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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
5/18/2009
Blog Resource
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Monday, May 18, 2009 House Energy and Commerce - Full Committee Markup"American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009 Markup"01:00 PM2123 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Senate Appropriations - Energy and Water Development Subcommittee - Hearing"Hearings to examine funding and oversight...

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No Business Plan? Don't Worry
Marich Mark
5/19/2009
Blog Resource
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Business plans are an important tool for entrepreneurs, but a new study revealed that when it comes to obtaining venture capital, business plans are of little importance. Researchers Brent Goldfarb, David A. Kirsch, and Azi Gera from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School...

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lecture
Westly Steve
5/20/2009
VideoSeries Resource
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Steve Westly is the Founder and a Managing Partner of the Westly Group. He formerly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California - the world's sixth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation's two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion. During his four-year term, Westly spearheaded innovative tax programs that helped close the State's budget deficit and also led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. Before running for office, Westly helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Westly helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm's exponential growth. He began his career in Washington, D.C., first working on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Westly returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities. He?s also held senior positions at Sprint Communications, Netcom, and WhoWhere?. Westly holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he served on the faculty for five years. He and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California.

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The Economy and Small Business in the First Quarter
Marich Mark
5/20/2009
Blog Resource
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The SBA recently released the latest Quarterly Indicators. Not surprisingly, poor sales and access to credit are major issues for small business owners these days. Incorporated self-employment fell by 200,000. Yet, entrepreneurs are not giving up. Unincorporated self-employment has recovered to its March 2008 level....

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What Accounts for the Overproportion of Immigrant Entrepreneurs?
Ortmans Jonathan
5/21/2009
Blog Resource
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Another news article has highlighted the overproportion of entrepreneurs in places like Silicon Valley: over half (52.4 percent) of the startups contributing to innovation and wealth creation in that region have at least one immigrant founder. This New York Times article asks “Why this overproportion?”...

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Schramm to Students: "Join the Army of Entrepreneurs"
Marich Mark
5/22/2009
Blog Resource
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In his commencement address to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last Sunday, Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Carl Schramm told students:"We need an army of the smartest, most passionate young people to try their hand at building a business--people who will take their heads...

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Saving Detroit
Marich Mark
5/26/2009
Blog Resource
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Will propping up the flailing automotive industry save Detroit? Not likely. Any sustainable solution is going to have to center on fostering entrepreneurial activity which will generate new jobs. A new partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
5/26/2009
Blog Resource
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There are no hearings scheduled for this week as Congress is in recess. The next meeting of the Senate is June 1, 2009; the House next meets June 2, 2009.

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More VC Leadership at the SBA
Ortmans Jonathan
5/27/2009
Blog Resource
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Last Thursday, President Obama announced his nomination for the position of Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The nominee, Winslow Sargeant, is a managing director in the technology practice at Wisconsin-based venture firm Venture Investors LLC. The first thing that comes to...

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NAS Study on SBIR Adds Hope for the VC Industry
Ortmans Jonathan
5/29/2009
Blog Resource
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As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program approaches, evidence is mounting on both sides of the debate that has been pushing the decision about the future of SBIR back since March. This time, a new study supports the...

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