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According to PWC Money Tree 90% of “startup capital” comes from angel investors; who are these angels? How do angels and professionally managed angel groups contribute to the life cycle of a company; where do angels invest? where do VC’s invest? Also, the SBA Business... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 23, 2010
Category:  General 
Multiagency Initiative to Create Energy-Related Regional Innovation Cluster
Seven federal agencies will work together to leverage funding and resources to promote regional growth through an Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC). The E-RIC will work to disseminate new technologies into the local marketplace and share best practices with the public and private sectors. The cluster... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Skepticism about Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan
An article in today’s Washington Independent, “Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan Meets Skepticism,” lays out concerns with the President’s plan to make $30 billion in repaid TARP funds available for small banks to lend to small businesses. “There’s little indication that these banks need the money — or that... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Access to Credit Improving... Barely
A number of sources are indicating that banks are relaxing lending standards -- leading to a slow increase in small business demand for loans. The graph below from the December issue of The Small Business Advocate suggests that brighter days are ahead. The latest report... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 04, 2010
Category:  General 
Rockstar Entrepreneurs Don't Come to Washington
If you have ever been around somebody trying to start or grow abusiness, you know that entrepreneurs don’t have time for much else,especially not for going to Washington to help keep policymakers up todate on how to encourage high growth entrepreneurship in America—nothurt it. When... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA Expands Microloan Program
The Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) has expanded its Microloan program as Recovery Act fundsare making their way into access to capital programs for small businesses. Theincreased funds -- an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance from the the American Recovery and... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA Introduces YouTube Channel
The Small Business Administration recently launched it's own YouTube channel, joining an increasing number of federal agencies that are taking advantage of the popular video-sharing platform to reach a larger audience.The channel will carry a variety of content aimed at helping support entrepreneurs and small... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Documenting the Impact of Broadband on Small Businesses
The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy islooking for a contractor to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of broadband speed and priceon small businesses. Advocacy offers toprovide assistance in obtaining access to non-proprietary FederalCommunications Commission (FCC) and other agency data, if necessary.The study... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Quarterly Indicators: Optimism Increasing Slightly
Thelatest update to the SBA Office of Advocacy’s Quarterly Indicators: TheEconomy and Small Business is now available. Real GDP fell only 1 percent in the second quarter of 2009compared to the previous quarter's 6.4 percent drop. Accordingly, smallbusiness owners seemed more optimistic in the second... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Category:  General 
Access to Credit Studies
The SBA's Office of Advocacy recently released “Small Business In Focus: Finance," a compendium of studies offering insights into the ways small businesses have used financing over recent decades. These insights are based on data from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Small Business Finances... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2009
Category:  General 

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