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What Accounts for the Overproportion of Immigrant Entrepreneurs?
Ortmans Jonathan
5/21/2009
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Another news article has highlighted the overproportion of entrepreneurs in places like Silicon Valley: over half (52.4 percent) of the startups contributing to innovation and wealth creation in that region have at least one immigrant founder. This New York Times article asks “Why this overproportion?”...

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Schramm to Students: "Join the Army of Entrepreneurs"
Marich Mark
5/22/2009
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In his commencement address to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last Sunday, Kauffman Foundation President and CEO Carl Schramm told students:"We need an army of the smartest, most passionate young people to try their hand at building a business--people who will take their heads...

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Saving Detroit
Marich Mark
5/26/2009
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Will propping up the flailing automotive industry save Detroit? Not likely. Any sustainable solution is going to have to center on fostering entrepreneurial activity which will generate new jobs. A new partnership between the Kauffman Foundation and the New Economy Initiative (NEI) for Southeast Michigan...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
5/26/2009
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There are no hearings scheduled for this week as Congress is in recess. The next meeting of the Senate is June 1, 2009; the House next meets June 2, 2009.

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More VC Leadership at the SBA
Ortmans Jonathan
5/27/2009
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Last Thursday, President Obama announced his nomination for the position of Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The nominee, Winslow Sargeant, is a managing director in the technology practice at Wisconsin-based venture firm Venture Investors LLC. The first thing that comes to...

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NAS Study on SBIR Adds Hope for the VC Industry
Ortmans Jonathan
5/29/2009
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As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program approaches, evidence is mounting on both sides of the debate that has been pushing the decision about the future of SBIR back since March. This time, a new study supports the...

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House Gives Vote of Confidence to Entrepreneurs
Ortmans Jonathan
6/1/2009
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As part of an effort to get our economy back on track by unleashing entrepreneurship, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with new and expanded assistance. H.R. 2352, the Job Creation through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009...

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Where are the Friendly Banks?
Marich Mark
6/1/2009
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The SBA Office of Advocacy released its latest annual study of banks’ and other financial institutions’ small business lending. The study “Small Business and Micro Business Lending in the United States for Data Years 2007-2008” revealed that the growth of small and microbusiness lending remained...

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Financing the Entrepreneurial Recovery
Marich Mark
6/5/2009
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Watch leading economists, researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs address how to finance the only path to a sustainable economic recovery: an entrepreneurial renaissance.  Financing the Entrepreneurial Recovery, a summit sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, is being held on Wednesday, June 10 at NYSE Euronext from 9:00...

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SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Focus of Roundtable Discussion
Marich Mark
6/5/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a roundtable held by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the roundtable--SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: Ensuring a Strong Future for Small Business in Federal Research and Development--follows:The U.S. Senate Committee on Small...

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