and effectiveness are powered by SBE Council members and supporters. When there is something of importance happening in the U.S. or across the globe that impacts small enterprise or small business, SBE Council is there—we are their voice, their advocate. Our mission is to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship.

American Forest & Paper Association: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

International Franchise Association: The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and the more than 800,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 9.1 million direct jobs, $994 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

Women Impacting Public Policy: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a nonprofit, membership organization working to increase the economic power and public policy clout of women entrepreneurs by providing essential business skills education, leadership opportunities for business and personal growth and a seat at the table amongst policymakers in Washington, DC. WIPP was founded in 2001 and is recognized as a national, nonpartisan voice for women entrepreneurs, advocating on behalf of its coalition of over 4 million businesswomen including 78 business organizations.