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Who Do You Trust? Government or Entrepreneurs?
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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Who will lead us out of this recession? The answer seems fairly clear for a majority of the American public. A new survey by the Kauffman Foundation shows a strong public sentiment that government should be doing more to encourage entrepreneurship. Nearly 3-to-1 (63 percent...

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Expanding Equity Investment in Small Businesses
Marich Mark
3/26/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier today at the House Small Business Committee hearing on the impact of the current financial crisis on investment in small businesses and steps to expand equity investments. Our report of the hearing follows: In today’s hearing for the...

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HUBZone Program Under Fire
Marich Mark
3/26/2009
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PDE staff were on hand yesterday at the House Small Business Committee hearing on oversight of the Small Business Administration and its programs. Not surprisingly, recent reports of fraud in the HUBZones program dominated discussion. Our report of the hearing follows: The future of...

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Proposed SBA Budget Focus of Hearing
Marich Mark
3/26/2009
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PDE staff were on hand yesterday to cover the fairly routine Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 for the Small Business Administration. Our report follows:Over the last eight years the agency has seen a 28 percent...

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SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
Marich Mark
3/27/2009
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Well, it wasn't a long-term reauthorization that many wanted, but the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was extended recently through July 31, 2009. The Continuing Resolution keeping SBIR afloat expired on March 20 and while the House and Senate differed over the length of...

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Entrepreneurship and Recovery in New York City
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been making a big push to promote entrepreneurship as a path to the city’s economic recovery. Over the past several months, he has made several announcements related to expanded support for the city’s new and aspiring business owners....

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Reality Check: Scarce Talent
Ortmans Jonathan
3/30/2009
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The $787 billion economic stimulus package includes large investments in innovation in areas such as energy, health IT, and broadband. Developing these new technologies will be scientists and engineers, but here’s a reality check: we don’t have enough of them. Although increasing the number of U.S. scientists and engineers is a must, in the shorter term, we need a quicker fix: more high-skilled immigration.

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The 2009 Clean Tech Open
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded...

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The State of Entrepreneurship in Montana
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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Montana is among the most entrepreneurial states in the US, at least that's the message from a new study from Montana’s Workforce Information Center. The study assesses entrepreneurial activity in Montana according to a number of different metrics, including new business starts, new business growth,...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingSenate Small Business and EntrepreneurshipHearings to examine the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.Time --  09:30 a.m. April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingHouse Ways and MeansFull Committee, hearing on Health Reform in...

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