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SBA Expands Microloan Program
Marich Mark
9/1/2009
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The Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) has expanded its Microloan program as Recovery Act fundsare making their way into access to capital programs for small businesses. Theincreased funds -- an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance from the the American Recovery and...

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Small Businesses FAQs
Marich Mark
9/8/2009
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The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy released its annual update to its “Frequently Asked Questions” document.  It estimates that there were 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2008. An estimated 627,200 new employer firms began operation in 2008, and 595,600 firms closed...

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Fernandez confirmed at EDA
Marich Mark
9/11/2009
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President Obama's selection to head the Economic Development Administration, John Fernandez, was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate. The following is a press release issued by the Commerce Department: JOHN R. FERNANDEZ CONFIRMED AS U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWASHINGTON -- U.S. Commerce Secretary...

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Developments in Washington from the Perspective of Small Businesses
Marich Mark
9/16/2009
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PDE staff participated in a Virtual Summit organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Our report of the event follows:On September 15, the NFIB held a Virtual Summit featuring interesting debates on the impact of health care reform proposals and the state of...

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An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Finance - Open Executive Session"Business meeting to consider an original bill providing for health care reform."9:00 a.m.Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216   [more info]  Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Roundtable"Small Business...

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Don't Worry, Be Happy
Marich Mark
9/23/2009
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Despite the gloomy outlook from entrepreneurs on the status of the U.S. economic recovery, a recent story in the Wall Street Journal suggests that entrepreneurs are typically a happy bunch. Somewhat surprising numbers considering the risk and long hours involved in running one's own business, but...

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Entrepreneurs' Movement Launches at Inc. 500
Marich Mark
9/23/2009
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In a piece on the Huffington Post, Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, outlines the rationale for a new movement to support America's entrepreneurs. Schramm points to the fact that "since 1980, all net job growth has come from businesses less than...

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What Do Entrepreneurs Think?
Marich Mark
9/23/2009
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A new survey of American entrepreneurs conducted by theEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation revealed that entrepreneurs continue tostruggle despite increasing optimism about the economy on Wall Street and thatthey want government to do more to encourage entrepreneurship. Conducted one week before Federal Reserve Chairman BenBernanke...

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Rockstar Entrepreneurs Don't Come to Washington
Ortmans Jonathan
9/28/2009
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If you have ever been around somebody trying to start or grow abusiness, you know that entrepreneurs don’t have time for much else,especially not for going to Washington to help keep policymakers up todate on how to encourage high growth entrepreneurship in America—nothurt it. When...

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