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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Economic Bloggers
Marich Mark
8/28/2009
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Earlier this year, the Kauffman Foundation played host to a collection of economic bloggers for an open discussion on the economic meltdown occurring at the time. Now, the Foundation has released a video that shares the insights of some of the country's most widely-read economic...

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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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Immigrants a Plus for the Economy
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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Immigrants create more jobs than they take. That is the take home message appearing in a recent issue of Newsweek from the following 'Smart List' item: Lou Dobbs, take note: immigrants are good for our economy. The most skilled create jobs in technology and engineering,...

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Nordstrom versus Sing Sing
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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by Tom SullivanIt is startling how quickly the mood of ourcountry has shifted.  It seemed like justyesterday when the majority of Americans were optimistic about new leadershipin Washington and optimistic for our country's future.  Now, when Members of Congress are home andmeeting with their constituents...

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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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