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There has been a lot talk in the past year about job creation, entrepreneurship and economic recovery. Under the economic pressures, it became more important to than ever to examine closely how to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of various groups in society. We know for example that women are under-represented among business founders in high-tech and other high-growth fields despite their increasing participation in science and engineering. Fortunately, we are better prepared every day to inform policy. Today, I examine some of the most recent findings on the factors that affect the survival and growth of startups founded by women.
What are leading economics bloggers thinking lately? The Kauffman Foundation has once again collected the views of more than 200 of these specialized bloggers in a mid-July survey.
While most college students scramble to find summer jobs, a handful of students at the University of Virginia will spend their summer trying to create some. This summer, the Darden Business Incubator will host 18 entrepreneurship ventures as MBA students -- and others in the U.Va. community -- bring...
Acknowledging that something must be done to address the issue of immigration when it relates to high-skilled workers and job creators, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced it was turning to Silicon Valley and other experts.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently unveiled a great new resource designed to link inventors with potential investors and business partners. The National Innovation Marketplace was developed in cooperation with Planet Eureka!, a private consultancy. The site, still in beta format,...
With largely unimpressive employment figures and sagging consumer confidence, the Obama administration is seemingly pulling out all the stops in its economic arsenal. It has focused on small businesses--touting its 17 tax cuts for small business owners—as well as new businesses through its support of programs like Startup America and the Global Entrepreneurship Program. And now it is looking to get into a bit of good old traditional economic development, trying to attract and retain businesses—convincing them to select US locations to either start or expand operations.
Female entrepreneurs in the United States benefit from more than just their own personal strengths and aspirations—they also benefit from an environment that is more open to women-led startups than any other country in the world. A new index released last month in Turkey at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference compared 17 countries across 30 indicators that foster high-potential entrepreneurship. For those hoping for a silver bullet issue to focus policy efforts, there isn’t one.
A new study by the SBA Office of Advocacy shows that veterans are at least 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than civilians who have never served in the military. While self-employment doesn't necessarily equal entrepreneurship, it is certainly one available measuring stick.
Given the seemingly unceasing tide of bad economic news, Forrester’s recent projections for the information technology (IT) market have to count as good tidings. Forrester is projecting business and government IT spending to grow by 1.9 percent in 2009. This is a big drop from...
The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010, an assessment of the productive potential of nations worldwide, is now available. Switzerland tops the overall competitiveness rankings, followed by the United States. The U.S. fell to second position after several years at the top of the...
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