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Washington Wants to Reorganize to Serve Entrepreneurs
New legislation introduced this month in the Senate could turn what was anticipated to be a sleepy start on Capitol Hill for entrepreneurship advocates into a fresh look at how Washington, DC, helps entrepreneurs and new firms.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Who's Starting Up While the Government Shuts Down?
Look around and you will find a number of articles on the effects of the political stalemate / government shutdown on entrepreneurs. For “small businesses”, the effects are quite clear, mostly relating to government contracts (more than half the federal spending would go through federal contracts before the shutdown) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In addition, with 62% of the SBA’s staff furloughed, all counseling is on hold until the government is back up and running. The suspension of these contracts, loans and services represents an immediate “brake” on the economy. [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Agencies Announce 2012 Accelerator Challenge

Faced with another disappointing jobs report—the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May—the Obama Administration is looking to a new multi-agency competition to develop regional clusters and create jobs while strengthening advanced manufacturing.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA's Mills Elevated to Cabinet-level in Proposed Reorganization

SBA Administrator Karen Mills has been tapped by President Obama to join his Cabinet as part of a larger plan to consolidate the Small Business Administration and several other federal agencies with overlapping responsibilities. The move for Mills is effective immediately, but the reorganization plan requires the backing of Congress.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
NSBA: It's Not Easy Being Green

A new report from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) profiles a handful of small firms developing new clean energy technologies--and outlines the challenges they face. Beyond the technological obstacles navigated by every innovative firm in the industry, as well continued uncertainty over the national and global economies, the authors argue that the profiled firms were challenged by the lack of a national energy policy.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Energy  Environment 
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