IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship

Looking for a way to promote job creation and jumpstart local economies?

Some people say that the only way the inner city will grow economically is through handouts, government contracts, or large outside investments. At the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, we say there is another way:


Through entrepreneurship, residents of the inner city are lifting themselves from poverty, joblessness and dependence by staking their claim in the American Dream: they are going into business for themselves. They have discovered that they have products and services to offer, and markets that only they know how to satisfy. They have found that entrepreneurship has the power to transform not only their lives and the lives of their family members, but also to inspire their entire communities.

But entrepreneurship can also be daunting. It can be difficult to find emotional support, training, financing, good employees, loyal customers, and protection from crime and liability. The law is supposed to help, but often it serves as more of an obstacle than a solution. A businessperson needs to know a mind-boggling web of laws, rules, and regulations to survive. He or she also needs to know how to circumvent bureaucratic inefficiency and to avoid bureaucratic tyranny.

The burden can be lessened with the support of enthusiastic community members like yourself.  You can help secure and expand economic liberty and community development here in Chicago.

How You Can Help:

  • Join our advocacy mailing list to receive legislative action alerts.
  • Attend City Council committee meetings.
  • Contact your Alderman and other government officials when you feel legislation is placing unfair limits on economic liberty.

               -Find your Alderman.

               -Find your state government representatives.

  • Follow us for updates on the IJ Clinic’s advocacy efforts.


  • Want to learn more about barrier to entry for entrepreneurs in Chicago? Read our barrier study.
  • Inform us when you learn of laws or government actions that squelch small businesses.
  • Tell entrepreneurs you know that we are here to help.

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