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This Week in Entrepreneurial Policy (July 11 - July 17)

Commercialization and job creation in nanotechnology get a look from the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce & Transportation this week, while a joint hearing on "Tax Reform & the Tax Treatment of Debt and Equity" brings together the House Committee on Ways & Means and the Senate Finance Committee.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 11, 2011
Egypt's Young Entrepreneurs

Last June, the United Nations Development Program released its Human Development Report for Egypt, which noted that 90 percent of the country’s unemployed, estimated to be 8 million, were younger than 30. Not surprisingly, time and again at post-revolution gatherings of political leaders and civil sector organizations set on creating a clear roadmap for the country’s political and economic development, youth entrepreneurship emerges as a key recommendation.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 11, 2011
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (July 11 - 17)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 11, 2011
A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship

Last Monday, I pointed out the latest issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas that featured ways government can promote firm formation and growth.

This week, the authors take center stage at the National Press Club for a panel discussion on "From the Ground Up: A Progressive Agenda for Fostering Entrepreneurship." The symposium covers a broad range of priorities. From promoting minority business ownership and enacting smart immigration reform to teaching entrepreneurship in our schools and encouraging innovation clusters, progressives can unite behind an agenda that promotes entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 27, 2011
Entrepreneurs Forecast Economic Improvement in Next 6 Months

If you ask an entrepreneur, the global economy is starting to perk up a bit. In the most recent ‘Global Entrepreneur Indicator’ survey, 62% experienced an increase in their net profits -- a 25% increase over the previous year -- while 57% added jobs since last surveyed.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 27, 2011
State of Small Business Access to Capital

PDE staff were on hand for a House Committee on Small Business hearing on Capitol Hill on June 22. Our report of the hearing follows:
There is no debating the fact that the financial crisis has adversely impacted small businesses. Indeed, this fact was the common theme that ran through the opening statements of a recent hearing held by the House Committee on Small Business.

Following opening remarks by Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY), Chairman and Ranking Member respectively, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner delivered a summary of his written testimony on the “State of Small Business Access to Capital.”

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 27, 2011
Patent Reform Passes: Who Won?

Last week, a patent reform bill, the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), passed the House of Representatives. On March 8, the Senate passed a similar patent bill (S. 23) by a broad margin. There is no doubt our patent system is broken with backlogs and litigation, but the bill’s net effect on innovative entrepreneurship is still unclear.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on June 27, 2011
This Week in Entrepreneurial Policy (June 27 - July 3)

Members of the House are back in their home districts for a Constituent Work Week and will return after the Independence Day holiday. On the Senate side, a light week is highlighted by a Finance Committee hearing on simplifying the tax code.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 27, 2011
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (June 27 - July 3)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 27, 2011
Boosting Britain's Entrepreneurial Talent

According to The Times CEO Summit here in London, Britain is mid-table in the world growth league, but committed to a new rigorous economic agenda. Now that the painful job of drastic budget cuts is underway and an often angry public has aired its grievances, Prime Minister David Cameron appears to be intently focused on new firm formation, the know-how economy, the next digital revolution and private input into “innovating down” health costs. He is determined to protect his AAA Standard & Poors evaluation and keep his economy from heading in the direction of others like Greece.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on June 21, 2011

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