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2009

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]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Science and the Public
A new report by the Pew ResearchCenter for the People& the Press in collaboration with the American Association for theAdvancement of Science (AAAS) found that the majority of Americans think"that science has had a positive effect on society” and that science hasmade life easier for... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
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]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 24, 2009
Category:  General 
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]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 17, 2009
Category:  Red Tape 
Fellowship will Nurture 'Scientist-founders'
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced recently that it has selected 13 leading scientific postdoctoral researchers to become the first class of Kauffman Postdoctoral Fellows. The thirteen postdoctoral Fellows will receive support from an academic advisor to mentor him/her on matters beyond research, and an... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 14, 2009
Category:  General  Technology Transfer 
The EU Regional Research System
A report by the European Commission titled Europe's Regional Research Systems: Current Trends and Structures provides interesting insights into R&D practices in that continent. This report is one of the main outcomes of the project to strengthen the foundations of the European Research Area.The report... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 13, 2009
Small Business Costs and Employment Across Countries
A newly released paper by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other industrialized countries. The authors... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Silver-lining Views among the Laid-Offs
A new SnagAJob.com survey, suggest that some laid-off workers feel encouraged.  For an analysis of this survey, check out this article highlighting the companies started by laid-off people during this recession.Other studies and data have already made the case for entrepreneurship during recessions. We now... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 12, 2009
Category:  General 
Credit Card Debt Threatens Startup Survival
According to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, while credit card debt often fills startup firms' equity gap, it reduces the likelihood that a new business will survive its first three years of operation.Credit card debt provides needed short-term funding, but it... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 12, 2009
Category:  General 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
The Senate will begin recess this week.  When Congressional activities resume on Sep 8, 2009, we will continue to keep you informed about relevant hearings. Wednesday, August 12Senate Small Business Committee - Portsmouth Hearing “Small Business Survival, Weathering the Economy, Creating Jobs, and What the... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 10, 2009

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