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Startup Visa Act of 2011
Moutray Chad
3/16/2011
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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.

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Goal of Doubling U.S. Exports
Moutray Chad
3/11/2011
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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...

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SBIR/STTR Reauthorization
Moutray Chad
3/10/2011
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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.

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Goolsbee at NABE
Moutray Chad
3/8/2011
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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.

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Patents and Innovative Entrepreneurship
Moutray Chad
3/4/2011
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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.

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Thoughts on Bernanke's Testimony
Moutray Chad
3/4/2011
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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.

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The Federal Budget Debate: To Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down
Moutray Chad
3/1/2011
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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.

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