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Next PDE Briefing to Address Immigration & Innovation
Marich Mark
3/22/2009
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The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am -...

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The Power of Entrepreneurial Development Systems
Marich Mark
3/22/2009
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Several years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided grants to six rural regions to begin an effort to develop local entrepreneurial development systems, which were designed to provide a range of support services to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Aspen Institute has recently published...

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Has Entrepreneurship Become Cool?
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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Has entrepreneurship become cool?Of course we like to think so, but it's nice to see that The Economist feels the same way. About twice each month, the self proclaimed "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion" publishes 'special reports' that...

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Innovation at Small Firms
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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The latest report from the Intuit Future of Small Business series takes a look at how small firms innovate. The report notes that, while small business owners are natural innovators, few view themselves in this manner. Instead, they refer to “tweaks,” “improvements,” or “experiments.” To...

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Innovation in Manufacturing
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return...

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New Programs to Support Small Business Lending
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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The Obama Administration seems to be warming up to an important fact: entrepreneurs will be the real drivers of new job creation and economic recovery.  The latest evidence comes from last Monday’s White House announcement of a series of measures to help address the credit...

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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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