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With largely unimpressive employment figures and sagging consumer confidence, the Obama administration is seemingly pulling out all the stops in its economic arsenal. It has focused on small businesses--touting its 17 tax cuts for small business owners—as well as new businesses through its support of programs like Startup America and the Global Entrepreneurship Program. And now it is looking to get into a bit of good old traditional economic development, trying to attract and retain businesses—convincing them to select US locations to either start or expand operations.
Female entrepreneurs in the United States benefit from more than just their own personal strengths and aspirations—they also benefit from an environment that is more open to women-led startups than any other country in the world. A new index released last month in Turkey at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference compared 17 countries across 30 indicators that foster high-potential entrepreneurship. For those hoping for a silver bullet issue to focus policy efforts, there isn’t one.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) continues toargue in favor of corporate tax reform. In “U.S. Continues to Tread Water in Global R&D Tax Incentives”, ITIF’s Robert Atkinson contends that the United States’ R&D credit has fallen so far behind compared to other nations...
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced last week that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has put in place a new pilot program that will fast-track the review of green technology patents. To be eligible for the expedited review, the patents must materially contribute...
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke pointed to severe weaknesses with the US innovation system when he took part in a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) on January 7. “America simply doesn’t have an efficient system to take new ideas...
When considering the optimal number of founders for any new entrepreneurial adventure, the calculus extends well beyond simple formulas seemingly supported by observations of startup cohorts within specific industries. Famous technology twosomes that come to mind include David Packard and William Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple, Paul Allen and Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google. In these examples, it is widely observed that these buddy teams complemented each other well in the early formative years of their companies.
The angel investor market of 2009 has reflected a tendency for cautious spending and an appetite for new technology, according to the newly released analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. Investments totaled $17.6 billion in 2009, a decrease...
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, (D-La), introduced a bill to help increase small business trade opportunities. S.1196, The Small Business International Trade Enhancements Act of 2009 improves the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade to help small...
If a business owner tracks employees’ social media activity, it requires striking a balance between company reputation monitoring and employee privacy.
Access to funding is often mentioned in meetings about how to enable high impact entrepreneurship. We are always reminded that bank lending to small businesses remains tight. Even loans subsidized by the Small Business Administration have dropped off in recent months. Venture capital was prominent historically for its role in financially catalyzing high-growth companies, but has over the years become less significant in spurring entrepreneurship. So what are angel investors up to this summer?
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