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How to Revive Health Care Innovation
Marich Mark
4/6/2009
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The Obama economic recovery plan includes significant funds to help spur innovations, such as electronic health records, in the health care industry. Program managers in Washington would be well-advised to check out a new book, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, from...

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The Promise and Perils of Self-Employment
Marich Mark
4/6/2009
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While recent booms in entrepreneurship and self-employment have generated many benefits for the American economy, these trends are not necessarily a “free lunch” according to a new article in City Journal, a publication of the Manhattan Institute. Patterns of self-employment have changed in recent years....

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Grow the Economy... Support Entrepreneurs
Marich Mark
4/8/2009
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New firms create more jobs--if they survive--than older, established firms. That's a pretty important message with the national unemployment rate at 8.5% and on the rise for six consecutive months. That translates to 13.2 million people out of work (according to seasonally adjusted figures released...

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Going High-Tech in West Virginia
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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Business and political leaders in West Virginia are getting serious about nurturing technology and innovation in the Mountain State. TechConnect West Virginia, the state’s advocate for technology-based economic development, has unveiled a new blueprint for strengthening the state's technology sector. West Virginia’s economy has traditionally...

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New Approaches to Measuring Innovation
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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Last year’s report from the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation (chaired by the Kauffman Foundation's Carl Schramm) has stimulated a lot of additional research on the thorny issues of how best to track innovation at the business, community, region, and national levels....

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New Benchmarking Reports: Cyberstates and Rich States, Poor States
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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Two new national economic benchmarking reports were recently released.The annual Cyberstates study, produced now by TechAmerica, examines national and state trends in technology industry (primarily information technology-related sectors) employment and growth. Despite glum economic news, the technology industry had a pretty good year in 2008,...

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We're from the Government and We're Here to Help
Marich Mark
4/10/2009
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On a recent appearance on MSNBC, Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee chair Mary Landrieu talked about easing the flow of credit and other efforts in Washington to help small businesses. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

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Defending Capitalism
Marich Mark
4/13/2009
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With a magnificent stumble highlighting a global recession, capitalism has been kicked numerous times while its down. There is even a new term popping up--"casino capitalism"--to paint it as too fast and too loose. But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.A recent...

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A State-by-State Look at Job Growth
Marich Mark
4/15/2009
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A new study by Moody's, an economic consulting firm, is getting some attention on USAToday.com. While the 2009 forecast for the US shows a drop of 3.3%, it projects gains for 2010-2012 across all job sectors--even the sluggish manufacturing industry. In the meantime, what does 2009...

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Payne Recognized for Angel Investing
Marich Mark
4/16/2009
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Allow me to be one of the first to congratulate Bill Payne for being given the 2009 Hans Severiens Award for his contributions to angel investing. I had the chance to talk a bit with Bill at the Inc. 500 conference in Savannah, Georgia a...

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