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City Policy Levers

Cities have clearly become laboratories for startup ecosystems.  While each city faces an array of regulations imposed by national and regional levels of government, many local leaders have used smart policy levers to differentiate their cities and attract entrepreneurs. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  Red Tape 
SEC Seeking Input on Crowdfunding
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for feedback from entrepreneurs and small business owners on a proposed rule to implement equity-based crowdfunding as required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act. 
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Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape  Growth & Poverty 
GEW Policy Survey Turns Up Unexpected Results

The entrepreneurship policy environment in emerging economies may not be a significant obstacle to starting and growing new firms after all – at least if you ask high-growth entrepreneurs in those countries. That is one of the overarching findings in a paper released last week by Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) following a survey of more than 3,000 high-impact entrepreneurs in 34 countries.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Global  Red Tape 
Small Business Owners Stubbornly Cautious
One index that PDE has tracked over the years is the Small Business Optimism Index put out by the National Federation of Independent Business. For the last few years, there hasn't been much reason for celebration -- and that trend continues with the latest Index showing a further dip of 0.6 points in December. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Red Tape  Tax Code  Workforce 
The Regulatory Flexibility Act at 30

On September 21, 2010, the Small Business Administrations’ Office of Advocacy will be hosting a symposium on Regulatory Flexibility for Small Business. The event will highlight the 30 years of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and will examine the role that the RFA plays in ensuring policy decisions that create a healthy environment for small business growth and development.

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Mark Marich
on August 27, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape 
Dodd-Frank Signed Into Law

Last week President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Concerns that the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will result in a flood of federal mandates detrimental to startups and small businesses were alleviated slightly by a handful of protections.

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Mark Marich
on August 02, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape 
Reevaluating Sarbanes-Oxley
At a time when we need risk-takers to start companies and create jobs, we need to do everything we can to remove unnecessarily burdensome regulations that dampen entrepreneurship. A high-impact, low-cost reform would be to make some of the more onerous requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on February 22, 2010
Category:  Red Tape 
Real Support for Entrepreneurs: What Are We Waiting For?
So we know that entrepreneurs are the primary engines of job creation in the United States. Research study after research study has confirmed that it is young firms that drive improvements in the employment situation. From 1980–2005, firms less than five years old accounted for all... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 25, 2010
Category:  Education  General  Immigration  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Cutting Anti-entrepreneurial Red Tape through Smart Regulation
As with any politically loaded term, any attempt at honestdiscussion of ‘regulation’ risks getting caught up in a web ofassumptions and intellectual shortcuts.  One common fallacy is to putgovernment regulation (e.g. patent laws, health care, tax complianceregulations, etc.) on one end of a continuum in... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 17, 2009
Category:  Red Tape 

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