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Hearing This Week
Marich Mark
1/14/2010
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The following hearing details were announced after our Monday newsletter. It will take place in Palo Alto, CA. Friday, January 15, 2010House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Hearing“The Impact of U.S. Export Controls on National Security, Science and Technological Leadership”10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)Arrillaga Alumni Center,...

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Hotspots for Cleantech
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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As everyone continues to look to cleantech as a hot industry for the coming year, what are the best places to be to capitalize on the trend? A recent post from the Cleantech Group ranked the top universities, while an earlier post looked at the...

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Lending to Small Business Shrinks $1B
Marich Mark
1/20/2010
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Last Friday (Jan. 15), the Treasury Department released a report finding major banks have cut small business lending by $1 billion in November 2009.This marks the seventh straight month of decline in small business lending. The banks' total lending dropped 4.6% in that seven-month period....

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NSF’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2010
Marich Mark
1/27/2010
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The Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report is now available. Here are a few highlights:   The United States remained by far the single largest R&D-performing country. Its R&D expenditure of $369 billion in 2007 exceeded the Asian region’s total of $338 billion and the EU’s (EU-27)...

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Obama's Social Innovation Fund
Marich Mark
1/14/2010
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The Corporation for National and Community Service will receive public feedback on their draft Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) until the end of this week.SIF is a new public-private initiative created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America...

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Protecting U.S. Global Dominance in Biomedical Products
Marich Mark
1/28/2010
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A new Kauffman Foundation paper, The Distributed Partnering Model for Drug Discovery and Development, argues that drug discovery is in jeopardy and recommends a new “distributed partnership model” for speeding therapeutic products to market. In the 20th century, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies were the major...

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Ranking the States: South Dakota Down to DC
Marich Mark
1/11/2010
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South Dakota was recently named the most entrepreneur friendly state in the Small Business Survival Index put out each year by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. The 2009 edition again ranks the policy environment of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia -...

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Senate Asks SBA to Implement FAST Partnership
Marich Mark
1/26/2010
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Last week, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) co-signed a letter from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, requesting that the SBA swiftly implement the allocated funds for the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership. FAST provides...

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Steady New Company Creation
Marich Mark
1/14/2010
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A new Kauffman Foundation study, Exploring Firm Formation: Why Is the Number of New Firms Constant?, reveals that the annual new-business creation in the United States remains remarkably constant across time. This indicates that economic conditions, population growth, scarce or abundant capital, technological advances and...

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The Future of Community Development Venture Capital
Marich Mark
1/27/2010
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When President Barack Obama called for sweeping new restrictions on the ability of commercial banks to make a variety of investments, some started worrying that the restrictions could include investments in community development venture capital (CDVC) funds.  The Wall Street Journal reported in “Bank Rules...

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