Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise educates and inspires young Americans to champion the virtues of free enterprise through campus lectures featuring successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, economists, and policy experts; immersive student training seminars; and essential resources and publications.


How the lockdowns are benefitting Big Business while hurting small businesses

By Karl Stahlfeld, YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise

The following is an excerpt from a recent New Guard interview with Chef Andrew Gruel. Chef Gruel is the founder and owner of Slapfish Restaurants, a restaurant chain focused on sustainable seafood for the future. In 2013, he was named a “top 40 under 40 entrepreneur” in Orange County, California. Chef Gruel has raised more than $310,000 for small business owners and employees affected by the government lockdowns.

YAF: Are many of the policies created in response to the pandemic particularly unfriendly to small business owners because most elected officials aren’t small business owners themselves?

Gruel: Of course. These laws are being written by large government agencies that are working in tandem with some of the biggest businesses in America. So they are going to favor large business. At the very least, the rubric by which governments create these laws is going to fit a big-business calculus. It’s easier for large businesses to take on some of these costs. The small businesses on Main Street are the ones that are getting totally crushed.

An Interview with YAF Alum and Small Business Owner Sergio Vitale

By Karl Stahlfeld, YAF’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise

The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with YAF alumnus Sergio Vitale, who is now a small business owner in Baltimore, Maryland.

YAF: Would you agree that a major part of the problem for restaurants and other small businesses is the uncertainty of the government changing the lockdown rules and regulations?

Vitale: Oh, absolutely. How could you plan? The outdoor dining is a great example. Here is a case where our local government partnered with our local small businesses and directed them how exactly to build an outdoor dining facility that would meet their standards. Then they moved the goalpost, pulled the rug out from underneath of us, and all that money was wasted. That kind of uncertainty is not only frustrating and money-losing. It costs jobs. It costs businesses.

We as Young Conservatives Believe... Part 8

By Karl Stahlfeld, Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise

“We as young conservatives believe…”
“That when government interferes with the work of the market economy, it tends to reduce the moral and physical strength of the nation; that when it takes from one man to bestow on another, it diminishes the incentive of the first, the integrity of the second, and the moral autonomy of both;”

… It is our responsibility to help our fellow citizens in need. When people instead try to use the government, they are trying to unload that responsibility onto the government. Not only is the government a poor substitute for help, but relying on it removes our personal moral responsibility to each other.

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