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Agencies Encouraged to Use Recovery Funds on Innovative Small Businesses
Ortmans Jonathan
5/8/2009
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United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., wrote on Thursday (05/07/2009) to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement, urging them...

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USA National Innovation Marketplace
Marich Mark
5/11/2009
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently unveiled a great new resource designed to link inventors with potential investors and business partners. The National Innovation Marketplace was developed in cooperation with Planet Eureka!, a private consultancy. The site, still in beta format,...

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The FY2010 Budget Request
Ortmans Jonathan
5/12/2009
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The FY2010 budget request (i.e. the Appendix) is finally out. Here are some details about the President’s allocations for science and technology and small businesses.The Budget provides a 16-percent increase over 2008 funding levels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and similarly large increases for...

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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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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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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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The Mind of an Entrepreneur
Marich Mark
5/18/2009
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How do entrepreneurs think about themselves? A recent study from Australia offers some insights. "Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Action in New Venture Development" considers the motivations and attitudes of entrepreneurs in explaining their actions both before and after the launch of a new venture. The study...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
5/18/2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009 House Energy and Commerce - Full Committee Markup"American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009 Markup"01:00 PM2123 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Senate Appropriations - Energy and Water Development Subcommittee - Hearing"Hearings to examine funding and oversight...

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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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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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