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Economy Will Revive with Help from Entrepreneurs
Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy recently released its annual report The Small Business Economy. In an accompanying letter to the President, the report affirms that “the economy will revive, with help from America’s entrepreneurs.” This new edition documents the effects of the 2008 recession on... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
TARP Funds for Small Businesses?
The Obama Administration revealed last week that an initiative to redirect some of the $700 billion TARP funds away from banks and towards helping small businesses is on the table. Although no amounts have been specified, this new initiative would represent a significant shift... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Update on SBIR Reauthorization
Late on Monday (07/13/2009), the Senate passed S. 1233 via unanimous consent. This bill would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs through 2023 and change the eligibility criterion for VC-backed firms. This bill would let the National... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA Funding on the Rise
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which incorporates a $22 million increase for the Small Business Administration (SBA) over the President’s request. The bill allocates a total of $697 million in funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
House Approves SBIR Reauthorization
On July 8, 2009 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2965, the Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009 by a vote of 386-41. This legislation would reauthorize through 2011 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
Indicators of Entrepreneurial Tendencies
A newly released report by the Kauffman Foundation, Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, reveals that the majority of entrepreneurs had early propensity toward starting companies, judging by their academic performance and socio-economic backgrounds. For the study, author Vivek Wadwha surveyed 549 entrepreneurs in high-growth industries, including... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Gender and High-Tech Entrepreneurship
A new research paper, Sources of Financing for New Technology Firms: A Comparison by Gender, shows that women continue to use a different financial strategy and lag behind men-owned firms in numerous performance measures over time. The study is fifth in a series of Kauffman... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  General 
Dissertation Fellowships Available
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2010 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Kauffman Foundation supports doctoral students through the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program. The Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 10, 2009
Category:  General 
Obama Announces Choice to Head EDA
President Obama announced on Monday his nomination of John Fernandez to head the Economic Development Administration as the new Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. Most recently, Fernandez worked for the Indianapolis-based law firm ofKrieg Devault, advising private and governmental organizations oneconomic development, public... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Inc.'s Lemonade Stand Contest
Who says that the little guys never get any recognition? Inc. magazine is calling for entries into its annual "Best Lemonade Stand in America" contest to highlight the entrepreneurial chops of business-savvy 5 - 12 year olds.  Top prize last year went to a pair... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 06, 2009
Category:  General 

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