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Look around and you will find a number of articles on the effects of the political stalemate / government shutdown on entrepreneurs. For “small businesses”, the effects are quite clear, mostly relating to government contracts (more than half the federal spending would go through federal contracts before the shutdown) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In addition, with 62% of the SBA’s staff furloughed, all counseling is on hold until the government is back up and running. The suspension of these contracts, loans and services represents an immediate “brake” on the economy.
One week after the government shutdown began, the finger-pointing continues while a new deadline looms even larger—10 more days until a potential U.S. government default. While many are still calling it "extremely unlikely" there seems to be consensus in that it would be "a catastrophe." Meanwhile, many of the Congressional hearings were cancelled or postponed last week and the handful scheduled for this week look to be more focused on the blame game than anything else. Like last week, the following hearings may be postponed—so be sure to check the committee websites for last-minute updates.
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.
Have you ever wondered how Richard Branson got his start as an entrepreneur? Or what inspired Marc Ecko to become a fashion mogul and serial entrepreneur. Personal lessons and insights from accomplished entrepreneurs are the basis of a new Khan Academy online interview series introduced recently by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
As of the time this was posted, leaders in the U.S. House and Senate still have not come to an agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown for the first time since 1995. The following schedule of hearings is tentative at this point and could be altered or scrapped altogether. Stay tuned for updates.
As the debate rages on regarding whether a college education is worthwhile for young aspiring entrepreneurs, U.S. News & World Report has come out with a list of the country's top colleges and universities—including for students more interested in launching a new startup than learning about Social & Political Philosophy 101. And for the 17th straight year, Babson College was named the top school for entrepreneurship education.
If you Google 'government shutdown' and 'Congress' you should get a pretty fair picture of what the focal point is this week on Capitol Hill. Last week the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing called "The Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship." This week, the Senate Budget Committee explores a similar topic in "The Impact of Political Uncertainty on Jobs & the Economy." Meanwhile on the House side, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf is scheduled to appear before the Budget Committee on the CBO's long-term outlook.
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