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100 Day Countdown
Ortmans Jonathan
8/10/2009
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The economic downturn has placed a new focus on how to generate more “job creators” in our economies and made the idea of a global celebration of entrepreneurship as a path back to positive growth rates especially relevant. This past Saturday marked the 100-day countdown to what is now the largest entrepreneurship event in the world, kicking off November 16th, 2009 - Global Entrepreneurship Week - and I am asking for your help.

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Broadband Internet Grants
Ortmans Jonathan
8/7/2009
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Two broadband internet grants guides became available this week for small businesses interested in applying for $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to bring broadband internet service to underserved and rural communities across the nation. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship...

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Chicago: A Systems Approach to K-12 STEM Education
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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On Thursday, June 30, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing to examine how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in an urban K-12 system can work together to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education...

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Cutting Anti-entrepreneurial Red Tape through Smart Regulation
Ortmans Jonathan
8/17/2009
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As with any politically loaded term, any attempt at honest discussion of ‘regulation’ risks getting caught up in a web of assumptions and intellectual shortcuts.  One common fallacy is to put government regulation (e.g. patent laws, health care, tax compliance regulations, etc.) on one end of a continuum in which innovation and entrepreneurship are the opposite policy preference. However, a new approach seems to be emerging in innovation discussions: that the freedom to innovate is not governed by how much or how little regulation innovators face, but how smart it is.

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Expanding Human Dignity with Entrepreneurship
Ortmans Jonathan
8/3/2009
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Many readers of this blog are familiar with the Kauffman Foundation and its work around the role of the entrepreneur as the chief agent for innovation, job creation and economic growth. Today, I would like to comment on another contribution of entrepreneurship to society- the expansion of human dignity.

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In the National Interest: High-Skill Immigration Reform
Ortmans Jonathan
8/31/2009
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Before the August congressional recess, key Senators anticipated that an immigration reform bill will be ready for the Senate to consider this fall. Given that congressional action on immigration could start soon, it is time again to highlight why the U.S. needs a smart immigration reform that considers high-skilled immigrants’ contributions to the economy.

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Liability Litigation and Entrepreneurship: A Delicate Balance
Ortmans Jonathan
8/24/2009
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Last week, I highlighted the need for a smart regulation framework that doesn’t inhibit entrepreneurship. Today, I would like talk about liability litigation in more specificity. All businesses should be concerned about the inherent risk of bringing a new product or service to the market. However, entrepreneurship can suffer if liability litigation is pursued in ways that create too much uncertainty.

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Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst...

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Request for GAO Study on Trade Policies to Help Small Firms
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), was asked last Monday for a study on the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s (TPCC) progress in implementing an effective government-wide strategy to promote exporting for small businesses. The request came from Senate Committee...

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SBIR Temporarily Extended
Ortmans Jonathan
8/3/2009
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On Friday, July 31, President Obama signed into law “The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act Temporary Extension” (S. 1513), which temporarily reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs until September 30, 2009. This new two...

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