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Entrepreneurship and Recovery in New York City
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been making a big push to promote entrepreneurship as a path to the city’s economic recovery. Over the past several months, he has made several announcements related to expanded support for the city’s new and aspiring business owners.... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Workforce 
The 2009 Clean Tech Open
A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 
The State of Entrepreneurship in Montana
Montana is among the most entrepreneurial states in the US, at least that's the message from a new study from Montana’s Workforce Information Center. The study assesses entrepreneurial activity in Montana according to a number of different metrics, including new business starts, new business growth,... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  General 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingSenate Small Business and EntrepreneurshipHearings to examine the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.Time --  09:30 a.m. April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingHouse Ways and MeansFull Committee, hearing on Health Reform in... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Reality Check: Scarce Talent
The $787 billion economic stimulus package includes largeinvestments in innovation in areas such as energy, health IT, andbroadband. Developing these new technologies will be scientists andengineers, but here’s a reality check: we don’t have enough of them.Although increasing the number of U.S. scientists and engineers... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Global  Immigration  Workforce 
SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
Well, it wasn't a long-term reauthorization that many wanted, but the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was extended recently through July 31, 2009. The Continuing Resolution keeping SBIR afloat expired on March 20 and while the House and Senate differed over the length of... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Expanding Equity Investment in Small Businesses
PDE staff were on hand earlier today at the House Small Business Committee hearing on the impact of the current financial crisis on investment in small businesses and steps to expand equity investments. Our report of the hearing follows: In today’s hearing for the... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
HUBZone Program Under Fire
PDE staff were on hand yesterday at the House Small Business Committee hearing on oversight of the Small Business Administration and its programs. Not surprisingly, recent reports of fraud in the HUBZones program dominated discussion. Our report of the hearing follows: The future of... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Proposed SBA Budget Focus of Hearing
PDE staff were on hand yesterday to cover the fairly routine Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 for the Small Business Administration. Our report follows:Over the last eight years the agency has seen a 28 percent... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Has Entrepreneurship Become Cool?
Has entrepreneurship become cool?Of course we like to think so, but it's nice to see that The Economist feels the same way. About twice each month, the self proclaimed "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion" publishes 'special reports' that... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  Global 

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