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Jonathan Ortmans

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Remembering Rule of Law in Honduras
Jonathan Ortmans
5/20/2013
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In this era of sophisticated public policy around enabling high-growth entrepreneurship, governments should be mindful to not forget the basics. A survey conducted last November in Honduras found that gang violence was forcing the closure of 1600 companies across the country. This is a good reminder that supporting startups to scale up in this part of the world must include deep institutional reforms to strengthen the rule of law and the judicial system.

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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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Research Contracting Opportunities at the SBA
Ortmans Jonathan
7/29/2009
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The SBA Office of Advocacy is receiving research proposals on the status of small businesses, which may provide policymaking insight or serve as a foundation for further research.  Areas of continuing interest include:-    The Tax Gap and Small Business-    Credit Markets for Small Businesses in...

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Reshaping Economic Landscape in Saudi Arabia
Ortmans Jonathan
7/3/2010
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As the King of Saudi Arabia met in the U.S. with President Barack Obama on June 29th, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) released its first newsletter dedicated to entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. The news suggests that the country is gradually gaining a supportive...

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Revisiting Sarbanes-Oxley
Ortmans Jonathan
9/19/2011
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We have heard several entrepreneurship-based proposals recently to get our economy back on track, but one piece seemed to be missing this whole time in the debate: re-evaluating Sarbanes-Oxley for young firms. We have long known that the compliance costs associated with SOX—particularly section 404—have been discouraging many companies from going public, thereby blocking their access to capital and growth. Researchers have suggested that Congress address this issue in some way, and a measure to allow shareholders of companies with market cap below $1 billion to opt-in under SOX was one of the ideas floated in the Startup Act released mid-July. The measure is now gaining track in Congress.

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Revisiting the American Story
Jonathan Ortmans
7/1/2013
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The free flow of skilled human capital was identified as a top priority at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) senior officials innovation meeting I led in Medan, Indonesia, this past weekend. The approval therefore by the U.S. Senate last Thursday of its version of immigration reform legislation was met with keen interest. Why is this legislation so important for the United States?

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Rockstar Entrepreneurs Don't Come to Washington
Ortmans Jonathan
9/28/2009
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If you have ever been around somebody trying to start or grow abusiness, you know that entrepreneurs don’t have time for much else,especially not for going to Washington to help keep policymakers up todate on how to encourage high growth entrepreneurship in America—nothurt it. When...

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Rockstar Entrepreneurs in DC to Push for a StartUp Visa
Ortmans Jonathan
3/8/2010
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More than a dozen rockstar entrepreneurs and startup financiers have decided it was time to visit Washington, DC. They have taken three days of their busy schedules this week to push for the passage StartUp Visa Act of 2010, a bill that would make it...

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Rwanda’s Rush to Recovery
Jonathan Ortmans
4/22/2013
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While most favor bottom-up, entrepreneur-led efforts to develop robust entrepreneurial ecosystems, in Africa especially, what the government does actually matters a great deal. In the third of four posts this month on Africa, I look at Rwanda and find a country where smart government engagement has created a favorable climate for entrepreneurs.

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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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