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Cameron’s Payroll Tax Holiday and the G20 Summit
Ortmans Jonathan
6/28/2010
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I suggested in my blog following President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship earlier this year that what we now need is for routine global ministerial level economic meetings to concentrate on policies that encourage the creation of new firms. As I depart Toronto where we...

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Can Cleantech Put the US Back to Work?
Marich Mark
6/21/2010
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That's the question that will be on everyone's mind at the National Cleantech Open Conference on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in San Jose, California.Dr. Kristina Johnson, the Under Secretary of Energy, and Ron Gonen, CEO of RecycleBank will keynote the event, discussing the economy, jobs...

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Can Our Governors Rescue Immigration Reform?
Jonathan Ortmans
2/10/2014
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It has now been more than a year since the United States Congress restarted efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Despite expected resistance from conservatives, the effort looked promising initially, with strong support from business, labor and President Obama. It was disappointing news for many when John Boehner, Speaker of the House of U.S. Representatives, conceded last week in a news conference that it is going to be politically difficult to move the overhaul forward this year.

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Cap and Trade Not Enough
Marich Mark
6/12/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a panel discussion held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) on Capitol Hill. Our report of the event--Is Cap and Trade Enough? Why Reducing Emissions Depends on Technology Innovation Panel Discussion--follows:The Information Technology and...

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Cap-and-Trade Moves to the Senate
Marich Mark
7/1/2009
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Recently, the House of Representatives narrowly voted (219 to 212) in favor of the gargantuan H. R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. At the heart of this over 1,200-page legislation...

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Catalyzing Global Entrepreneurship Support
Ortmans Jonathan
8/16/2010
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Following up on chatter following my blog last week discussing the need for caution around the quality of interventions that seek to provide technical support to entrepreneurs, I will continue the conversation thread this week with a post discussing another  innovative entrepreneurial support program  - iStart, which happens to open for business today.

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Cautious Optimism in U.S. Angel Market
Mark Marich
10/21/2013
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A pair of reports coming out in the last week point paint a picture of a fairly stable angel investing market in the U.S. The Q2 2013 Halo Reportfrom the Angel Resource Institute and the Q1 Q2 2013 Angel Market Report from the Center for Venture Research suggest that year-on-year numbers were either fairly flat or trending upward slightly.

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Census Data Analysis Shows New and Young Firms Drive Job Creation
Marich Mark
11/5/2009
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Today, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released the study Where will the Jobs come from? which shows that companies less than five years old created nearly two-thirds of net new jobs in 2007. These firms create more net new jobs than their older counterparts, as...

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Challenges and Opportunities for Angels
Marich Mark
12/19/2008
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While full data for 2008 investments are not yet in, the picture from the Angel Group Confidence Report is that total angel group investments in North America are estimated to decrease by at least ten percent from 2007. Angel groups appear to be focusing more...

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Checking Up on Optimism Or Should We Say Down
Mark Marich
7/23/2012
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Each quarter, the Chamber tracks the outlook of entrepreneurs and small business owners on their businesses, the local economy and the U.S. economy. In the latest survey, overwhelmingly, they think the national economy is not headed in the right direction. However, the numbers improve as the focus narrows to the local economy (47% said it was on the right track) and their own business (68%). Unfortunately, that may not translate to more jobs though as only 20% thought they would add employees in the year ahead.

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