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Entrepreneurial Predictions for 2009
Marich Mark
1/1/2009
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The Wall Street Journal’s entrepreneurship blog, The Independent Street, has made its predictions for what might happen in the world of entrepreneurship in 2009. As with all economic sectors, the world of entrepreneurs will be dominated by how they respond to the economic downturn. As...

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Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
Marich Mark
1/15/2009
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In my life as a music fan, I've owned and used LPs, 45s (and even a few 78s), 8-track cartridges, cassette tapes, CDs, and now MP3 files loaded onto an iPod. The music industry continues to change and these shifts mean more than the fact that we seem...

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Hot New Student-Based Innovations
Marich Mark
1/10/2009
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The latest issue of The New York Times’ Education Life supplement contains an interesting look at the growth of entrepreneurship education on college campuses. As part of this article, Education Life also lists “23 Bright Ideas,” i.e., interesting inventions and innovations developed by current college...

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Innovation in North Carolina
Marich Mark
1/13/2009
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North Carolina has done a good job of building a strong innovation economy, particularly as it relates to world-class educational institutions and a capable workforce. But, as a new report sponsored by the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology notes, the state cannot simply...

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NIST Needs You!
Marich Mark
1/10/2009
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) are looking for some good ideas. They have recently announced a call for White Papers from all interested parties who have thoughts and suggestions for “critical national needs” that could be...

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Paying Taxes
Marich Mark
1/2/2009
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What regions of the world are the most business-friendly when it comes to corporate taxation policies? A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Paying Taxes 2009, benchmarks how 181 countries stack up on three key tax policy-related metrics: 1) The total tax rate, 2) The time taken to comply...

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Quality Management and the Bottom Line
Marich Mark
1/8/2009
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There are lots of interesting theories and methodologies about effective business management practices, but, in many cases, there’s not a lot of on-the-ground evidence that these so-called “best practices” make a firm more profitable.  New research from Harvard Business School takes a hard look...

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Startups Critical for Job Creation in U.S.
Marich Mark
1/19/2009
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In the midst of record unemployment, a new Kauffman Foundation-funded U.S. Census Bureau study suggests that the answer to economic recovery lies within startup companies. The Business Dynamic Statistics (BDS) indicate that without job creation from new firms, the U.S. net employment growth rate is...

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The Outlook for Federal Contracting
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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If you want to succeed in getting Federal government business in 2009, you better embrace innovation. That’s a primary take-away from Washington Technology’s 2009 outlook for Federal government contracting. The massive economic stimulus package will dominate the contracting world in early 2009, but companies cannot...

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The Power of Educational Benchmarking
Marich Mark
1/9/2009
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If the US hopes to maintain an international leadership position in education and human capital, it needs to do a better job of learning from other countries, societies, and institutions that often do a better job of preparing young people to prosper in the...

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