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Who's Starting Up While the Government Shuts Down?
Mark Marich
10/7/2013
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Look around and you will find a number of articles on the effects of the political stalemate / government shutdown on entrepreneurs. For “small businesses”, the effects are quite clear, mostly relating to government contracts (more than half the federal spending would go through federal contracts before the shutdown) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In addition, with 62% of the SBA’s staff furloughed, all counseling is on hold until the government is back up and running. The suspension of these contracts, loans and services represents an immediate “brake” on the economy.

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White House White Board Looks at Startup America
Marich Mark
8/8/2011
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Once or twice in the past we have pointed to the “White House White Board,” a quirky feature on whitehouse.gov used to illustrate (and simplify) whatever it is the administration wants to talk about. Recently, it marked the first 180 days of Startup America with a self-conducted progress report on administration commitments to improve the environment for high-growth entrepreneurship. Read More
White House Wants to Accelerate Federal Research to Market
Marich Mark
10/31/2011
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Late last week, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced two Presidential Memoranda intended to help businesses expand and create jobs. In addition to a new web portal, BusinessUSA.gov, the administration wants to encourage the creation of entrepreneurial startups by accelerating the movement of research conducted in federal labs into the commercial marketplace.

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Where Will the Jobs Come From?
Marich Mark
6/25/2010
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PDE staff were on hand for a Kauffman Foundation briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 22. Our report of the event follows:While the job creation discussion usually defaults to a debate between big and small companies, often ignored are...

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Where Have All the New Firms Gone?
Marich Mark
5/7/2012
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At a time when policymakers throughout the U.S.--and all over the world for that matter--are pointing to the job creating power of entrepreneurs and small business owners, a new study from the Kauffman Foundation points out a worrisome trend. The nation's business startup rate fell below 8 percent for the first time in 2010, marking the lowest point on record for new firm births.

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When Politicians Can't Be Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurs Must Be Political
Marich Mark
9/20/2010
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Guest post by Byron Kennard

Is DC defunct? It sure seems that way. Just about everybody is bemoaning Washington’s dysfunctional political system. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 73 percent of respondents consider the system “broken.”  Only 15 percent think it workable. Fifteen percent?!  Louis XVI had higher public approval ratings on the day the Bastille fell. What’s next? A guillotine installed on Lafayette Square?

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When In Rome...
Thom Ruhe
10/16/2013
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I recently returned from participating in the 2nd Annual Rome Forum of the Harambe Entrepreneurial Alliance, hosted by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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What's ahead for the FDA?
Kirkner Rich
11/9/2011
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Should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protect the public or drive innovation? One industry leader gives us his take on the future of the FDA.

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What the President Should Say Tomorrow
Cushman Cameron
1/24/2011
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Dear Mr. President, the nation's entrepreneurs are counting on you tomorrow night. Want to use your State of the Union speech to lay out a plan for real economic growth? Here's what you should say.

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What Our Language Says About Us
Cushman Cameron
8/20/2010
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Recently, the Oxford English Dictionary released its annual list of new words in the English language. I was struck by how the list reflects the current times in our country, not only in popular culture, but also in our current political and economic climate.

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