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Updated Statistics of U.S. Businesses
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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The Census Bureau has released 2005-2006 updates to the Statistics of U.S. Businesses. The SBA Office of Advocacy, which partially funded this project, announced that the newly added data include business openings/closings and job creation/destruction by industry and geographic location. A new component of this...

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Broadband Internet Grants
Ortmans Jonathan
8/7/2009
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Two broadband internet grants guides became available this week for small businesses interested in applying for $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to bring broadband internet service to underserved and rural communities across the nation. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship...

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The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Marich Mark
8/10/2009
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The Senate will begin recess this week.  When Congressional activities resume on Sep 8, 2009, we will continue to keep you informed about relevant hearings. Wednesday, August 12Senate Small Business Committee - Portsmouth Hearing “Small Business Survival, Weathering the Economy, Creating Jobs, and What the...

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Credit Card Debt Threatens Startup Survival
Marich Mark
8/12/2009
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According to a new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, while credit card debt often fills startup firms' equity gap, it reduces the likelihood that a new business will survive its first three years of operation.Credit card debt provides needed short-term funding, but it...

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Silver-lining Views among the Laid-Offs
Marich Mark
8/12/2009
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A new SnagAJob.com survey, suggest that some laid-off workers feel encouraged.  For an analysis of this survey, check out this article highlighting the companies started by laid-off people during this recession.Other studies and data have already made the case for entrepreneurship during recessions. We now...

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Small Business Costs and Employment Across Countries
Marich Mark
8/13/2009
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A newly released paper by John Schmitt and Nathan Lane from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that, contrary to popular perceptions, the United States has a much smaller small-business sector (as a share of total employment) than other industrialized countries. The authors...

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The EU Regional Research System
Marich Mark
8/13/2009
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A report by the European Commission titled Europe's Regional Research Systems: Current Trends and Structures provides interesting insights into R&D practices in that continent. This report is one of the main outcomes of the project to strengthen the foundations of the European Research Area.The report...

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Fellowship will Nurture 'Scientist-founders'
Marich Mark
8/14/2009
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The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced recently that it has selected 13 leading scientific postdoctoral researchers to become the first class of Kauffman Postdoctoral Fellows. The thirteen postdoctoral Fellows will receive support from an academic advisor to mentor him/her on matters beyond research, and an...

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Documenting the Impact of Broadband on Small Businesses
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy islooking for a contractor to conduct a study to evaluate the impact of broadband speed and priceon small businesses. Advocacy offers toprovide assistance in obtaining access to non-proprietary FederalCommunications Commission (FCC) and other agency data, if necessary.The study...

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Immigrants a Plus for the Economy
Marich Mark
8/24/2009
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Immigrants create more jobs than they take. That is the take home message appearing in a recent issue of Newsweek from the following 'Smart List' item: Lou Dobbs, take note: immigrants are good for our economy. The most skilled create jobs in technology and engineering,...

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