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Colombia is the fifth-largest economy in Latin America in terms of GDP. The country boasts one of the best coffees in the world, rich natural resources, abundant gold and emerald production, and a relatively educated populace. And despite its international reputation for drug cartels and violence, the latest Doing Business 2011 ranking suggests things could be improving. Colombia is ranked number 39 among 183 countries in terms of the ease of doing business.
Guest post by Byron Kennard "Historically, when environmentalists see a problem, their reaction is to regulate it," says Mark Clevey, a clean technology guru who has helped dozens of green small businesses in Michigan get off the ground. "When entrepreneurs see a problem, their reaction is...
This year has brought a lot of productive give-and-take of ideas on clean energy innovation by people around the world who saw opportunity rather than doom in the combination of environmental and financial challenges. Last May, for example, I joined over 140 participants from all...
The U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Economic Development Administration held a forum on June 29th on the topic of innovation. The forum took place at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and featured David Kappos, the Under Secretary of...
When communicating with the FDA during the approval process, it's best to be proactive, says startup veteran Jane Hollingsworth. Read more about her advice for those launching new healthcare businesses.
Every other year, community development professionals gather to review best practices and network at the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference. Unlike previous efforts though, the 2012 conference focuses squarely on new and small businesses and the role they can play in community and economic development.
As governments across the globe have become more aggressive in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, they have also increased their demand for new data about these phenomena. Responding to this demand, two well-known data sets---the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and the World Bank Group Entrepreneurship Survey---have...
States and localities are recognizing that business plan competitions can help generate local interest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Idea Village, a New Orleans-based entrepreneurial network, has developed an interesting approach with its 504ward program (the name is a play on the New Orleans’ area code)....
The National Cleantech Open Conference took place in San Jose last week, headlined by the Under Secretary of Energy, Dr. Kristina Johnson. Dr. Johnson spoke of the importance of innovation within the cleantech industry and announced a Department of Energy grant of $122 million over five years to...
When we last checked in on the confidence level of entrepreneurs, most saw higher profits in their immediate future despite the fact that there was a considerable amount of uncertainty with the overall economic outlook for the next 12 months.
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