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Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship

At the Kauffman Foundation, we know that senior entrepreneurship is booming. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Research and Policy Dane Strangler filled the senate committee members in on this little known fact, stating that entrepreneurship is not exclusive to the young and hip.

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Taylor Brown
on August 21, 2014
Ewing Kauffman: A Founder's Legacy

In the month of September, we remember the birthday of our founder Ewing Marion Kauffman. From humble beginnings, Mr. Kauffman knew the fruits of hard work could change a person's journey through life. He believed the combination of an entrepreneurial ambition and an unconquerable determination could affect the economic welfare of a country - one entrepreneur at a time.

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Amanda Schnieders
on September 17, 2013
'Dream Big America' Increases Startup Exposure

Last week we launched a brand new program for startup companies who had previously presented at 1 Million Cups, the Kauffman Foundation's weekly educational program that features two local startups presenting to the community over coffee. This new effort, launched with the folks at Dream Big America, will continue to put a spotlight on startup companies from throughout the country.

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Nate Olson
on July 17, 2013
A Model for Community College Entrepreneurship Takes the National Stage

Yesterday, the Kauffman Foundation announced a $1 million grant to Lorain County Community College to replicate its Innovation Fund model, which connects entrepreneurs to mentorship, education and capital, on a national scale.

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Thom Ruhe
on June 1, 2012
IPOs Going Going Gone?

As analysts debate over Facebook’s “failure” of an Initial Public Offering, one thing has been made clear through some recently released Kauffman Foundation research: America’s slump in IPOs does not bode well for our nation’s job creation or economic growth.

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Thom Ruhe
on May 22, 2012
The Ebb and Flow of Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation has released its “Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity” for 2011. The numbers reveal a decline in the rate of new business creation in 2011 as compared to 2010, but don't be too quick to judge.

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Thom Ruhe
on March 27, 2012
Super Sunday Can Inspire Super Startups

As millions of Americans tune in to watch Super Bowl 46 and the most-anticipated commercials of the year, I hope a certain 30-second spot catches some eyes.

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Thom Ruhe
on January 31, 2012
Kauffman Scholar Debuts Blog on Wired.com

Social Dimension, a new blog on Wired.com written by Kauffman Foundation Senior Scholar Samuel Arbesman, explores the mathematics behind understanding society and civilization.

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Thom Ruhe
on January 5, 2012
Making a List

As the year winds down, thoughts naturally reflect on the year's accomplishments, challenges, regrets and hopes that we carry into the new year. As an entrepreneur, I have found it an excellent time to take stock and make an inventory of the resources and assets that I have come to rely upon and expect to continue to value in the future. With that in mind, I wanted to share my year-end inventory of programs, resources, and organizations that are serving the interests of entrepreneurs.

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Thom Ruhe
on December 16, 2011
A World United by Entrepreneurship

For one week the world unites, across borders and languages, to celebrate entrepreneurs and innovators...to celebrate the world’s job creators.

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Thom Ruhe
on November 14, 2011

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