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Small Businesses Keeping Positive
Mark Marich
6/11/2012
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Confidence is on the rise among small business owners. A new survey from Citibank shows a sizable jump in the number of those who said their own business is better than it was a year ago—from 24 percent in August 2010 to 43 percent in June 2011. The sentiment seems consistent with others targeted toward entrepreneurs—including the Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Startup Act 20 Introduced in House
Mark Marich
6/11/2012
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A few weeks ago, we told you about the Senate version of Startup Act 2.0—sponsored by a bipartisan group of four U.S. Senators. Not to be outdone, the House introduced identical legislation last week thanks to Congressman Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) along with a group of cosponsors—Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.).

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Supporting Sub-Saharan Startups
Ortmans Jonathan
6/11/2012
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The creative genius among the young is perhaps one of the least-tapped resources in many economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. If given the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career path and a business-friendly environment, young people can unleash their potential—creating gains for all in terms of quality of life, employment and wealth generation. This Friday, I will get a first-hand look at some of that potential as I moderate part of the African Innovation Summit—sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in coordination with Meridian International Center—that will welcome more than 60 young African entrepreneurs to Washington, DC. And later this year, thanks to a new partnership, we will see some of the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs compete during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Mark Marich
6/11/2012
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The House of Representatives is in a week-long recess and will return to action next Monday. In the meantime, a handful of Senate committees have hearings scheduled that may be of interest to entrepreneurs and those who support them—including a look at competitiveness and collaboration between the U.S. and China on clean energy.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Mark Marich
6/4/2012
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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:

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A New Class of Entrepreneurial Community Colleges
Ortmans Jonathan
6/4/2012
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At a Community College Workforce Alliance meeting today here in Richmond, Virginia, there were clear signs of heightened interest in the role that community colleges can play in advancing entrepreneurship as a means of getting Americans back to work. Following support from President Barack Obama and Startup America, plus a recent announcement of a $1 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation to scale one model to more schools around the country, a new generation of educators appear intent on maximizing the potential of their communities to produce more new innovative firms.

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A New 'Front Door' for Entrepreneurship?
Mark Marich
6/4/2012
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Through its new ‘Innovation Fund America’ project, the Kauffman Foundation is betting that community colleges throughout the country can mentor and fund new high-growth startups—driving regional economic growth.

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Agencies Announce 2012 Accelerator Challenge
Mark Marich
6/4/2012
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Faced with another disappointing jobs report—the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May—the Obama Administration is looking to a new multi-agency competition to develop regional clusters and create jobs while strengthening advanced manufacturing.

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Atlanta, Miami Entrepreneurs Optimistic—What About Others?
Mark Marich
6/4/2012
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Entrepreneurs in Atlanta and Miami are an optimistic bunch—even in the face of uncertain economic times. A new survey released today by Dell and Intel reveals a bright local outlook for startups and small businesses in the two southern cities—showing a favorable view of the local economy and local organizations supporting businesses as well as healthy expectations for growth.

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Kauffman Accepting 2013 Dissertation Fellowship Program Proposals
Mark Marich
6/4/2012
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will award up to 15 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. The program is open to students at U.S.-accredited institutions who are in the process of formulating their dissertation proposals as well as doctoral candidates with recently approved dissertation proposals. It is expected that applicants will complete their dissertation during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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