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Cautious? Optimistic? How About Both?

It has been a while, so we thought we should check in on the Small Business Optimism Index compiled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The last time we highlighted the index, it showed entrepreneurs’ confidence trending higher overall but slipping somewhat in the fall of 2013. Since that point, entrepreneurs appear to have rallied and are feeling a bit better about their prospects – but that still looks to be more like cautious optimism than a full-fledged celebration.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
Paraguay Thirsty for 21st Century Education

A nation with a growing economy at the heart of South America is struggling to translate economic progress into development for its mostly young population. Ahead of the GEC2 in Croatia next month which will examine how tech entrepreneurs can globally accelerate improvements in education, I look at the factors holding back Paraguay’s young population as agents of prosperity and sustained economic growth.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 18, 2014
Category:  Education  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including rising rates of entrepreneurship in middle America, a new space to drive innovation in Philadelphia, a $30 million initiative from JP Morgan Chase to support small business clusters, a British minister's call for UK universities to embrace entrepreneurship and the explosion of mobile internet investment.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Good News for Great Lakes Entrepreneurs

While technology and the viral nature of social media has made it possible to launch a startup with a global reach from day one, the funding to enable those startups still comes a lot closer to home. According to the latest Halo Report (Q1 2014) on angel investing, three out of every four angel deals are between an investor and company in the same state -- and the average size of those deals ($1.23M) is on the rise. That is good news for entrepreneurs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – who are seeing an increasing amount of deals and dollars lately.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Young Entrepreneurs Rebranding Africa

President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a new state funding program for high-tech entrepreneurs, teaching the value of intellectual property, the graying of American companies, tech giants driving venture capital and the elusiveness of patent trolls.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
California Students Embrace Entrepreneur Label

Part of the challenge in promoting an entrepreneurial culture on campuses throughout the U.S. and around the world is getting students from all disciplines to embrace the title and role of entrepreneur. According to a new ranking by Forbes, that isn’t a problem in California.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Education 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress have left Washington to travel back to their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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