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Reducing Regulatory Burdens

One of the hot topics in Washington – at least among business interest groups – is the issue of regulation, or as many of them would suggest regulatory overreach.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for instance, has made this one of their top concerns this year...

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Posted by: Anonymous
on April 1, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
Cyber Security and Threats to Business

Earlier this year, Senate Democrats introduced the “Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011”.  This bill, which was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) with a number of cosponsors, is needed, according to its authors, because of emerging threats to businesses and national security.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on March 29, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 22-28)

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: Business Clusters 'Irrelevant' for Innovation, Study Finds (The Globe & Mail)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 28, 2011
Education as a Driver of Growth

With unemployment rates near nine percent, politicians of both parties continue to discuss ways to spur economic growth and job creation. Lost in much of this debate is the role of education. Indeed, some economists have suggested that structural (as well as cyclical) issues are preventing the unemployment rate from falling.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on March 25, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
Making the R&D Tax Credit Permanent

When making long-term investments, either on physical capital or for research and development, businesses need certainty from Washington. When President Obama signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010” (H.R. 4853) on December 17, 2010, among its many provisions, he reauthorized the Research & Experimentation Tax Credit, which is more commonly known as the R&D tax credit.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on March 24, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
SBA Budget Under Fire

Last week, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, made headlines when he proposed nearly $100 million in cuts to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s FY 2012 budget.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on March 22, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 15-21)

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: Top 10 University Tech Transfer Events of 2010 (Blogging Innovation)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 21, 2011
Category:  General 
America Invests Act of 2011

I recently wrote about the tremendous backlog of patent applications at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).  Indeed, with a backlog of over 700,000 patent applications, investors have become frustrated with long processing times.  Yet, as I was writing about the PTO budget, the U.S. Senate was considering a major reform of the patenting process.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on March 21, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
China Takes Center Stage in the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution

We are a week away from another historic global entrepreneurship event - this time in Shanghai, China, for the annual gathering of global leaders in the entrepreneurial movement led by the Kauffman Foundation.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 21, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Mar. 21

Both houses of Congress are out of town for a State / District Work Period. However, a few field hearings are scheduled on the House side dealing with energy & education and how they relate to job growth.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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