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Press Conference on the Health Insurance Reform
Ortmans Jonathan
7/31/2009
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Yesterday at a press conference at the Capitol, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., discussed the effects skyrocketing health care costs on small businesses and...

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SBIR Temporarily Extended
Ortmans Jonathan
8/3/2009
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On Friday, July 31, President Obama signed into law “The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act Temporary Extension” (S. 1513), which temporarily reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs until September 30, 2009. This new two...

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Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst...

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Request for GAO Study on Trade Policies to Help Small Firms
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), was asked last Monday for a study on the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s (TPCC) progress in implementing an effective government-wide strategy to promote exporting for small businesses. The request came from Senate Committee...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
8/10/2009
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The Senate will begin recess this week.  When Congressional activities resume on Sep 8, 2009, we will continue to keep you informed about relevant hearings. Wednesday, August 12Senate Small Business Committee - Portsmouth Hearing “Small Business Survival, Weathering the Economy, Creating Jobs, and What the...

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Credit Card Debt Threatens Startup Survival
Marich Mark
8/12/2009
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According to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, while credit card debt often fills startup firms' equity gap, it reduces the likelihood that a new business will survive its first three years of operation.Credit card debt provides needed short-term funding, but it...

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Silver-lining Views among the Laid-Offs
Marich Mark
8/12/2009
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A new SnagAJob.com survey, suggest that some laid-off workers feel encouraged.  For an analysis of this survey, check out this article highlighting the companies started by laid-off people during this recession.Other studies and data have already made the case for entrepreneurship during recessions. We now...

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Small Business Costs and Employment Across Countries
Marich Mark
8/13/2009
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A newly released paper by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other industrialized countries. The authors...

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The EU Regional Research System
Marich Mark
8/13/2009
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A report by the European Commission titled Europe's Regional Research Systems: Current Trends and Structures provides interesting insights into R&D practices in that continent. This report is one of the main outcomes of the project to strengthen the foundations of the European Research Area.The report...

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Fellowship will Nurture 'Scientist-founders'
Marich Mark
8/14/2009
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced recently that it has selected 13 leading scientific postdoctoral researchers to become the first class of Kauffman Postdoctoral Fellows. The thirteen postdoctoral Fellows will receive support from an academic advisor to mentor him/her on matters beyond research, and an...

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