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Entrepreneurship News Round-Up: Week of 8/3/2009
Ruhe Thom
8/3/2009
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The Springfield Business Journal Online adds their observations on why our nation's recent economic woes have led to a rise in entrepreneurship, especially among first-time entrepreneurs.

The Miami Herald details plans at two area colleges offering Certificate of Entrepreneurship programs for those looking to graduate with...

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SBIR Temporarily Extended
Ortmans Jonathan
8/3/2009
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On Friday, July 31, President Obama signed into law “The Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act Temporary Extension” (S. 1513), which temporarily reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs until September 30, 2009. This new two...

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Entrepreneurs Need R&R, too!
Ruhe Thom
8/5/2009
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As we move into August, and inch ever-closer to Labor Day – the unofficial end of summer – I’ve been thinking a lot about squeezing the most out of the last few weeks of the beautiful summertime weather.  July 4th is a fading memory,...

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Chicago: A Systems Approach to K-12 STEM Education
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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On Thursday, June 30, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing to examine how the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in an urban K-12 system can work together to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education...

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Rebound in VC Cleantech Investment
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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In the second quarter of 2009, VC investment in cleantech companies reached $572 million, an increase of 73% in terms of capital, with 48 financing rounds, a 100% increase in number of transactions compared to the first quarter of this year, according to an Ernst...

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Request for GAO Study on Trade Policies to Help Small Firms
Ortmans Jonathan
8/5/2009
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Gene Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), was asked last Monday for a study on the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee’s (TPCC) progress in implementing an effective government-wide strategy to promote exporting for small businesses. The request came from Senate Committee...

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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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Entrepreneurship News Round-Up: Week of 8/10/2009
Ruhe Thom
8/10/2009
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Alibaba.com has kicked-off a new marketing campaign that includes TV, print and online media and targets entrepreneurs. There’s a new version of its U.S. microsite and three video "mock-umentaries" to greet visitors to the site with entertaining stories of how entrepreneurs used Alibaba.com to find...

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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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