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Excellence in Economic Development
Marich Mark
6/8/2009
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Secretary Locke (left) with PDE's Jonathan Ortmans at a previous meeting discussing entrepreneurship as a means of economic development Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the seven winners of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2009. “Excellence Award winners exemplify the...

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Legislative Initiatives to Modernize & Strengthen SBIR and STTR
Marich Mark
6/8/2009
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PDE staff were on hand last week for a hearing held by the House Small Business Subcommitte on Contracting and Technology. Our report of the hearing--Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR and STTR Programs--follows:The reauthorization of the Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR)...

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House Approves Two Bills for Inter-Agency Coordination in S&T
Marich Mark
6/9/2009
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The science and technology bills are moving along the legislative process. The House of Representatives approved yesterday two bills that originated in the Committee on Science and Technology and that share the common theme of interagency coordination and knowledge-sharing.H.R. 1736, the International Science and Technology...

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Trade Opportunities for Small Businesses
Marich Mark
6/9/2009
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The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, (D-La), introduced a bill to help increase small business trade opportunities. S.1196,  The Small Business International Trade Enhancements Act of 2009 improves the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade to help small...

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A Bill on the Future of SBIR
Ortmans Jonathan
6/12/2009
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The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship introduced this week a legislation to reauthorize the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program along with the Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR), which were scheduled to expire at the end of July...

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Cap and Trade Not Enough
Marich Mark
6/12/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a panel discussion held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) on Capitol Hill. Our report of the event--Is Cap and Trade Enough? Why Reducing Emissions Depends on Technology Innovation Panel Discussion--follows:The Information Technology and...

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Entrepreneurial Development
Marich Mark
6/12/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a roundtable held by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the event--Entrepreneurial Development: Investing in Small Businesses to Strengthen Our Economy--follows:In preparation for the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration (SBA), the...

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New SBA Program Starts Today
Marich Mark
6/15/2009
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Small businesses needing assistance with making payments on existing debts have a new option starting today -- the American Recovery Capital (ARC) program from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This new emergency lending program aims to help businesses that have not missed a payment yet...

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Next Cities Attract Innovative Youth
Marich Mark
6/19/2009
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What does it take for a city to attract young professionals? Next Generation Consulting asked just this in compiling its "Next Cities" rankings of the best places to live and work for young professionals (defined as 20-40 year olds). “Simply being the cheapest place to...

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More Recommendations Supporting VC-Backed Firm Access to SBIR-STTR
Marich Mark
6/21/2009
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PDE staff were on hand last week for a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business taking yet another look at the reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR programs. Our report of the hearing--Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR and STTR Programs--follows:This...

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