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When you talk to anyone in government this week, one word is on everyone’s mind: “shutdown.” The federal government is already setting up contingency plans on what it will do if the Congress cannot agree on a new continuing resolution by March 4.
This week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his semiannual monetary update to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services. The prospect of higher commodity prices has the potential of squeezing business owners’ profitability at a most inopportune time – when otherwise the economy itself is starting to get some traction.
Innovation is the lifeblood for many entrepreneurial ventures. As William Baumol has written, innovative inventors help to push our economies forward in “revolutionary” ways, helping us to stay competitive and bring new ideas to the marketplace.
Austan Goolsbee, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, addressed the members of the NABE at their annual policy conference in Arlington, Virginia discussed the dramatic steps taken by policymakers to tackle the economic crisis.
On March 9, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee reviewed the “SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011” (S.493). It would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the next eight years.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. trade balance widened somewhat in January, with the country importing $46.3 billion more than it exported. While exports of goods and services continue to rise, import growth is outstripping it right now. Ideally, we would like to have our net exports expand...
America needs more startups, especially those which might someday grow into high-impact, high-growth firms. Despite adding over one million net new jobs in 2010, the U.S. has over 7 million fewer nonfarm payroll employees today than at the end of 2007 when the recession began. Research from the Kauffman Foundation and others support this notion, with startups accounting for most of the net new jobs in the economy and adding new vitality to the marketplace.
On March 16, the House Republican leadership hosted a forum on job creation with business leaders from across the country discussing the obstacles to growing their companies. Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “We believe that you need to listen to those who are willing to take a risk and bet on America.” He added that we should ensure that we best position our country for entrepreneurship. Speaker of the House John Boehner said that many Americans continue to ask, “Where are the jobs?”
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.
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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