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Kauffman to Air PSA During Super Bowl

For years, anticipation surrounding what commercials would play during the Super Bowl has almost matched that of the game itself. Some spots—like 1984’s Apple: 1984 or 2003’s Terry Tate: Office Linebacker—have so much staying power that you can probably close your eyes and picture them still today (before clicking on the links to watch them on YouTube, of course).

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
Small Biz Jobs Up, Wages & Hours Down

First, the good news. According to the latest Small Business Employment Index released by Intuit, small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January. The total represents an increase of 0.2 percent over the last month--equating to an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Branson to Headline Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Sir Richard Branson is backing the world’s entrepreneurs as the primary engine of economic growth and global stability by joining the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Hearings and other meetings heat up during the week ahead on both sides of the U.S. Capitol. A roundtable discussion on “Developing & Strengthening High-growth Entrepreneurship,” including PDE’s Jonathan Ortmans, leads the way in the Senate while the House Budget Committee hears from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on “The State of the US Economy.” Meanwhile, off the Hill, Steve Case of the Startup America Partnership joins Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Mark Warner to talk about the Startup Act and ‘Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship.’

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Global Race to Create the Best Startup Ecosystem

The recent announcement of Richard Branson, the world-famous entrepreneur best known for his Virgin brand empire and his passion for adventure sports, as the headline speaker at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress has generated a significant amount of attention and interest.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 30, 2012
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

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 January 30, 2012
Small Biz Owners Optimistic?

As the White House fine tunes its messaging for the upcoming State of the Union Address, small business owners are starting to feel a bit more confident about the economic outlook, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. A commonly used phrase in the NFIB work last year was ‘stubbornly cautious’. However, the new numbers show continued growth in optimism--the December figures were positive for the fourth consecutive month.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
Winners of EDAs i6 Challenge Visit Capitol Hill

The last we heard from the i6 Challenge, the Economic Development Administration was looking for comments on the "X Prize-style" competition designed to help additional cities develop economic blueprints for the future. Last week, four of the six winners of the competition were featured at a hearing on Capitol Hill to provide members of Congress with a look at how federal funds are impacting regional economic growth.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Things are starting to pick up on Capitol Hill as the House of Representatives is set to reconvene tomorrow (Nov. 17). Relevant hearings are already scheduled for several committees, including Financial Services, Armed Services and Oversight & Government Reform. The Senate will reconvene next Monday, January 23.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
New Beginnings in Belarus

As a lead up to the March 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, I will spotlight here a handful of the 120 nations gathering in Liverpool to develop the best entrepreneurial ecosystems. Today we look at Belarus.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 23, 2012
Category:  Global 

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