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Expanding Equity Investment in Small Businesses
Marich Mark
3/26/2009
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PDE staff were on hand earlier today at the House Small Business Committee hearing on the impact of the current financial crisis on investment in small businesses and steps to expand equity investments. Our report of the hearing follows: In today’s hearing for the...

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Global Entrepreneurship Congress Looks to November
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Last November, an entrepreneurial revolution started as more than 75 countries celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with 25,000 activities. This week, representatives from more than 50 of those countries are gathered in Kansas City at the Kauffman Foundation to collaborate on plans for 2009. I'm sitting...

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Has Entrepreneurship Become Cool?
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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Has entrepreneurship become cool?Of course we like to think so, but it's nice to see that The Economist feels the same way. About twice each month, the self proclaimed "authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion" publishes 'special reports' that...

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Health Care Costs... Still a Problem
Marich Mark
3/16/2009
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Ask an entrepreneur what his most pressing concerns are and you'll hear 'the increasing cost of health care' somewhere at the top. And thyey aren't alone. The latest edition of the Kaiser Family Foundation's regular polls on American attitudes toward our health care system makes...

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Innovation at Small Firms
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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The latest report from the Intuit Future of Small Business series takes a look at how small firms innovate. The report notes that, while small business owners are natural innovators, few view themselves in this manner. Instead, they refer to “tweaks,” “improvements,” or “experiments.” To...

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Innovation in Manufacturing
Marich Mark
3/23/2009
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A new Boston Consulting Group study examines how American manufacturers view innovation. Not surprisingly, they recognize that innovation is a key to future success, but they are not happy with their own firms’ performance. Only 43 percent of surveyed executives are happy with the return...

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Innovation in the States: Arizona
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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In 2006, a host of Arizona-based business groups helped create the Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ), as a statewide effort to diversify Arizona's economy by promoting science and technology. What seemed like a good idea in 2006 has become a harder sell in the face of...

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Innovation in the States: Washington
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Washington, home to Microsoft, Amazon and numerous other technology firms, has always had a strong foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Yet, like most areas of the country, Washington now faces a severe economic crisis and can no longer continue with business as usual.A new study...

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SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
Marich Mark
3/27/2009
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Well, it wasn't a long-term reauthorization that many wanted, but the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was extended recently through July 31, 2009. The Continuing Resolution keeping SBIR afloat expired on March 20 and while the House and Senate differed over the length of...

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Ten Emerging Technologies
Marich Mark
3/9/2009
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Technology Review has just published its latest list of ten emerging technologies which always provides interesting insight on cool new innovations. What's hot this year? How about "modeling surprise" -- the use of data mining and computer models to help predict and foresee unusual events....

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