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2009

Broadband Internet Grants
Two broadband internet grants guides became available this week for small businesses interested in applying for $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to bring broadband internet service to underserved and rural communities across the nation. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 07, 2009
Category:  General 
Chicago: A Systems Approach to K-12 STEM Education
On Thursday, June 30, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing to examine how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in an urban K-12 system can work together to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
Request for GAO Study on Trade Policies to Help Small Firms
Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), was asked last Monday for a study on the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s (TPCC) progress in implementing an effective government-wide strategy to promote exporting for small businesses. The request came from Senate Committee... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  General 
Updated Statistics of U.S. Businesses
The Census Bureau has released 2005-2006 updates to the Statistics of U.S. Businesses. The SBA Office of Advocacy, which partially funded this project, announced that the newly added data include business openings/closings and job creation/destruction by industry and geographic location. A new component of this... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
SBIR Temporarily Extended
On Friday, July 31, President Obama signed into law “The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act Temporary Extension” (S. 1513), which temporarily reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs until September 30, 2009. This new two... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on August 03, 2009
Category:  General 
Ideas on Corporate Tax Reform
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a new report, Effective Corporate Tax Reform in the Global Innovation Economy, in which Robert Atkinson examines the issue of corporate tax reform.At the release of the report, C. Fritz Foley, Associate Professor at the Harvard Business... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 31, 2009
Category:  Tax Code 
“Can Washington Power Up Inventiveness?”
That was the title of the July 20 event of the New America Foundation, in which the Kauffman Foundation’s Bob Litan laid out some principles to provide a sense of direction in the heavy debate on whether innovative entrepreneurship lies in the hands of government... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 31, 2009
Category:  General 
Press Conference on the Health Insurance Reform
Yesterday at a press conference at the Capitol, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., discussed the effects skyrocketing health care costs on small businesses and... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 31, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
Research Contracting Opportunities at the SBA
The SBA Office of Advocacy is receiving research proposals on the status of small businesses, which may provide policymaking insight or serve as a foundation for further research.  Areas of continuing interest include:-    The Tax Gap and Small Business-    Credit Markets for Small Businesses in... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 29, 2009
Category:  General 

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