Startup in a Day

Startup in a Day is a partnership between the Small Business Administration (SBA), National League of Cities (NLC), and the White House. The Startup in a Day initiative aims to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start a business by reducing the amount of time it takes to discover and apply for permits and licenses on the local level.

An entrepreneur's time is best spent developing innovative products and services, creating jobs, and growing local economies-not navigating red tape. It should not take more than a day for an entrepreneur to identify and apply, ideally through a single online tool, for all the licenses and permits he or she needs in order to responsibly launch a business. Cities who sign the Startup in a Day pledge resolve to:

  1. Create a "Startup in a Day" online tool within 12 months;

  2. Develop a streamlined, business-friendly, online permitting system;

  3. Share best practices by joining the Community of Practice administered by NLC. 

Community of Practice

The Community of Practice hosed by NLC is designed to provide peer-to-peer support from other cities that signed on to the Startup in a Day pledge. NLC will work with you all to share best practices, publicize key learnings, and highlight tangible outcomes while you work within your city to develop an online tool for business permitting and licensing applications. NLC will be engaging with the community of practice through conference calls, webinars, and targeted city-to-city technical assistance.

Sign the Pledge

Cities interested in signing the Startup in a Day pledge are encouraged to review the pledge here. To sign the pledge, email with the name of the city taking the pledge, the official website address for the city, the name of the city official and their contact information including a phone number and email address, and a statement that the official agrees to the Startup in a Day Pledge on behalf of their city.

Additional Resources:

Press Release


Startup in a Day Pledge