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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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Documenting the Impact of Broadband on Small Businesses
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy islooking for a contractor to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of broadband speed and priceon small businesses. Advocacy offers toprovide assistance in obtaining access to non-proprietary FederalCommunications Commission (FCC) and other agency data, if necessary.The study...

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Exploring Innovation Clusters
Marich Mark
8/31/2009
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The OECD has a new publication exploring the challenges OECD countries now face in sustainingtheir positions and the lessons for other places seeking to build successfulclusters.¬†Titled “Clusters, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, the book addresses the followingquestions: What are the key factors forcluster success?¬† What problems are...

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FCC Examining Wireless Innovation
Marich Mark
8/31/2009
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The FCC is pointing to innovation in wireless communications as a major driver for near-term ecomic recovery and long-term growth. On Thursday August 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a sweeping investigation into the wireless industry. The move is being broadly reported as...

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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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Quarterly Indicators: Optimism Increasing Slightly
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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Thelatest update to the SBA Office of Advocacy’s Quarterly Indicators: TheEconomy and Small Business is now available. Real GDP fell only 1 percent in the second quarter of 2009compared to the previous quarter's 6.4 percent drop. Accordingly, smallbusiness owners seemed more optimistic in the second...

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SBA Introduces YouTube Channel
Marich Mark
8/28/2009
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The Small Business Administration recently launched it's own YouTube channel, joining an increasing number of federal agencies that are taking advantage of the popular video-sharing platform to reach a larger audience.The channel will carry a variety of content aimed at helping support entrepreneurs and small...

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Science and the Public
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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A new report by the Pew ResearchCenter for the People& the Press in collaboration with the American Association for theAdvancement of Science (AAAS) found that the majority of Americans think"that science has had a positive effect on society” and that science hasmade life easier for...

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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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