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Legislation Introduced to Improve SOX Requirements for Small Businesses
Marich Mark
9/26/2011
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Rep. Ben Quayle from Arizona’s third district recently introduced  H.R. 2941, the Startup Expansion and Investment Act, which will allow shareholders of public companies with market valuations below $1 billion to opt out of regulations within section 404 for the first 10 years after going public. The costs for complying with the requirements of this section of Sarbanes-Oxley can exceed $1 million for new companies and can cost them up to $20 million in loss of valuation.

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The Quality of Economic Statistics is About to Erode
Marich Mark
9/19/2011
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House and Senate appropriations committees have approved substantial fiscal year 2012 budget decreases for the U.S. Census Bureau, the agency responsible for producing data to guide the government economic and fiscal policy and business investments across a $14 trillion economy. Sadly, the committees fail to recognize that their cuts, by leading to less effective public and private sector decisions, are likely to cost the nation dearly in terms of economic activity and jobs, while saving the public well less than a dollar a person.

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Say Goodbye to the Survey of Business Owners?
Marich Mark
9/26/2011
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Kauffman Expands Global Scholars Program
Marich Mark
9/26/2011
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A world-class opportunity awaits U.S. college graduates with innovative ideas for a new business. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is expanding its successful Global Scholars Program to include up to 10 recent graduates from U.S. colleges and universities who will join Scholars from around the world.

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A Look Back at Innovation Daily (September 12 - 18)
Marich Mark
9/12/2011
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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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Essays by Secretary Locke, Steve Blank Highlight 2011 Kauffman Thoughtbook
Marich Mark
9/19/2011
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A new essay by Steve Blank, who founded a series of successful high technology companies and now teaches entrepreneurship, outlines four different types of entrepreneurs—and identifies the tools and support they need to succeed.

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Angel Investing Stabilizes, Returns to Seed & Startup Stages
Marich Mark
10/17/2011
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Following turbulent times in 2008 and 2009, the angel investor market has shown signs of stabilization, according to a new study by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. While the total number of active investors during the first two quarters of 2011—124,900—remains virtually unchanged from the same period last year, other numbers are showing a slight increase.

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Startup Act Discussed on Senate Floor
Marich Mark
10/17/2011
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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran took to the floor of the U.S. Senate last week, vowing to introduce new legislation that would create an environment for new firms to start, grow and create jobs. Read More
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
10/17/2011
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While the original House and Senate calendars called for recess last week, members of the Senate remained in Washington to work on a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown. It passed a six-week bill by a 79-12 vote and also passed a one-week continuing resolution to give the House until October 4 to act. Members of the House address HR 2608 today (October 3) at 5:00 pm.

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This Week in Entrepreneurial Policy
Marich Mark
10/17/2011
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While the original House and Senate calendars called for recess last week, members of the Senate remained in Washington to work on a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown. It passed a six-week bill by a 79-12 vote and also passed a one-week continuing resolution to give the House until October 4 to act. Members of the House address HR 2608 today (October 3) at 5:00 pm.

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