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"To better understand the challenges small businesses face and to offer recommendations," Institute for Justice's Andrew Meleta and Alex Montgomery "analyzed the codes of 20 large to mid-sized cities, interviewed entrepreneurs from across the country, and mapped out the real-world process of starting five common business types from the entrepreneur’s perspective." They then compiled their findings in IJ's "Barriers to Business" report, which is available here.

In this episode, Meleta and Montgomery join the Goldwater Institute's Jon Riches to discuss the major takeaways from their report and how cities can better attract and support entrepreneurs.


  • Andrew Meleta, Activism Associate, Institute for Justice
  • Alex Montgomery, City Policy Associate, Institute for Justice
  • [Moderator] Jon Riches, Director of National Litigation, Goldwater Institute

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