America faces big challenges. A sluggish recovery. Rising taxes. Falling incomes. Exploding deficits. An ever-expanding federal government. How do we get out of this mess?

There is only one path forward that will restore America’s economic vitality, create opportunity, and put Americans back to work—and that is free enterprise. Our economic system has allowed us to build the single greatest engine of growth and shared prosperity that the world has ever known. Free enterprise enables many not only to “dream big” but to fulfill their dreams.

But we must allow it to work its wonders—to create opportunity and foster innovation, not rely on big government.

That’s why the U.S. Chamber started the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a nationwide effort to support the ideals that advance economic growth and create jobs.

Through special programs, public engagement, and youth outreach, the campaign highlights free enterprise policies, people, and programs that create opportunity, foster innovation, and support the greatest economy on earth.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJun 17, 2017 - 8:00am
American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks talks about the free enterprise system. With David Chavern / Photo by Ian Wagreich © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Spirit of Enterprise is All Around Us

On Friday evening, Tom J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave a speech to AEI's Summer Honors Program.

SpeechJun 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

Speech for the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Conference

Remarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Above the FoldJul 06, 2016 - 3:00pm

Photos: How Main Street Small Businesses Celebrated Independence Day

We set out to find America’s most star-spangled, red-white-and-blue-bleeding small business. Here’s what we found.

ReportMay 11, 2016 - 8:00am

Innovation That Matters 2016

Innovation That Matters is a report created in partnership between 1776, Free Enterprise and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to examine and rank 25 cities’ readiness to capitalize on the inevitable shift to a digital economy and recommendations to provide a framework for success.

Press ReleaseMay 11, 2016 - 7:30am

New Report Ranks Cities Best Positioned to Succeed in Digital Economy

Boston, Denver, Raleigh-Durham, and San Diego are the best poised American cities outside of the San Francisco Bay Area to find success in the evolving digital economy, according to a new report examining the top 25 U.S. startup hubs.

VideoFeb 29, 2016 - 10:15am

The State of American Business 2016

The latest updates from the U.S. Chamber.

EventOct 17, 2015 - 9:00am to Oct 18, 2015 - 3:00pm

2015 Free Enterprise Hackathon

We're looking for talented developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are willing to work with us on finding the best and most innovative ways to showcase these stories on, and to shine a spotlight on the impact of American businesses.

Press ReleaseMay 15, 2015 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber, Startup Incubator 1776 Release Innovation that Matters, Spotlight Methods to Build Successful Innovation Economies in Cities

Report Studied Best Practices in Eight Major U.S. Cities Driving Civic Innovation

ReportMay 15, 2015 - 8:30am
Innovation That Matters report cover

Innovation That Matters: How City Networks Drive Civic Entrepreneurship

Innovation That Matters reports on the state of entrepreneurship in the U.S. civic sector, which we define as the collection of highly regulated industries with entrenched institutional players intended to serve the public good.

LetterApr 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

Letter on S. 552, the "Small Business Investment Capital Company Act of 2015"

This letter supporting S. 552, the “Small Business Investment Capital Company Act of 2015,” was sent to Senator Risch and the Members of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.