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A Tough Quarter for Venture Capitalists
Marich Mark
5/4/2009
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The latest data from the National Venture Capital Association show that venture capitalists have had a tough 2009 so far. Forty VC funds raised only $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, representing one of the slowest quarters in recent years. Even worse news...

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Competition Promotes Entrepreneurship in New Orleans
Marich Mark
5/1/2009
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States and localities are recognizing that business plan competitions can help generate local interest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Idea Village, a New Orleans-based entrepreneurial network, has developed an interesting approach with its 504ward program (the name is a play on the New Orleans’ area code)....

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Economic Stimulus and Small Business
Marich Mark
5/14/2009
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What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from MyVenturePad.com takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new...

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Increased Credit Card Protections Sought for Small Firms
Marich Mark
5/18/2009
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Entrepreneurship data has consistently shown that a large portion of small businesses rely on credit cards as one of their largest sources of financing (see for example, the Kauffman Firm Survey). According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA), the number of small businesses reporting...

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New Bills to Support Green and Women’s Entrepreneurship
Marich Mark
5/6/2009
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The House Small Business Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Subcommittee approved a series of bills last Thursday (04/30) to authorize and expand several Small Business Administration programs.Some of these new bills have an interesting focus on "green entrepreneurs." For example, a bill sponsored by Rep....

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No Business Plan? Don't Worry
Marich Mark
5/19/2009
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Business plans are an important tool for entrepreneurs, but a new study revealed that when it comes to obtaining venture capital, business plans are of little importance. Researchers Brent Goldfarb, David A. Kirsch, and Azi Gera from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School...

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Policymakers, Mark your Calendars!
Marich Mark
5/6/2009
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In these tough economic times, policymakers should certainly look to entrepreneurs to boost recovery, job creation and innovation. Here is an opportunity to gather ideas. The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) will be hosting its 49th Annual Conference titled "Energizing Entrepreneurship: Monitoring Progress,...

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Senate Hearing Addresses Small Business Financing
Marich Mark
5/15/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a hearing of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the hearing--Small Busniess Financing: Progress Report on Recovery Act Implementation and Alternative Sources of Financing--follows: In her first appearance before the U.S. Senate...

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The Economy and Small Business in the First Quarter
Marich Mark
5/20/2009
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The SBA recently released the latest Quarterly Indicators. Not surprisingly, poor sales and access to credit are major issues for small business owners these days. Incorporated self-employment fell by 200,000. Yet, entrepreneurs are not giving up. Unincorporated self-employment has recovered to its March 2008 level....

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Marich Mark
5/4/2009
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009 House Science & Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight – Hearing "Follow the Money Part II: Government and Public Resources for Recovery Act Oversight"2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)[more info]Wednesday, May 6, 2009House Small Business Committee -...

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