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Non-Competes Hindering Job Creation and Growth

The formation of new companies accounts for nearly all net new job creation, but state non-compete agreements — if strictly enforced — can make it harder for people to start those companies. According to Re-thinking Non-Competes: Unlock Talent to Seed Growth, a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released by the Kauffman Foundation, state enforcement of non-compete agreements is restricting highly skilled workers from moving in and out of new jobs and/or from starting their own businesses, thus hindering job creation and economic growth.

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Jason Wiens
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Workforce 
States the Focal Point for Job Creation

Another week, another look at the US and how individual states line up when it comes to promoting entrepreneurial growth. Last week, we highlighted the State New Economy Index from ITIF that showed Massachusetts on top of the list of states that adapt to continual economic evolution. The week before that, the latest Small Business Friendliness survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation handed out A+ grades to Utah, Idaho and Texas. This week? It’s North Dakota's turn to shine. 

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Workforce 
How Do We Strengthen US Competitiveness

In a world where seemingly every nation is scrambling to bolster innovation and entrepreneurship, how can the U.S. strengthen its competitiveness? According to a new report from the Department of Commerce, the formula is simple and based on looking at the country’s track record for promoting innovation—increased government funding for research, education and infrastructure. It argues that “failures to properly invest in, and have comprehensive strategies for” those three pillars are responsible for the shrinking gap between the US and other nations.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Education  Global  Workforce  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer 
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 
Kauffman Labs to Illuminate Breakthrough Ideas from Female Scientists and Engineers

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation is looking for women scientists and engineers in the United States who have ideas that could change the world. To tap a growing pool of these highly educated women who have the potential to start scalable science- and engineering-related ventures, Kauffman Labs today launched its first Women in Science and Engineering Business Idea Competition, inviting them to share their visionary ideas for the chance to win ...

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Mark Marich
on December 06, 2010
Category:  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
A Silent G20 and the Need for Entrepreneurial Role Models in South Korea

I have just returned today from a short visit to South Korea where I addressed an international conference and met with various universities both in Seoul and Daejeon Valley – described to me by locals as Korea’s Silicon Valley.

Visitors arriving at Seoul’s acclaimed airport can only be impressed by its sophisticated application of technology into everyday lives. The train I rode from Seoul to Daejoen cruised at 300 Kilometers per hour, every taxi in Seoul was clean and paid for with a back seat touchpad card reader and the urban planning seemed super smart with local government being placed in beautiful floating structures on the river and national government being moved altogether out of Seoul.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Global  Workforce 
Entrepreneurial Resilience

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows that startups are resilient in job creation and durability. Previous research had confirmed that and again that startups are responsible for net new job growth in the U.S. economy. This new study, After Inception: How Enduring is Job Creation by Startups? , reveals another reason to be optimistic...

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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  Workforce 
Entrepreneurs: Financial Risk-takers?

Conventional wisdom says that entrepreneurs are financial risk-takers, but a new Kauffman Foundation research report, Business Owners, Financial Risk, and Wealth, suggests business owners...

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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  Workforce 
Uncertainty About the Economy Among Bloggers

What are leading economics bloggers thinking lately? The Kauffman Foundation has once again collected the views of more than 200 of these specialized bloggers in a mid-July survey.

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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Workforce 
Jump-Starting Entrepreneurship in Auto-Impacted Cities
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded several grants to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and create new jobs in areas that were previously supported by the auto industry.One grant of $1.5 millionis being awarded to Cleveland-based JumpStart, a non-profit focused on spurring economic transformation through high-growth... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 13, 2010
Category:  Workforce 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Illinois Approves Angel Investment Credit, Extends R&D Credit (from SSTI Weekly Digest) China unveils... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 05, 2010
Category:  Environment  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Michigan Prioritizes Entrepreneurship
During her State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm laid out initiatives to help entrepreneurs. One of these initiatives involves entrepreneurship training through the expansion of the FastTrac program being offered at Detroit's TechTown. The FastTrac program, a national effort by the Kauffman Foundation... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Workforce 
OECD Scoreboard Focuses on Innovation
The complete OECD Science, Technology andIndustry Scoreboard 2009 is now availablefree online. Scoreboard’s more than 200 internationally comparable qualityindicators provide data and analysis about trends shaping science andinnovation, and answer important policy questions such as: What impact has thecrisis had on innovation and spending on... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 20, 2009
Category:  Global  Intellectual Property  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
A Reflection on the Jobs Summit
Mark Marich
on December 11, 2009
Category:  Workforce 
Entrepreneurship Recommendations at the Obama Jobs Summit
At yesterday’s White House “Jobs Summit”, Kauffman Foundation president and CEO Carl Schramm laid out five strategies to boost entrepreneurship and create jobs. Schramm, an economist, author on entrepreneurship and former entrepreneur, joined about 130 business leaders, economists and CEOs from across the United States... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 04, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Workforce 
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 
Boom in Entrepreneurship Just Down the Road
Earlier this summer, we reported on a recent study by Dane Stangler of the Kauffman Foundation that showed Baby Boomers are sparking a rise in entrepreneurship and that young, tech-savvy upstarts like Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Rose were still outliers. Yesterday, Carl Schramm, president and... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 01, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 
Economic Stimulus and Small Business
What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from MyVenturePad.com takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Health Care  Tax Code  Workforce 
Improving Collaboration and Efficiency in Science Programs
Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved three bipartisan bills which share the common themes of strengthening inter-agency coordination processes andmaking government smarter. There was no major disagreement in today’s full committee markup; the bill with all proposed amendments was moved to the... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 29, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Workforce 
Business Lessons from Miles Davis
If you’re a jazz fan, chances are you’re also a fan of Miles Davis’ seminal 1959 album, Kind of Blue. In honor of the album’s fiftieth anniversary, a group of Harvard Business School researchers sought to tease out some business lessons from the recording.  They... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 20, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 
Entrepreneurship and Recovery in New York City
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been making a big push to promote entrepreneurship as a path to the city’s economic recovery. Over the past several months, he has made several announcements related to expanded support for the city’s new and aspiring business owners.... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Workforce 
Reality Check: Scarce Talent
The $787 billion economic stimulus package includes largeinvestments in innovation in areas such as energy, health IT, andbroadband. Developing these new technologies will be scientists andengineers, but here’s a reality check: we don’t have enough of them.Although increasing the number of U.S. scientists and engineers... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Global  Immigration  Workforce 
Innovation in the States: Washington
Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon and numerous other technology firms, has always had a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, like most areas of the country, Washington now faces a severe economic crisis and can no longer continue with business as usual.A new study... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 09, 2009
Category:  Physical Infrastructure  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Innovation in the States: Arizona
In 2006, a host of Arizona-based business groups helped create the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ), as a statewide effort to diversify Arizona's economy by promoting science and technology. What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has become a harder sell in the face of... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 09, 2009
Category:  Education  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Brookings’ Recommendations on American Competitiveness
What can be done to revitalize the American economy? A group of scholars affiliated with the Brookings Institution recently offered some insights on the important issue of American competitiveness. Their broad categories of recommendations are tough to quibble with: Investing in Infrastructure, Investing in People,... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 23, 2009
Category:  Global  Physical Infrastructure  Workforce 
NYC Among Those Looking for 'FastTrac' to Recovery
In times of recession, entrepreneurial activity can experience an uptick as displaced workerslook to make their own opportunities. As the unemployment rate increases across the country, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other community leaders are turning to the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac program to train these... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 19, 2009
Category:  General  Workforce 

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