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The Secrets of High Growth Economies
Marich Mark
1/2/2009
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What factors differentiate fast-growing national economies from the rest of the world? A new article in the World Bank’s Finance & Development magazine examines 13 national economies that have succeeded in growing at an average annual rate exceeding seven percent for at least 25...

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The State of American Business
Marich Mark
1/16/2009
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The US Chamber of Commerce has taken a look at “The State of American Business,” and they don’t like what they see. In a new report, the Chamber notes that tough times will likely persist far into 2009. Thus, major government investments are needed to...

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VC Fundraising in 2008: It Could Have Been Worse
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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The final figures for venture capital investing in 2008 have been released, and the news is not good, but it could have been much worse. Faced with a major economic crisis and moribund market for exits, venture capitalists and their investors may be starting to...

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Which State Is the Most Conducive to Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
1/7/2009
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Which state is the most entrepreneurial? How about the most innovative? Business friendly? Just plain ready for the 'New Economy'? Obviously the answers depend on the methodology employed to find them -- and there are certainly differences from one study to the next. If...

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30 Top Innovations in 30 Years
Marich Mark
2/27/2009
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Way back in 1979, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) began its regular broadcasts of The Nightly Business Report. Thirty years later, the show is still going strong. In honor of this anniversary, the show has compiled a list of the top thirty innovations of the...

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A “Competency Model” for Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
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If you think entrepreneurship is as much an art as a science, you might have some second thoughts about a “competency model” for entrepreneurship. But, the model does offer a useful way to understand the various skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Developed by the...

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A New Look at American Competitiveness
Marich Mark
2/23/2009
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At a time of historic economic downturns, many American observers may console themselves that the American economy, despite its many challenges, still remains a global leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. After all, prestigious analysis like the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report continue to rank...

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Are Green Jobs Good?
Marich Mark
2/9/2009
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In the clamor for 'green jobs,' many advocates are avoiding the tough questions about whether green jobs are “good” jobs.  If so-called green collar workers are paid minimum wage, the real benefits of a green economy may be limited. A new study from Good Jobs...

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Big Ideas from "Green" Entrepreneurs?
Marich Mark
2/11/2009
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The World Bank is looking for a few bright ideas from the next generation of "green" entrepreneurs. It is sponsoring an international essay contest for 18-25 year olds to share ideas for youth-led solutions to challenges posed by climate change. The challenge casts a...

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Brookings’ Recommendations on American Competitiveness
Marich Mark
2/23/2009
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What can be done to revitalize the American economy? A group of scholars affiliated with the Brookings Institution recently offered some insights on the important issue of American competitiveness. Their broad categories of recommendations are tough to quibble with: Investing in Infrastructure, Investing in People,...

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