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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.
Each year, the IFC and World Bank Group release their ‘Doing Business’ report that analyzes regulations that apply to an economy’s businesses throughout their lifespan—from startup to bankruptcy. The 2012 study is out and shows little movement among the leading economies. Singapore stays on top, followed again by Hong Kong (SAR, China), New Zealand, the United States and Denmark.
Citing data from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced bipartisan legislation last week aimed at jumpstarting the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses.
The National Institutes of Health is launching a new web portal aimed at streamlining the federal government’s technology transfer process. If successful, the site could reduce response time for unpatented materials from six months to a few days.
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:
All eyes on Capitol Hill are focused on the struggle over the future of payroll tax cuts two weeks before they are set to expire. No committee hearings are scheduled for the week ahead.
Following years of temporary extensions, it looks as though the SBIR and STTR programs are going to have a bit of stability. The U.S. House and Senate recently came to an agreement that would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for six years.
Earlier this year, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) published a report on restoring U.S. competitiveness which outlined several strategies to boost innovation and entrepreneurship. The strategies, including a simplified version of Sarbanes-Oxley for small firms, a permanent R&D tax credit, and a ‘free agency’ model for technology transfer, are at the heart of a series of forums held by CPPI to explore policies that would encourage new firm formation and growth.
There are no hearings scheduled this week as Members of Congress are in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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