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Race and Entrepreneurial Success
Marich Mark
2/10/2010
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Why do Asian American-owned businesses do well in comparison to white-owned businesses, and why do African American-owned firms do poorly in relation to both? Economics professor Robert W. Fairlie and Kauffman senior research fellow Alicia M. Robb explore these issues in Race and Entrepreneurial Success:...

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Multiagency Initiative to Create Energy-Related Regional Innovation Cluster
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Summary:

Seven federal agencies will

work together to leverage funding and resources to promote regional growth

through an

Energy Regional Innovation

Cluster (E-RIC).

The E-RIC will work to

disseminate new technologies into the local marketplace and share best practices

with the public and private sectors. The cluster...

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Skepticism about Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Summary:

An article in today’s Washington Independent, “Obama’s Small Business Lending

Plan Meets Skepticism,” lays out concerns with the President’s plan to make $30 billion in repaid TARP funds available for

small banks to lend to small businesses.

“There’s little indication

that these banks need the money — or that...

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The Untapped Potential of Research Universities
Ortmans Jonathan
2/15/2010
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Everyone surely owns an innovative product that has its roots in a university lab, or knows someone that has benefited from the presence of start-ups that formed through the dissemination of knowledge and technologies from the university to the marketplace. Universities have been the lifeblood...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
2/15/2010
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Summary:

The recurring snowstorms last week and the President's Day work period combined for a quiet couple weeks on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled. 

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Manhattan Links Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Investors
Marich Mark
2/17/2010
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In his State of the Borough Speech, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outlined a plan to diversify the city's economy and spark new job growth in the tech sector.

Stringer announced the creation of an “intermediary” that will foster linkages between scientists, entrepreneurs and investors....

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The Entrepreneurial Experience of US Presidents
Marich Mark
2/17/2010
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Summary:

On Presidents day (Feb. 15), several articles pointed out that many of America’s presidents had an entrepreneurial background.

USA Today’s Steve Strauss offered the following examples, among others:

•    Abraham Lincoln: In 1833, Lincoln and William Berry opened a general store (with Lincoln going into debt...

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A Note on Bayh-Dole
Ortmans Jonathan
2/22/2010
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Last week PDE posted a note about an idea to improve the effectiveness of university technology transfer in the U.S.

There seems to have been some confusion following this about the nature of the breakthrough idea to improve the U.S. model for commercialization of university-developed technologies. In...

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Watch Governors Explore Ways to Spur Startups and Clean Technology
Marich Mark
2/23/2010
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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Governors from across the country will gather at the Kauffman Foundation to explore ways to build their economy by spurring clean energy entrepreneurship. You have an opportunity to watch a live webcast at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST.

The webcast...

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Senators Introduce "Start-Up Visa" Legislation
Marich Mark
2/25/2010
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On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., introduced legislation to drive job creation and increase America's global competitiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs obtain visas to the U.S.

The “StartUp Visa Act of 2010” would allow an immigrant entrepreneur to receive...

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