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The Need for Speed
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains $7.2 billion to help support and expand broadband deployment across the US. A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Policy Foundation reminds us that these critical investments are not just about allowing us to surf the...

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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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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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SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
Marich Mark
3/27/2009
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Well, it wasn't a long-term reauthorization that many wanted, but the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was extended recently through July 31, 2009. The Continuing Resolution keeping SBIR afloat expired on March 20 and while the House and Senate differed over the length of...

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Entrepreneurship and Recovery in New York City
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been making a big push to promote entrepreneurship as a path to the city’s economic recovery. Over the past several months, he has made several announcements related to expanded support for the city’s new and aspiring business owners....

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The 2009 Clean Tech Open
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded...

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The State of Entrepreneurship in Montana
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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Montana is among the most entrepreneurial states in the US, at least that's the message from a new study from Montana’s Workforce Information Center. The study assesses entrepreneurial activity in Montana according to a number of different metrics, including new business starts, new business growth,...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
3/30/2009
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April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingSenate Small Business and EntrepreneurshipHearings to examine the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.Time --  09:30 a.m. April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingHouse Ways and MeansFull Committee, hearing on Health Reform in...

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