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At the beginning of 2011, PDE checked in on the monthly Small Business Optimism Index to find that small business owners were “stubbornly cautious.” Fast-forward to the midpoint of the year--in the dog days of summer—and the feelings haven’t seemed to change at all.
Last week, the likely impact of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on new and small businesses came under scrutiny by members of the subcommittee of Investigations, Oversight and Regulations of the House Committee on Small Business.
The U.S. Congress is currently observing the typical August / Summer recess. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Tuesday, September 6, following the Labor Day holiday.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:
Earlier this summer, the Kauffman Foundation announced its ideas for a broad set of policy recommendations that would help accelerate the creation of new startups and stimulate the US economy. The Startup Act, as it was called, just received a bit of extra attention with today’s copy of the Wall Street Journal.
Following the 11th hour deal last week that brought an end (at least for now) to the debt ceiling crisis, the House and Senate are observing the typical August / Summer recess. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Tuesday, September 6, following the Labor Day holiday.
A handful of hearings are scheduled for the week ahead, including: the House Committee on Small Business looking at how industry-led portable skills certification programs are meeting the workforce needs of new and small firms; and, the House Committee on Financial Services reviewing legislative proposals to reform the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As Congress nears the end-of-year holiday recess (which may or may not technically happen), all eyes are on the payroll tax deal negotiations and the expiration of the latest temporary spending bill. Meanwhile, several hearings are happening on Capitol Hill and of interest to PDE followers, including a look at the possible expansion of top-level domains through ICANN.
Several hearings are on tap for this week, including a pair in the House Judiciary Committee dealing with immigration and intellectual property concerns.
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