Entrepreneurship - a Fundamental Human Right?

June 3, 2010

By Jason Duff, Founder & CEO, Community Storage & Properties, Ltd. | COMSTOR Outdoor Media

This blog is part of a series featuring the country’s top young entrepreneurs who speak on the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET). The National Chamber Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor of the tour, which brings these top young entrepreneurs to college campuses to help spread the entrepreneurial mindset among students during half-day conferences. It is the only tour of its kind. To learn more, visit http://www.extremetour.org

Growing up in a free market economy, I deeply appreciate the value of free enterprise and the vital role that small businesses play in innovation, job creation, and advancement of quality of life.  It’s easy for me to assume that these values and practices are globally recognized when the truth is – they are not.

In some African countries it can take over 100 separate steps to create a new business.  According to a  report published by CNNMoney, the US Ranked 3rd easiest places to create a new business among 181 countries reviewed.  Even with the recent of the growing US debt, expansion of government entitlements, and greater burdens to US businesses and communities – we still have one of the most supportive countries for startups and entrepreneurs to be successful.  Some argue that this is changing.

This brings me to ask the question.   Should entrepreneurship be recognized as a fundamental Human Right and if so, what are we doing to protect and advocate for it? In a time that the world faces some of its greatest challenges, why should we trust and assume that government is the only and best solution.  Shouldn’t we advocate for smart governance instead of “Big Government?”  Haven’t we learned that nothing is “too big to fail” and that bigger government is often the greatest failure in itself?  Instead, it’s those of us who work and own small businesses who know and understand how resources can be used to invest and solve some of the world’s greatest challenges. Democracy is not just about elections, it is about participation, activism and community involvement.  

Now is our opportunity to lead the World by using the collective minds and brainpower of every Main Street and village to advocate for one of the most basic human rights – Entrepreneurship. The rights to think, create, and work hard for the dignity of having a role and purpose in the world.