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'Doing Business' Rankings Stimulating Reform
Marich Mark
9/10/2009
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The overview of the Doing Business Report 2010 is now available. Since 2004, the World Bank’s Doing Business project has been tracking regulatory reforms in 10 areas of business regulation that record the time and cost to meet government requirements in starting and operating a...

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The Building Blocks of Innovation
Marich Mark
9/10/2009
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PDE staff attended today a briefing on education and immigration hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation. Our report of the event follows:At a Capitol Hill briefing titled "Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation," the Council for American Medical Innovation President Debra Lappin...

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Fernandez confirmed at EDA
Marich Mark
9/11/2009
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President Obama's selection to head the Economic Development Administration, John Fernandez, was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate. The following is a press release issued by the Commerce Department: JOHN R. FERNANDEZ CONFIRMED AS U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWASHINGTON -- U.S. Commerce Secretary...

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Developments in Washington from the Perspective of Small Businesses
Marich Mark
9/16/2009
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PDE staff participated in a Virtual Summit organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Our report of the event follows:On September 15, the NFIB held a Virtual Summit featuring interesting debates on the impact of health care reform proposals and the state of...

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An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley...

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Challenges to Translational Research
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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PDE staff participated in a Capitol Hill briefing on translational research sponsored by the Council for American Medical Innovation. Our report of the event follows:On Thursday, September 17, the Council for American Medical Innovation brought together policy experts for its Capitol Hill briefing “Translational Research:...

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NSBA on Small Business Energy Efficiency
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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The National Small Business Association (NSBA) released a new report on energy efficiency, “On-Bill Financing:  Helping Small Business Reduce Emissions and Energy Use While Improving Profitability.” The report argues that small business could collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 259 million tons each year if...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Marich Mark
9/21/2009
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Finance - Open Executive Session"Business meeting to consider an original bill providing for health care reform."9:00 a.m.Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216   [more info]  Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Roundtable"Small Business...

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Don't Worry, Be Happy
Marich Mark
9/23/2009
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Despite the gloomy outlook from entrepreneurs on the status of the U.S. economic recovery, a recent story in the Wall Street Journal suggests that entrepreneurs are typically a happy bunch. Somewhat surprising numbers considering the risk and long hours involved in running one's own business, but...

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Entrepreneurs' Movement Launches at Inc. 500
Marich Mark
9/23/2009
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In a piece on the Huffington Post, Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, outlines the rationale for a new movement to support America's entrepreneurs. Schramm points to the fact that "since 1980, all net job growth has come from businesses less than...

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