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Mark Marich

Cautious? Optimistic? How About Both?

It has been a while, so we thought we should check in on the Small Business Optimism Index compiled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The last time we highlighted the index, it showed entrepreneurs’ confidence trending higher overall but slipping somewhat in the fall of 2013. Since that point, entrepreneurs appear to have rallied and are feeling a bit better about their prospects – but that still looks to be more like cautious optimism than a full-fledged celebration.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including rising rates of entrepreneurship in middle America, a new space to drive innovation in Philadelphia, a $30 million initiative from JP Morgan Chase to support small business clusters, a British minister's call for UK universities to embrace entrepreneurship and the explosion of mobile internet investment.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Good News for Great Lakes Entrepreneurs

While technology and the viral nature of social media has made it possible to launch a startup with a global reach from day one, the funding to enable those startups still comes a lot closer to home. According to the latest Halo Report (Q1 2014) on angel investing, three out of every four angel deals are between an investor and company in the same state -- and the average size of those deals ($1.23M) is on the rise. That is good news for entrepreneurs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – who are seeing an increasing amount of deals and dollars lately.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including a new state funding program for high-tech entrepreneurs, teaching the value of intellectual property, the graying of American companies, tech giants driving venture capital and the elusiveness of patent trolls.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
California Students Embrace Entrepreneur Label

Part of the challenge in promoting an entrepreneurial culture on campuses throughout the U.S. and around the world is getting students from all disciplines to embrace the title and role of entrepreneur. According to a new ranking by Forbes, that isn’t a problem in California.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Education 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress have left Washington to travel back to their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the next tech bubble, challenges for women seeking venture capital, the economic development trend toward innovation ecosystems, science and technology dividends for Oklahoma and the trouble between SBIC and VC.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  General 
Committee Calls for More Data, Support Targeted to Female Entrepreneurs

While female entrepreneurs continue to increase their contributions to the U.S. economy, a new report suggests that Congress can and should do more to help them start and scale new firms. 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship, a report released last week by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, identified three primary challenges: fair access to capital, fair access to federal contracts and business training and counseling specific to female entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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