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Are Green Jobs Good?
Marich Mark
2/9/2009
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In the clamor for 'green jobs,' many advocates are avoiding the tough questions about whether green jobs are “good” jobs.  If so-called green collar workers are paid minimum wage, the real benefits of a green economy may be limited. A new study from Good Jobs...

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Big Ideas from "Green" Entrepreneurs?
Marich Mark
2/11/2009
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The World Bank is looking for a few bright ideas from the next generation of "green" entrepreneurs. It is sponsoring an international essay contest for 18-25 year olds to share ideas for youth-led solutions to challenges posed by climate change. The challenge casts a...

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Brookings’ Recommendations on American Competitiveness
Marich Mark
2/23/2009
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What can be done to revitalize the American economy? A group of scholars affiliated with the Brookings Institution recently offered some insights on the important issue of American competitiveness. Their broad categories of recommendations are tough to quibble with: Investing in Infrastructure, Investing in People,...

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Calling All Women Entrepreneurs
Marich Mark
2/2/2009
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Make Mine a Million, a non-profit focused on helping women entrepreneurs build high profile businesses, has recently announced a new initiative, The M3 Race. The Race is a year-long business growth marathon where women entrepreneurs sign up to meet certain business goals, such as generating...

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Do Business Plans Matter?
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
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Given all the attention paid to business plans as precursor to business start-ups, you would think that there would be strong evidence that such plans lead to better business outcomes. Somewhat surprisingly, the linkages aren’t quite so clear.New research sponsored by the US Small Business...

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Energy Discovery-Innovation Institutes
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
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The quest for clean and green energy is generating a lot of interesting ideas and policy proposals. The latest comes from a group of researchers affiliated with the Brookings Institution that recommend the creation of a nationwide series of Energy-Discovery Innovation Institutes. The institutes would...

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Entrepreneurs Promoting Social Value
Marich Mark
2/4/2009
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Kudos to BusinessWeek for getting the focus right, if not the label. It is looking for the 'most promising social entrepreneurs' in the U.S. – those who aim to both turn a profit and solve social problems.Social entrepreneurship as a concept--using entrepreneurial skills and principles...

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the States
Marich Mark
2/9/2009
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As economic challenges pile up, states are facing tough times. While slashing budgets and cutting services, Governors and other state leaders also recognize that the path to prosperity will depend on how their states succeed in supporting the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship of local businesses...

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GAO’s High Risk Series: 2009
Marich Mark
2/2/2009
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At the beginning of each Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes its listing of Federal programs and efforts that are at “high risk” for waste, mismanagement, and abuse. This listing is designed to shine a light on these problems areas, and to help drive...

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Global Innovation Index 2008-2009
Marich Mark
2/2/2009
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INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school, has recently published the latest edition of its Global Innovation Index, which benchmarks the world’s most innovative economies. Given the seemingly unending stream of glum economic news, it’s nice to share some good news. The US still ranks as the...

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