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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 18, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress have left Washington to travel back to their home districts and states for August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 8.

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Mark Marich
on August 04, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Committee Calls for More Data, Support Targeted to Female Entrepreneurs

While female entrepreneurs continue to increase their contributions to the U.S. economy, a new report suggests that Congress can and should do more to help them start and scale new firms. 21st Century Barriers to Women’s Entrepreneurship, a report released last week by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, identified three primary challenges: fair access to capital, fair access to federal contracts and business training and counseling specific to female entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are scheduled to leave Washington for the start of their five-week recess at the end of this week. With a general election looming later this year, you can expect plenty of posturing in the next several days to accompany a collection of committee hearings. According to The Hill, House Democrats will be clamoring to postpone the recess while Politico says House Republicans are pushing for a solution to the immediate immigration crisis.  As a backdrop to the political wrangling, the following topics will be covered by hearings: the America Invents Act, nanotechnology and innovation, tax reform, immigration and more. 

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Mark Marich
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With two more weeks in session before the August recess, there are several topics getting a look during committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill. In the Senate, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran help the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee explore challenges and opportunities to increase the ranks of female entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee discusses the current U.S. system of international taxation. In the House, the Small Business Committee examines private sector actions of the Small Business Administration, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense following the changes contained in the reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR Programs. Other topics covered include: assessing Dodd-Frank, minimum wage, copyright remedies, modernizing environmental regulations for businesses and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

After a slow week for followers of the entrepreneurial economy on Capitol Hill, the week ahead looks to be full of relevant committee hearings. Craig Venter, the biologist and entrepreneur who was one of the first people to sequence the human genome, testifies on policies to spur innovative medical breakthroughs. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to appear on both sides of the Hill to talk about monetary policy and the state of the economy. Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf provides the long-term budget outlook to the House Budget Committee. Other topics covered by hearings include: occupational licensing and its barriers to entrepreneurship, combatting cybercrime, the future video marketplace, capitalizing on federal R&D, 21st century manufacturing and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Exchange Program Aims to Strengthen Entrepreneurship in Americas

The U.S. Department of Commerce, in collaboration with INADEM (the Mexican National Entrepreneurship Institute), Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Organization of American States, is organizing a high-level visit and cooperative exchange to three Mexican centers of innovation and entrepreneurship later this summer.

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Mark Marich
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While members of Congress return to Washington this week from the Independence Day recess, Capitol Hill remains fairly quiet this week -- at least in terms of committee hearings. According to the National Journal, an increasing focus on the looming midterm elections is contributing to a less-than-productive July. Meanwhile, the House Small Business Committee is examining cash accounting and its utilization by new and small firms.

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Mark Marich
on July 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
States the Focal Point for Job Creation

Another week, another look at the US and how individual states line up when it comes to promoting entrepreneurial growth. Last week, we highlighted the State New Economy Index from ITIF that showed Massachusetts on top of the list of states that adapt to continual economic evolution. The week before that, the latest Small Business Friendliness survey from Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation handed out A+ grades to Utah, Idaho and Texas. This week? It’s North Dakota's turn to shine. 

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Workforce 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Washington is quiet this week as both houses of Congress are in recess to observe the Fourth of July holiday. The House and Senate will both resume next week but there will be only a few weeks left on the calendar before they break for the entire month of August.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Trade policy and its impact on innovation in the U.S. gets a look on both sides of Capitol Hill this week. The House Judiciary Committee examines trade secret protection while the Senate Finance Committee explores trade rules to "level the playing field for U.S. companies and workers." Immigration is the topic in a couple committee hearings but they are focused on the problem of unaccompanied minors crossing the border rather than on anything related to high-skilled entrepreneurs -- which gives you a pretty good idea of where the immigration debate stands. Other topics covered by hearings include: digital health care, data mining and privacy, music licensing in a digital world, small energy businesses and more.

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Mark Marich
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurship's Role in Economic Development

For decades, one of the principal state and local economic development tools has been tax incentives. Every state offers incentives in one form or another to retain business and attract businesses from other states. According to one survey, 95 percent of U.S. municipalities also use such incentives.

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Jason Wiens
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The week ahead appears to be a fairly quiet one in terms of congressional committee hearings related to entrepreneurial growth. In the House, the Judiciary Committee takes a look at antitrust law and net neutrality while the Small Business Committee examines procurement reforms. In the Senate, the Energy & Natural Resources Committee will talk about harnessing "a game-changing resource" a day after it is expected to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill while advanced manufacturing and biotech jobs get a look from the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of the House of Representatives are back in Washington this week and there are several committee hearings of interest to followers of the entrepreneurial economy. The Rules Committee will review a couple pieces of legislation on tax issues that have ramifications for entrepreneurs and startups. Meanwhile, things appear very quiet in the Senate. Other topics covered by House committee hearings include: music licensing and media ownership in the digital era, streamlining federally-funded research and the potential impact on small businesses of modernizing the nation's aviation surveillance system.

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While members of the House of Representatives have mostly left Capitol Hill for the current district work period, the House Judiciary Committee kicked off a series of field hearings on copyright laws at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in New York City today. Written copies of opening remarks and testimonies on the issue of the "first sale" doctrine and digital resale are available on the committee website. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee looks at the Location Privacy Protection Act of 2014, a bill " to address voluntary location tracking of electronic communications devices and other purposes." 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While things on the Senate side of Capitol Hill look fairly quiet for the coming days, members of the House return from a constituent work week and have several hearings of interest scheduled.

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Mark Marich
on May 19, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Administration Proposes Rules to Appeal to High Skilled Immigrants

With immigration reform proposals languishing in Congress, the Obama administration announced a new set of proposed rules to allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. Under the proposed rules, H-1B visa holders -- highly skilled temporary immigrants working in advanced or technical "specialty" occupations -- must be in the pipeline for permanent-resident green cards in order for their spouses to qualify. However, the rules are only a small step toward what is needed to compete against countries with more open immigration policies -- like Chile, Canada, Italy and Australia -- that are actively marketing themselves to nascent entrepreneurs.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It promises to be a very quiet week on Capitol Hill. Members of the House are back in their home districts for a constituent work week and will return next Monday. Meanwhile, members of the Senate are in town but there isn't much on the radar in terms of relevant committee hearings.

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Mark Marich
on May 12, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a couple of appearances on Capitol Hill this week to talk about the state of the U.S. economy. Wall Street will be keeping an eye on Yellen's testimony to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on Wednesday and Senate Budget Committee the following day. Meanwhile, the House is expected to vote on legislation -- the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 -- that would make the research and development tax credit permanent.

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Mark Marich
on May 05, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Kirk Named to Head EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Julie Lenzer Kirk, an entrepreneur and author, has been appointed by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to lead the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Economic Development Administration. Kirk had been serving as the executive director of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and was the co-founder of Startup Maryland.

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Mark Marich
on May 02, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

After a two week recess, members of Congress are returning to Capitol Hill and there are a handful of hearings to note. The House Committee on Fnancial Services settles in with the second part of a hearing on "legislative proposals to enhance capital formation for small and emerging growth companies." Earlier this month, the committee reviewed seven proposed bills including the "Fostering Innovation Act" and the "Small Company Freedom to Grow Act." Topics covered by other committees include: simplifying state income taxes for mobile workers, SBA-created initiatives and regional strategies for long-term economic growth. 

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Mark Marich
on April 28, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress remain back in their home states as the second week of the Spring recess begins. They are scheduled to return to Washington on Monday, April 28. 

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Quick Guide to Smart Entrepreneurship Policymaking

The latest Entrepreneurship Policy Digest from Kauffman, The Dos and Don'ts of Local Entrepreneurship Promotion, now offers certain principles of a new, evidence-based, entrepreneur-centred approach visible at the state and local level to put entrepreneurs at the center.

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With Passover upon us and Easter just around the corner, members of the U.S. House and Senate are in recess for the next two weeks -- just don't call it a Spring Break. Congress is scheduled to resume on Monday, April 28. 

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Mark Marich
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Administration Goes 'All In' on Global Entrepreneurship

Following up on President Obama's promise at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last fall, the administration today convened the first-ever meeting of its Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE). The group features accomplished entrepreneurs such as Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, Rich Barton, co-founder of Zillow, Tory Burch, fashion entrepreneur / brand, and Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution.

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
New Policy Digest Makes Case for Startup Visa

The first in a new series of policy digests from the Kauffman Foundation highlights strategies for how a 'startup visa would allow immigrants to start businesses in the U.S. after satisfying certain funding, employment and other requirements. The Economic Case for Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs features an analysis of possible economic contributions of one proposal currently before Congress and goes on to offer the following research-based strategies to maximize the benefits of any startup visa:

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
The Lean Startup Goes to Washington
Evidence-based policy, iteration, and innovation are making their way into government. [More]
Anonymous
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are a couple of congressional hearings this week focused on the central nervous system of countless startups and corporations alike -- the internet. The House Energy & Commerce Committee sets its sights on a lofty goal with a hearing entitled "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience and Freedom of the Global Internet." Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee asks if the Commerce Department is the best overseer of ICANN, a nonprofit that manages the global domain system. Other topics covered include: a look at the current employment situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the benefits and risks of bitcoin, the SBA budget, intellectual property, empowering women as a strategy for economic growth, protecting personal data and more. 

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Mark Marich
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are a couple of congressional hearings this week focused on the central nervous system of countless startups and corporations alike -- the internet. The House Energy & Commerce Committee sets its sights on a lofty goal with a hearing entitled "Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience and Freedom of the Global Internet." Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee asks if the Commerce Department is the best overseer of ICANN, a nonprofit that manages the global domain system. Other topics covered include: a look at the current employment situation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the benefits and risks of bitcoin, the SBA budget, intellectual property, empowering women as a strategy for economic growth, protecting personal data and more. 

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Mark Marich
on March 31, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
FY 2015 Budget Request Continues Regional Innovation Strategies

The Obama Administration unveiled additional details recently of its FY 2015 budget request, which includes $25 million for a Regional Innovation Strategies Program that will continue coordinated interagency competitions.

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Mark Marich
on March 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress gets back into full swing this week with a collection of committee hearings on Capitol Hill. The House Small Business Committee has a couple of hearings of interest -- first reviewing the proposed SBA budget for 2015 and then exploring the negative impact occupational licensing has on entrepreneurship and jobs. Other topics covered include: a possible end to the Fed's quantitative easing program, the proposed 2015 budget request for science agencies, bankruptcy reform, cyber security, the international financial system, quantitative easing and improving access to power throughout Africa. 

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Mark Marich
on March 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Both houses of Congress are in  recess, back in their home states for a one-week work period. Members are slated to return to Washington next Monday, March 24. 

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Mark Marich
on March 17, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Last week, President Obama's FY 2015 budget was a key focal point of congressional hearings on Capitol Hill. This week, the focus continues as Congressman Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee take a look at the President's FY 2015 Revenue and Economic Policy Proposals and the Joint Economic Committee reviews The Economic Report of the President 2014. In non-budget related hearings, the House Judiciary Commitee explores alternative solutions to an internet sales tax and the House Small Business Committee explores the rise of 3D printing and the opportunities it presents for entrepreneurs. Other topics covered by hearings this week include: an upswing in small business manufacturing, innovative ideas to expand the middle class, modernizing the Freedom of Information Act and more. 

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Mark Marich
on March 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

President Obama's FY 2015 budget highlights the committee hearing schedule on Capitol Hill this week as the House Budget Committee, House Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee all take a look. Other topics covered by hearings this week include: financial regulation's impact on competitiveness, financial data security, energy supply and infrastructure, health insurance and more. 

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Mark Marich
on March 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Landrieu Moves On, Cantwell Moves In

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu recently moved on from her spot atop the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship—which she held since 2009—in order to take over the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Taking her place is Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington. Cantwell is no stranger to the tech startup world, having spent five years (from 1995-1999) at RealNetworks in Seattle after a stint in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Next Chapter for America’s Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda

With the economy finally gaining steam after four years of a stop-and-start recovery, the Kauffman Foundation kicked off its “America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative” at the fifth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address. The main output will be a New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda by early 2016.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Immigration 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

A couple of pieces of legislation on regulation and taxes get a closer look this week in the House while competition in the wireless market and the semi-annual monetary policy report highlight activity in the Senate. Other topics covered by hearings this week include: equity market structure, health insurance, access to energy, veteran employment, infrastructure improvements and more.

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Mark Marich
on February 24, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
State of Entrepreneurship 2014

For the past four years, the Kauffman Foundation has held a State of Entrepreneurship Address to examine issues critical to the growth of new and young firms. This week, Kauffman President and CEO Tom McDonnell will present the state of entrepreneurship in America and kick off the Foundation's "America's New Entrepreneurial Growth Agenda," which will highlight recommendations for more prosperity. The fifth annual address is streaming live from the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, February 12, starting at 12 noon EST.

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Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Can Our Governors Rescue Immigration Reform?

It has now been more than a year since the United States Congress restarted efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Despite expected resistance from conservatives, the effort looked promising initially, with strong support from business, labor and President Obama. It was disappointing news for many when John Boehner, Speaker of the House of U.S. Representatives, conceded last week in a news conference that it is going to be politically difficult to move the overhaul forward this year.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Tuesday is a busy day for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. First, the committee will examine the challenges and advantages of an increasing number of seniors engaging in entrepreneurial activity. It will also conduct a nomination hearing for Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Obama’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on the Budget will be reviewing the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report — The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014-2024.  Other topics covered by hearings this week include: the rapid growth of wireless technology and the Internet of Things, regulatory burdens, open science and innovation at the EPA, monetary policy and the minimum wage.

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Mark Marich
on February 10, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
How Can Governments Help Entrepreneurs?

Are governments wasting their time and money with all of their efforts to promote entrepreneurial growth in their communities and countries? Not quite, but they could certainly be spending their resources more wisely. A new report from the Kauffman Foundation argues “despite billions of dollars in government research expenditures, the presence of research universities and patents are not associated with higher rates of entrepreneurship” and “the public sector can affect few significant factors to encourage entrepreneurship.”

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Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The big topic on Capitol Hill this week is protecting consumer privacy with one committee hearing in the House and three in the Senate. In late 2013, Target suffered a massive data breach affecting up to 110 million customers and they will be represented at two of the hearings — along with representatives from Neiman Marcus, Symantec, Consumers Union, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission and more. Other topics covered by hearings this week include: the 2014 budget, inefficiencies in federal programs for small businesses, Dodd-Frank’s Volcker Rule, financial research and the commercialization of space.

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Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
One of the most commonly cited — and ambiguous — laws of the internet is ‘fair use’. Some consider it a loophole to copyright protection while others — like a couple of witnesses at an upcoming congressional hearing — have called it vital to creative communities or even “the secret sauce of U.S. cultural competitiveness.”  This week, the House Judiciary Committee examines ‘The Scope of Fair Use’ and whether or not Congress needs to adjust the current formulation of fair use in the Copyright Act. Other topics covered by hearings in the House and Senate this week include: financial research, fighting the war on poverty through economic growth, the small business trade agenda and the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate on full-time jobs.  [More]
Mark Marich
on January 20, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Washington Wants to Reorganize to Serve Entrepreneurs
New legislation introduced this month in the Senate could turn what was anticipated to be a sleepy start on Capitol Hill for entrepreneurship advocates into a fresh look at how Washington, DC, helps entrepreneurs and new firms.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SEC Seeking Input on Crowdfunding
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for feedback from entrepreneurs and small business owners on a proposed rule to implement equity-based crowdfunding as required by the Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act. 
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Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
It looks to be a busy week for hearings on Capitol Hill -- at least in the House committees. The House Committee on Financial Services examines the impact of Dodd-Frank's Volcker Rule on job creators while the Small Business Committee discusses how the SEC's crowdfunding proposal will impact entrepreneurs and small business owners. Other topics covered by House hearings include: copyright protection; peer-to-peer business; and PPACA / Obamacare. In the only relevant hearing scheduled (at the time of publication) on the Senate side, drones and the future of unmanned aviation -- along with the inherent safety and privacy concerns -- get a look from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. 
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Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
As we begin 2014, members of Congress return to Capitol Hill and there are a few committee hearings scheduled for the week ahead. In the House, private sector STEM programs get a look from the Committee on Science, Space and Technology while Africa’s emerging economies are the focus of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. In the Senate, the only relevant hearing currently scheduled is a review of government support for bank holding companies including testimonies from entrepreneurship professors from MIT Sloan School of Management and Chicago Booth School of Business. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 06, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Members of the House get a jump on the holiday season and will be in recess this week. Meanwhile, their Senate counterparts have a few hearings scheduled. A hearing on the data broker industry follows a yearlong Commerce Committee examination of how data brokers collect, compile, and sell consumer information for marketing purposes. Also, patent trolls get another look this week, courtesy of the Judiciary Committee, which is also exploring the impact on small businesses from a recent decision by the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals to allow companies to require employees to sign contracts forbidding them from initiating class arbitration against the company. [More]
Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Pair of Bills Pass House
In last week’s This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy post, we talked about a couple pieces of legislation to make it easier to start and scale new firms that were getting a close up look and vote from the House Rules Committee. Both of them—the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) and the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105)—passed the House last week and are now on their way to the Senate.
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Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

One week after members of the House returned, the Senate reconvenes from its Thanksgiving recess. There are a few hearings on the Senate side to keep an eye on—including a look at advanced manufacturing, the digital trade agenda and domestic energy production by small businesses. Manufacturing innovation also gets a look on the House side from the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Other topics covered are the state of online gaming and small business contracting. 


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Mark Marich
on December 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Explores Measures to Modernize the Tax Code
December is here already, but some policymakers in the U.S. are not ready to end the year with entrepreneurship-enabling legislation on the back burner. Taking an “across-all-industries” approach, the Start-up Jobs and Innovation Act introduced last month in the Senate aims to stimulate investment in research-intensive startups.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bitcoin Building Momentum in Silicon Valley and on Capitol Hill

Still perceived by many to be the choice of currency for shady black market dealings, Bitcoin is starting to gain legitimacy as a valid form of digital currency. A disruptive innovation that has led to a number of startups and even its own Silicon Valley accelerator, Bitcoin has already succeeded in challenging the long-held notion that governments control the supply of money. And now it has a Foundation making the rounds on Capitol Hill.

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Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of the Senate are still on Thanksgiving recess but the House is back in action. The House Rules Committee will work on a couple pieces of legislation this week before they hit the House floor. The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) takes aim at patent trolls through a number of reforms including increased transparency and ‘fee shifting’ so the loser pays attorney fees in a patent case. The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) would effectively exempt private equity firms from registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other topics covered by committee hearings include: the bankruptcy code, small business lending, regulatory burdens on small financial institutions, the impacts of the health care law on small employers and government regulation in a changing energy landscape.

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Mark Marich
on December 02, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The next couple of weeks will be fairly quiet in Washington, DC, as Congress has adjourned for Thanksgiving holiday recess. The House will reconvene in one week on Monday, December 2, while the Senate doesn’t reconvene until the following Monday, December 9.

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Mark Marich
on November 25, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

‘The Startup Movement’ is the topic of a House Small Business Committee hearing this week—an appropriate and timely topic for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Georgetown University’s Jeff Reid and Kansas City Startup Village’s Adam Arredondo are scheduled to testify. Other topics covered in committee hearings include: Bitcoin and the future of virtual currency, content delivery methods in the digital age, medical mobile apps, the ‘Innovation Act’, small business exchanges in PPACA and more.

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Mark Marich
on November 18, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of the House are back on Capitol Hill following last week’s district work period and there are a number of hearings scheduled for the week ahead. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers shares the economic outlook with the Joint Economic Committee while CBO director Douglas Elmendorf appears before the House Budget Committee. Other topics covered include: federal investments in research, science and technology; patent trolls; advanced manufacturing; wireless spectrum; PPACA and more.

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Mark Marich
on November 11, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It looks to be a fairly quiet week on Capitol Hill. Members of the House are out of town, back in their congressional districts for a constituent work week. Meanwhile in the Senate, the America COMPETES Act—which funds government research and development initiatives and STEM initiatives—is up for reauthorization and will be the focus of a hearing by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The health insurance marketplace also gets a look from a couple of committees.

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Mark Marich
on November 04, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The pace continues to quicken on Capitol Hill this week with a number of hearings relevant to entrepreneurial development and startups in general. USAID is in the discussion on the future of Egypt and Syria and how it can support broader development (and entrepreneurs) there. Other topics covered by hearings include: a review of the JOBS Act at a year and a half, improving the US patent system, broadband adoption in the US, cyber-security, basic energy research and PPACA implementation challenges.

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Mark Marich
on October 28, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the federal government back in business, a couple of House committee hearings are on our radar screen for the week ahead. Financial Services examines challenges to capital formation while Energy & Commerce review the evolution of wired communications networks. Currently there aren't any hearings scheduled on the Senate side--but the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has an archived webcast of a hearing last week featuring small business owners on the impact of the government shutdown.

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Mark Marich
on October 21, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Why schedule hearings when the federal government is shutdown and facing default? No Congressional committees have scheduled relevant hearings for the week ahead. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the October 17 default deadline which would be more than a blip on the global economic radar.
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Mark Marich
on October 14, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

One week after the government shutdown began, the finger-pointing continues while a new deadline looms even larger—10 more days until a potential U.S. government default. While many are still calling it "extremely unlikely" there seems to be consensus in that it would be "a catastrophe." Meanwhile, many of the Congressional hearings were cancelled or postponed last week and the handful scheduled for this week look to be more focused on the blame game than anything else. Like last week, the following hearings may be postponed—so be sure to check the committee websites for last-minute updates.

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Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Who's Starting Up While the Government Shuts Down?
Look around and you will find a number of articles on the effects of the political stalemate / government shutdown on entrepreneurs. For “small businesses”, the effects are quite clear, mostly relating to government contracts (more than half the federal spending would go through federal contracts before the shutdown) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. In addition, with 62% of the SBA’s staff furloughed, all counseling is on hold until the government is back up and running. The suspension of these contracts, loans and services represents an immediate “brake” on the economy. [More]
Mark Marich
on October 07, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As of the time this was posted, leaders in the U.S. House and Senate still have not come to an agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown for the first time since 1995. The following schedule of hearings is tentative at this point and could be altered or scrapped altogether. Stay tuned for updates.

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Mark Marich
on September 30, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

If you Google 'government shutdown' and 'Congress' you should get a pretty fair picture of what the focal point is this week on Capitol Hill. Last week the Joint Economic Committee held a hearing called "The Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship." This week, the Senate Budget Committee explores a similar topic in "The Impact of Political Uncertainty on Jobs & the Economy." Meanwhile on the House side, Congressional Budget Office director Doug Elmendorf is scheduled to appear before the Budget Committee on the CBO's long-term outlook.

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Mark Marich
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Jobs Act Crowdfunding Measure Goes into Effect Today
Today marks a new era in entrepreneurial finance as the measure in the 2012 JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups Act) allowing “emerging growth” companies to ask accredited investors for equity investments publicly (e.g., through social media) without having to register the shares for public trading goes into effect.
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Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As the search continues for a possible second suspect in the Washington Navy Yard shootings, and the Senate cancelled its Monday session, Capitol Hill nervously looks to the week ahead. Things remain quiet on the topic of startups and entrepreneurship in Senate committees for the week ahead. On the House side, the Small Business Committee looks at "Private Sector Initiatives to Educate Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs" and others focus on intellectual property, regulatory flexibility and PPACA / "Obamacare." Meanwhile, the Joint Economic Committee hopes to shine a light on the "Economic Costs of Debt-Ceiling Brinkmanship."

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Mark Marich
on September 16, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As Members of Congress return to Washington from their August recess, all eyes are on Syria and whether or not they will approve the use of military force to punish the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Another issue looming is the debt ceiling and (seemingly perpetual) threat of a government shutdown that will require yet another temporary spending bill. Unsurprisingly, that doesn't leave much room or attention for hearings relevant to entrepreneurship. There are however a few in House committees already scheduled for this week.

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Mark Marich
on September 09, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Right Rules and Incentives

Entrepreneurs start and grow companies in spite of government. But Chris Schroeder’s new book Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East reveals a quiet, unnoticed uprising in the midst of front page uncertainty surrounding the region after the Arab Spring. The entrepreneurs leading the revolution illustrated in his book have not been waiting for government direction and resources. To the contrary, they have become the leaders.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home states and districts for the August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 9.

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Mark Marich
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress are back in their home states and districts for the August recess. They are scheduled to return on Monday, September 9.

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Mark Marich
on August 12, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress have left Washington to travel back to their home districts and states for August recess. Last month, we pointed out a study from the Congressional Management Foundation that outlined what members typically do when they return home for recess. The pace of the August recess is slower than most and according to a story in National Journal last week, what members will do this August varies widely—ranging from international trips to local fundraisers and family vacations to face time with voters.

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Mark Marich
on August 05, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurs Could Bring Savings, Innovation to Government

It has been almost two years since Dell announced its own entrepreneur-in-residence program and now it is trying to convince state and federal agencies that it would be a good idea for them to do the same.

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Mark Marich
on July 29, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

This is the last week before Congress breaks for the traditional August recess—when they will likely prepare for a looming September spending showdown. In the meantime, there are several hearings of interest—covering technology innovation, health care reform, employment figures, tax reform, patent reform and brain research.

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Mark Marich
on July 29, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Starting Up the Startup Act

It has been two years this week since the Kauffman Foundation took extensive research and data analysis around new firm formation, crafted a single document, and labeled it “The Startup Act.” Renaming the conversation that PDE had started earlier around how policymakers can make it easier for startups to emerge, create jobs and grow, was very effective in getting policymakers in Washington to take a look at entrepreneurship through the lens of helping new and young firms. But how far has America come in getting something done on their behalf?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the August recess looming just ahead, it looks to be another busy week on Capitol Hill. The immigration debate looks to be moving one piece at a time as the House Judiciary Committee looks for a way to first resolve the status of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Meanwhile, members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee look for a way to improve technology transfer and advance innovation into the marketplace. Other topics covered include: regulatory barriers; SBIC; copyright law; NIST and the private sector on cybersecurity; and the state of wireline communications.

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Mark Marich
on July 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes a couple of appearances on Capitol Hill this week as he outlines monetary policy and the state of the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, the House Small Business Committee examines how the IRS selects, classifies and audits the tax returns of small businesses. Other hearings cover topics such as: clean energy financing, pooled retirement plans for small businesses, regulatory burdens and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 15, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Lawmakers return to Washington this week and it’s going to be a busy one on the House side. Most eyes will be on actions related to the immigration reform debate where Republican leadership in the House have said that the comprehensive bill passed by the Senate is a nonstarter. And although there aren’t any committee hearings this week on the issue, there is a full slate of hearings on other topics, including: the impact of competitiveness on entrepreneurs, state strategies for small business growth, regulatory reform, experiential education, capital formation, the delay of the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 08, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for the week ahead as members of Congress left Washington this past weekend for the annual Fourth of July recess. Each recess is typically met with at least a couple of media stories about how it is ill-timed or even undeserved vacation. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s a vacation. Last week, Roll Call, the pre-eminent publication for Capitol Hill and everyone who follows it closely, highlighted some findings from a Congressional Management Foundation survey about members’ work habits and how they spend time on recess.

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Mark Marich
on July 01, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It is going to be a busy week in Washington, especially on the House side. The House Judiciary Committee has two days devoted to markup of a couple pieces of legislation – H.R. 1772 (the Legal Workforce Act) and H.R. 2131 (the Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act) – that focus on tighter employment verification and expanding H1-B visas. Of particular interest to those in the startup space might be the House Small Business Committee hearing on how mobile medical app entrepreneurs are changing the future of health care. Meanwhile, the Joint Economic Committee examines “smarter regulations.” Other topics include: impact of Obamacare on U.S. businesses, energy jobs, wireless technology and the history of minimum wage.

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Mark Marich
on June 24, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

If you thought the immigration debate in Congress was going to be smooth sailing, a markup this week in the House Judiciary Committee promises a choppier course. Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has scheduled a markup for the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act—a strict enforcement bill that could change the tenor of discussions. Other topics slated to be covered in hearings this week include: advanced manufacturing, energy priorities and opportunities for small business, STEM education, reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, health costs and economic recovery in Zimbabwe.

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Mark Marich
on June 17, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

In a relatively slow week for hearings, the House Committee on Financial Services explores ‘Reducing Barriers to Capital Formation’ and international regulatory burdens on U.S. competitiveness. Other hearings on the House side include: challenges and opportunities for small business contractors, review of the satellite television law and more.

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Mark Marich
on June 10, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Washington Starts Standing Up to Patent Trolls

The White House is hoping to address the skyrocketing number of patent infringement lawsuits with a new series of executive actions and legislative priorities targeted at so-called ‘patent trolls.’ According to a new report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, National Economic Council and Office of Science & Technology Policy, the total number of patent cases has nearly doubled in the past seven years. More alarming is the fact that in that same amount of time, the number of suits filed by patent-trolls—companies that own patents for the sole purpose of litigating to receive license fees—has more than tripled to 62% of all cases.

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Mark Marich
on June 10, 2013
Category:  Intellectual Property  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Crowdfunding and other ‘innovative ideas for raising capital’ take center stage when Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and others testify before the House Committee on Small Business this week. Other topics covered during hearings this week include: STEM education, regulatory reform, improving efficiency at the SBA, wireless competition, disaster response and the fiscal & economic effects of austerity.

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Mark Marich
on June 03, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

When Congressional committee hearings look into “offshore profit shifting” of “multinational corporations”, we don’t usually mention it in this weekly post. But when the multinational corporation in question is Apple and its CEO and CFO are scheduled to testify, we will make an exception given its impact on the mobile startup space alone. Tim Cook appears before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation on Tuesday to answer questions about its tax operations—and multiple sources are reporting he will likely use it to call for a major simplification of the tax code. But the Silicon Valley giant won’t be the only big name on the Hill this week.

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Mark Marich
on May 20, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While all eyes in the Senate are on the ongoing immigration debate, the House has a handful of committee hearings of interest. The “changing landscape of patent law” brought on by the American Invents Act and its “effects on small firms” are the focus of a Small Business Committee hearing. Topics covered in other hearings include: small business and pass-through entity tax reform; data centers and the cloud; copyright principles; and Keystone XL and small business job growth.

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Mark Marich
on May 13, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Returning to Washington after a state / district work period, Congress picks up the immigration issue with a few hearings. The Joint Economic Committee has a two-part hearing on “Immigration and Its Contribution to Our Economic Strength” with witnesses from Americans for Tax Reform, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Center for Immigration Studies and the American Enterprise Institute. The topic is also picked up in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as it examines potential reforms suggested by the ‘Gang of Eight’. Meanwhile, other hearings are scheduled to cover support of minority women entrepreneurs, regulatory burdens and health insurance fees on small businesses, and exports to Africa.

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Mark Marich
on May 06, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Several hearings on policies that impact entrepreneurial growth are scheduled for the week ahead with the biggest being the Senate Judiciary Committee’s look at potential immigration reform through The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744. Appearing earlier today were representatives from a range of entities including Microsoft, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Center for Immigration Studies. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appears before the committee during a hearing of the same title. Other topics covered in hearings throughout the week include: next-generation computing and “big data analytics”, the SBA budget, STEM workforce, small business lending, the state of wireless communications and more.

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Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
America COMPETES Up for Reauthorization

Created in 2007 during the Bush Administration and reauthorized in 2010 by President Obama, the America COMPETES Act is up for another reauthorization as major provisions are set to expire in 2013. The original law authorized $33.6 billion in appropriations from 2008 - 2010 for programs and activities in physical sciences and engineering research as well as STEM education and more. The reauthorization in 2010 increased the amount to $45.6 billion.

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Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Last week, President Obama’s FY 2014 budget was released—with a number of proposals that could affect entrepreneurs and small business owners. This week, that budget gets a closer look during a number of committee hearings. Other topics include: comprehensive immigration reform, entitlement reform proposals, tax fraud and identity theft, regulatory burdens on community banks, patent litigation, antitrust laws, health care reform.

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Mark Marich
on April 15, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With both houses returning to Washington this week from recess, there are a number of hearings scheduled of interest to those interested in the policies that promote entrepreneurship. President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal gets a look in the Senate from the Budget and Finance committees. Other topics include: STEM education, the US position on internet governance, JOBS Act update, small business tax reform, regulatory reform and the state of communications in rural communities.

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Mark Marich
on April 08, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Both houses of Congress are still in Spring recess and will return next week. While reports differ on exactly how close Republicans and Democrats are to a deal on immigration reform, you can expect to hear a lot about the subject when they return—and in the weeks ahead.

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Mark Marich
on April 01, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Both houses of Congress are in Spring recess in observation of the Easter holiday and will return in two weeks.

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Mark Marich
on March 25, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While it is a quiet week in the Senate for entrepreneurship and policy, House committees offer several hearings. Topics include: reducing regulatory burdens, patent litigation, STEM education, health insurance and the impact of health reform on jobs.

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Mark Marich
on March 11, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While most attention on Capitol Hill these days centers on the budget sequester—what it means and who is to blame – there are a number of committee hearings that should be of interest. In particular, the House Judiciary Committee has a busy day planned for Tuesday—with three subcommittee hearings on American competitiveness—and another to follow on Thursday. Topics covered in those and other hearings include: immigration reform, patent litigation, the impact of health care reform on small business, wasteful spending, cyber-security and more.

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Mark Marich
on March 04, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Startup 3.0 Introduced

Is the third time really the charm? A bipartisan group—U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), along with Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)—recently introduced Startup Act 3.0, aiming to revitalize the economy by making it easier to start and grow new firms.

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Mark Marich
on February 25, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Clear your schedule for the rest of the week if you plan on tracking all of the relevant congressional committee hearings. The “House side” of Capitol Hill is particularly busy with hearings on the budget and monetary policy with Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke, the impact of e-verity on immigration, broadband stimulus, regulatory hurdles and more.

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Mark Marich
on February 25, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Financing Growth: Helping More Americans Help Entrepreneurs

In his State of the Union Address next week, President Obama will shift gears back to job creation after his inauguration speech focused on wider themes. As the debate about how the government can help the economy regain its pre-recession strength enters a new phase, the Kauffman Foundation’s annual “State of Entrepreneurship Address” last week in Washington, DC, focused on how financial constraints have been blocking the success of new and young firms that create most of the net new jobs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 11, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

On the heels of the Kauffman Foundation’s State of Entrepreneurship Address, a couple of Congressional committees are taking a closer look at the economy. The House Small Business Committee is conducting a hearing on The State of the Small Business Economy that will focus on “current economic indicators that measure the health of the economy, with a specific focus on access to capital… (and) general economic concerns that small business owners will face in the coming year.” Meanwhile, the House Budget Committee will explore the Congressional Budget Office’s budget and economic outlook with CBO director Douglas Elmendorf and the Senate Budget Committee will look at the budget and economic outlook over the next 10 years. Other hearings include: comprehensive immigration reform, applications for IT research and development; innovation in education; manufacturing in American; outlook on energy and a review of the government’s approach toward unemployment.

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Mark Marich
on February 11, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The House side of Capitol Hill comes to life this week with a few committee hearings of interest. A couple of hearings are set for Tuesday morning, right ahead of the Kauffman Foundation's State of Entrepreneurship Address, with another hearing on American competitiveness on Wednesday.

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Mark Marich
on February 04, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
State of Entrepreneurship Address Available via Live Webcast

If you can’t make it to Washington, DC, tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 5) for the Kauffman Foundation’s State of Entrepreneurship Address, don’t worry, it will be streamed live online. The session, scheduled for 12 noon ET at the National Press Club, features remarks from SBA Administrator Karen Mills, Senator Jerry Moran and new Kauffman president and CEO, Tom McDonnell.

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Mark Marich
on February 04, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Gun control, pension savings and access to health care are the only topics currently scheduled to be covered in hearings this week. Meanwhile, President Obama will be in Nevada tomorrow to unveil his plans for comprehensive immigration reform—stay tuned for details in next week’s PDE.

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Mark Marich
on January 28, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Another relatively quiet week lies ahead on Capitol Hill. Several House committees have their organizational meetings scheduled while the Senate has yet to return. No relevant hearings are scheduled.

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Mark Marich
on January 14, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurs and Last Week’s Fiscal Deal

Unless you completely unplugged over the holidays, you know that if Democratic and Republican lawmakers could not bridge their differences on how best to reduce the nation's budget deficit and debt, the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandated a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to take effect January 1, 2013. While Washington kicked the can down the road on budget cuts, the cliff was avoided – but what does the deal mean for American entrepreneurs?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 07, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The 113th Congress was sworn into office on Thursday last week. There are 97 new members, but little change from the 112th. The Senate has 13 new members with the Democrats maintaining control -- increasing their edge to 55-45. The House of Representatives has 84 new members with the Republicans maintaining control -- slipping a few seats to outnumber Democrats 233-200.

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Mark Marich
on January 07, 2013
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the holiday season approaching, almost all eyes in Congress are on the fiscal cliff deadline that is now only two weeks ahead. A recent proposal from House Speaker John Boehner with a couple of key concessions have led to a cautious optimism that a deal will be in place before long. In the meantime, the committee hearings schedule on Capitol Hill is quiet on the entrepreneurship front.

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Mark Marich
on December 17, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As fiscal cliff talks continue amid mutual claims of ‘distrust’ from both parties, other discussions continue on Capitol Hill. The five FCC commissioners are scheduled to appear before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce this week to discuss spectrum auctions and other efforts to meet the soaring demand for wireless broadband services. The auctions were part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman Walden’s Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act. Other hearings cover the future of NASA, tax incentives to promote energy efficiency and small business recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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Mark Marich
on December 10, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Another narrowly focused week lies ahead as the calendar slowly gives way into the final month for Republicans and Democrats to find compromise and avoid a $500 billion mix of tax increases and spending cuts. Leading the way is a Joint Economic Committee hearing on the fiscal cliff itself—scheduled for Thursday. The only other hearing of interest scheduled at this point is on the impact of international tech transfer on American R&D.

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Mark Marich
on December 03, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Young Firms & Promoting Innovative Growth

Young firms and their ability to raise capital will be the focus of a discussion in Washington next week at the Brookings Institution.

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Mark Marich
on November 26, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Following a quiet week on Capitol Hill due to the Thanksgiving holiday, talks on the fiscal cliff are scheduled to resume this week as lawmakers return to Washington. In addition, there are a number of hearings scheduled on the House side that touch on issues of interest to hard-core followers of the entrepreneurial economy including: music licensing and intellectual property, energy R&D and capital standards.

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Mark Marich
on November 26, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurship Key to Poverty Reduction

U2's Bono is the only one championing the cause of startups in the fight for poverty reduction and sustainable economic growth--and it isn't restricted to Africa or emerging economies either. A new study by the Goldwater Institute points to a "strong connection between a state's rate of entrepreneurship and declines in poverty"--put simply, more entrepreneurs equals less poverty.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

All eyes "in Washington" are on the fiscal cliff--well, except for those that are examining the details surrounding Benghazi and the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.

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Mark Marich
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

After the longest pre-election recess in history, members of Congress return to the status quo in Washington, DC this week for a lame duck session. Very few hearings are currently on the books, but you can expect there to be a lot of discussions over the next month or two about the looming fiscal cliff.

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Mark Marich
on November 12, 2012
Category:  Global  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The last several weeks of campaigning are finally (and thankfully for most of us) coming to a close with tomorrow’s election. Various polls have the presidential race as too close to call—not surprisingly, both campaigns are predicting victory. You can create and share your own predictions or just follow along tomorrow on CNN’s electoral map. If you are an avid election night junkie like all of us in Washington and want to track the battle to control Congress, we suggest Real Clear Politics maps for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

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Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.

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Mark Marich
on October 29, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.

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Mark Marich
on October 22, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.

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Mark Marich
on October 15, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.

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Mark Marich
on October 08, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress is in recess with members back in their home states and districts as they focus on campaign work over the next several weeks. They will return to Washington at some point after the November 6 election.

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Mark Marich
on October 01, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As we anticipated last week—well, us and pretty much everyone else who tracks the comings-and-goings of Congress—the House and Senate adjourned for a six-week recess so that they could focus on campaigning ahead of the general election in November. Somewhat comically (and predictably), Democrats called on the GOP majority in the House to postpone the recess while Republicans similarly chided the Democratic majority in the Senate – meanwhile, the media threw up its hands at both. The departure is the earliest pre-election recess since John F. Kennedy faced-off with Richard Nixon in 1960.

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Mark Marich
on September 24, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The recent return of Congressional leaders from a 5-week recess won’t be long-lived. With the heated presidential campaign in full-swing, members are focusing their current efforts in Washington on campaign-related events—and trying to figure out how soon they can escape back to their home states and districts to focus on campaigning there. That escape may come as soon as the end of this week. In the meantime, there are a number of hearings that may be of interest to our readers.

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Mark Marich
on September 17, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
PCAST Tackles Spectrum Sharing, Advanced Manufacturing

Last week was a busy one for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who make policy recommendations “where understanding of science, technology and innovation is key to strengthening our economy.” In two separate reports, PCAST explored approaches to meet the sky-rocketing demand for wireless broadband as well as the necessary steps to provide long-term U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing.

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Mark Marich
on July 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a sobering review of the U.S. economy. This week, a number of Congressional hearings continue to address the underlying issues--like the impact of Dodd-Frank and the 10th anniversary of Sarbanes-Oxley--as well as the potential in cloud computing and commercializing research from the international space station.

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Mark Marich
on July 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Legislation Stalled on Capitol Hill

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate each lost once last week--entrepreneurs and small business owners lost twice.

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Mark Marich
on July 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke makes a couple of appearances on Capitol Hill this week to talk about monetary policy and the U.S. economy. Tuesday, Bernanke appears before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs while on Wednesday he addresses the House Committee on Financial Services. Other hearings scheduled include: how mobile apps are moving the economy; a look at the impact of Dodd-Frank on small business; regulatory impediments to job creation and others.

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Mark Marich
on July 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Washington’s Willingness to Send Job Creators Overseas

As elections approach and there is a lot of debate on which is the best road to a robust economy with more jobs, policymakers should take time to listen to the message of the just-released Kaufman Foundation videos on the benefits of high-skilled immigration. With Washington being unwilling to separate the obviously different issues of high-skilled immigration and how to handle illegal immigrants, a net job gain strategy remains hostage to politics as usual in the nation’s capitol.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Following the Independence Day holiday, members of Congress have a full slate of hearings in the week ahead. Included is a look from the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform at the impact on entrepreneurs of the Supreme Court decision validating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Other hearings cover topics including: commercializing NASA technologies; mobile payments; renewable energy; regulatory reform and more.

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Mark Marich
on July 09, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Startup Act 2.0 Gaining Endorsements

Since the House & Senate each passed identical versions of the Startup Act 2.0, the legislation has picked up a growing list of impressive endorsements. Topping the list is tech giant Google.

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Mark Marich
on June 25, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Another week with a lot of activity on the House side. The JOBS Act is the focus of a couple hearings by the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform while other topics include: research universities and technology transfer; international intellectual property enforcement; regulation of mobile payments and the future of video. Also, the pending increase on the capital gains tax is the subject of a joint hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

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Mark Marich
on June 25, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The House of Representatives is in a week-long recess and will return to action next Monday. In the meantime, a handful of Senate committees have hearings scheduled that may be of interest to entrepreneurs and those who support them—including a look at competitiveness and collaboration between the U.S. and China on clean energy.

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Mark Marich
on June 11, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Startup Act 20 Introduced in House

A few weeks ago, we told you about the Senate version of Startup Act 2.0—sponsored by a bipartisan group of four U.S. Senators. Not to be outdone, the House introduced identical legislation last week thanks to Congressman Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) along with a group of cosponsors—Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) and Robert Dold (R-Ill.).

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Mark Marich
on June 11, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Agencies Announce 2012 Accelerator Challenge

Faced with another disappointing jobs report—the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May—the Obama Administration is looking to a new multi-agency competition to develop regional clusters and create jobs while strengthening advanced manufacturing.

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Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Headlining the hearings for the week ahead is Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke presenting ‘The Economic Outlook’ to the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), chaired by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Also, SBA Administrator Karen Mills addresses the SBA’s Management of Its Capital Access Programs before the House Committee on Small Business.

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Mark Marich
on June 04, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

A fairly slow week on Capitol Hill is punctuated by a Joint Economic Committee hearing on "How the Taxation of Labor and Transfer Payments Affect Growth and Employment." Witnesses for the hearing are: Simon Johnson, entrepreneurship professor from MIT; Richard Rogerson, economics professor from Princeton; and Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at AEI (and former principle deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration).

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Mark Marich
on May 14, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Members of Congress return from a short recess to a handful of committee hearings this week, including a look at how skyrocketing costs on gasoline are impacting small firms by the House Committee on Small Business.

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Mark Marich
on May 07, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Another quiet week is in store in the Senate while the House tackles international patent issues, rising energy costs for small business and the impact of the Report on Carcinogens from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Off the Hill, Senators Moran and Warner talk about the Start-up Act at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars while the Cato Institute ponders ‘Is Immigration Good for America?’

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Mark Marich
on April 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Congress returns from recess with a number of hearings of interest. The House Committee on Small Business takes a look ahead on “The Tax Outlook for Small Businesses” while other committee hearings target the dwindling capacity for bandwidth, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy technology, equity financing and more. Meanwhile on the Senate side, “Perspectives from the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Creating Jobs and Growing Businesses through Entrepreneurship” leads the way in the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on April 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It’s another quiet week on Capitol Hill as both houses of Congress are back in their home states and districts from April 2 – 15. Check back next week for an updated list of relevant committee hearings.

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Mark Marich
on April 09, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The JOBS Act: How Business Should Get Done in Washington, DC

The JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act is one small step away from becoming law after its fast passage in Congress and President Obama has given reassurance that he will sign the bill when it gets to his desk this week (probably Thursday). The passage of the JOBS Act last Tuesday during a politically charged time is proof that entrepreneurship promotion is a bipartisan issue. As the clock moves relentlessly toward November, both sides of the aisle found common focus and set out to solve the entrepreneurial access to capital problem. The American public should be proud of how functional Washington was these past few weeks.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 02, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Two quiet weeks lie ahead on Capitol Hill as both houses of Congress are back in their home states and districts from April 2 – 15.

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Mark Marich
on April 02, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
JOBS Act Set to Sail Through

While the Senate approved the JOBS Act late last week, it attached an amendment that requires House approval before the legislation makes it to President Obama to be signed into law. However, the amendment—which increases investor protections in crowdfunding—is not enough to derail the hugely popular legislation which is expected to sail through the House easily this week.

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Mark Marich
on March 26, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With all eyes on the anticipated House approval of the JOBS Act (the Senate passed a modified version last week 73-26), several hearings are still on our radar screen for the week ahead. Cyber-security gets scrutinized by several subcommittee hearings on the House side while the Senate deals with mobile payments and renewable energy tax incentives among other issues.

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Mark Marich
on March 26, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The House returns from a short District work period coincides with an increase in activity in the week ahead. The Small Business Committee looks to entrepreneurs to lead economic recovery while Financial Services examines mobile payments and the future of money. On the Senate side, crowdfunding and SBICs highlight the hearings.

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Mark Marich
on March 19, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

It is a quiet week on Capitol Hill. The House is on recess for the week and will return to session next Monday. Meanwhile, there doesn’t seem to be much activity in the Senate committees we track.

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Mark Marich
on March 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Review of the FY 2013 budgets for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology are among the hearings scheduled on the House side. NIST is also on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation under the context of strengthening U.S. competitiveness through investments in R&D.

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Mark Marich
on March 05, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Legislation Introduced Impacting Startups and Small Businesses

Within the last month, ten pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress that have a direct impact on entrepreneurs and small business owners. Below is a quick look at those bills, along with the sponsoring member.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Fernandez Stepping Down at EDA

John Fernandez, U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, will leave his post at the end of the week and return to the private sector.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Budgets for FY 2013 are starting to get a look on Capitol Hill this week. Two hearings held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology are of particular interest. On Tuesday, the budget for the National Science Foundation is being presented. Later in the week, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu walks through the Department of Energy R&D budget.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
POPVOX Shines Spotlight on Startups

A new startup aimed at engaging the American public in the legislative process is shining a light on a handful of bills that could have a direct impact on entrepreneurship throughout the US.

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Helping Startups Cross the 'Valley of Death'

A proposed permanent exemption to capital gains taxes on investments in startups could help new high-growth firms thrive and create jobs. According to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, an exemption on investments in startups held for at least five years could spur $750 million in additional seed investment and help them survive the ‘Valley of Death’—moving from concept to prototype.

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Tax Code 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policiy

President Obama’s overall proposed budget for FY 2013 is the highlight for a number of hearings in the week ahead, including the Budget Committees on both sides of the Capitol. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology drills down a bit and takes a look at the dollars for federal research & development. Meanwhile, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce examines employment trends in ‘Where the Jobs Are.’

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Watch the 2012 State of Entrepreneurship Address

At the 2012 State of Entrepreneurship Address, held February 9, 2012, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation interim president and CEO Benno C. Schmidt, along with National Governors Association (NGA) leaders Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and Delaware Governor Jack Markell, called for state and local government policy changes to foster entrepreneurship and accelerate economic growth.

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty 
CBO Projects Sluggish Recovery Through 2013

Expect more-of-the-same when it comes to the performance of the US economy for the next two years—with slow economic growth and unemployment rates remaining over eight percent.

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Mark Marich
on February 06, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
State of Entrepreneurship Address: A Roadmap for State Growth

Heading into what promises to be a heated general election year, the Kauffman Foundation has turned the focus of its third annual State of Entrepreneurship Address back to the state and local level. Later this week at the National Press Club, Benno Schmidt, the Foundation’s interim president, will present “A Roadmap for State Growth,” touching on a number of proposed recommendations regarding state and local laws and regulations—that won’t break policymakers’ budgets.

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Mark Marich
on February 06, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship

A couple months ago, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) were joined by Steve Case, AOL co-founder and CEO of Revolution LLC, as they introduced the Startup Act—based largely off research and recommendations released by the Kauffman Foundation.

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Mark Marich
on February 06, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Hearings and other meetings heat up during the week ahead on both sides of the U.S. Capitol. A roundtable discussion on “Developing & Strengthening High-growth Entrepreneurship,” including PDE’s Jonathan Ortmans, leads the way in the Senate while the House Budget Committee hears from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on “The State of the US Economy.” Meanwhile, off the Hill, Steve Case of the Startup America Partnership joins Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Mark Warner to talk about the Startup Act and ‘Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship.’

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Mark Marich
on January 30, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Winners of EDAs i6 Challenge Visit Capitol Hill

The last we heard from the i6 Challenge, the Economic Development Administration was looking for comments on the "X Prize-style" competition designed to help additional cities develop economic blueprints for the future. Last week, four of the six winners of the competition were featured at a hearing on Capitol Hill to provide members of Congress with a look at how federal funds are impacting regional economic growth.

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Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Things are starting to pick up on Capitol Hill as the House of Representatives is set to reconvene tomorrow (Nov. 17). Relevant hearings are already scheduled for several committees, including Financial Services, Armed Services and Oversight & Government Reform. The Senate will reconvene next Monday, January 23.

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Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA's Mills Elevated to Cabinet-level in Proposed Reorganization

SBA Administrator Karen Mills has been tapped by President Obama to join his Cabinet as part of a larger plan to consolidate the Small Business Administration and several other federal agencies with overlapping responsibilities. The move for Mills is effective immediately, but the reorganization plan requires the backing of Congress.

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Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Things are starting to pick up on Capitol Hill as the House of Representatives is set to reconvene tomorrow (Nov. 17). Relevant hearings are already scheduled for several committees, including Financial Services, Armed Services and Oversight & Government Reform. The Senate will reconvene next Monday, January 23.

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Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Year for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to 2012 – a year which, without any official proclamation, will likely be an excellent year for entrepreneurs. In so many respects, advocates in 2011 for startups and entrepreneurs could not have done better in setting up 2012. Better data, more relevant policy and legislation, streamlined programming and more widespread public support should give all reason to be optimistic that more people will take a risk, unleash an idea and make a job. And we should expect even more new developments that will shape even better entrepreneurship ecosystems across the world.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on January 09, 2012
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

No hearings scheduled for the week ahead. The House of Representatives is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, January 17 with the Senate scheduled for Monday, January 23.

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Mark Marich
on January 09, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

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.

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Mark Marich
on December 19, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

As Congress nears the end-of-year holiday recess (which may or may not technically happen), all eyes are on the payroll tax deal negotiations and the expiration of the latest temporary spending bill. Meanwhile, several hearings are happening on Capitol Hill and of interest to PDE followers, including a look at the possible expansion of top-level domains through ICANN.

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Mark Marich
on December 12, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the House & Senate both in Washington this week, several hearings are scheduled that caught our attention, including a review by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs on outstanding proposals to spur job growth through capital formation.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
'Learn to Earn Act' Introduced

While hundreds of US colleges, universities and high schools were celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA, a new bill was introduced to Congress that encourages participation in entrepreneurship education programs. Sponsored by Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa, the 'Learn to Earn Act of 2011' seeks to create incentives for states and local school districts to implement high-quality entrepreneurship programs in communities all across the country.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled this week as Members of Congress are in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With Election Day 2011 behind us, members of Congress start to settle back into their routines in Washington. With the rest of DC focused on Global Entrepreneurship Week, a handful of committee hearings are scheduled that somewhat address the policy environment to promote entrepreneurial growth.

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Mark Marich
on November 14, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bills Pass House, Offer More Funding Options

Last week, we told you in our weekly 'This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy' post that the House was examining a couple of bills “intended to make it easier for startups and other companies to raise capital.”

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Mark Marich
on November 07, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
New Firms & Disruptive Technology

As countries get richer, they become more heavily dependent on home-grown innovation -- as opposed to simply expanding existing activities or borrowing good ideas from abroad -- to maintain their growth. And since new firms play an absolutely vital role in the innovation process, removing barriers to entrepreneurship becomes increasingly important to maintaining economic dynamism and prosperity.

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Mark Marich
on November 07, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

While Washington, DC, has plenty going on during Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 14 – 20, Capitol Hill is fairly quiet during the week leading up to it. The House is in recess for the week—observing Election Day from their home districts—while Senate committees have a very light load of hearings.

Be sure to check back next week during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Mark Marich
on November 07, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Washington DC's Huge Celebration of Startups for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Regardless of whether American policymakers can ever fix domestic policy to boost entrepreneurship—as in making a Startup Visa happen or removing other barriers that slow the birth of new high growth firms—the nation’s capital will be alive with startup fever next week (November 14 – 18) as Global Entrepreneurship Week takes center stage around the world.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 07, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
Legislation Introduced to Improve SOX Requirements for Small Businesses

Rep. Ben Quayle from Arizona’s third district recently introduced  H.R. 2941, the Startup Expansion and Investment Act, which will allow shareholders of public companies with market valuations below $1 billion to opt out of regulations within section 404 for the first 10 years after going public. The costs for complying with the requirements of this section of Sarbanes-Oxley can exceed $1 million for new companies and can cost them up to $20 million in loss of valuation.

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Mark Marich
on September 26, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (September 26 - 30)

Updated: Monday, September 26 // 7:52 pm

While the original House and Senate calendars called for recess for this week, members of the Senate remained in Washington to work on a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown at the end of this week. It passed a six-week bill by a 79-12 vote and also passed a one-week continuing resolution to give the House until October 4 to act.

The House remains on recess (for the time being) and was not scheduled to reconvene until Monday. It had approved its version of a continuing resolution on Friday that cut an environmental loan program run by the Energy Department that Democrats called a job creator. The Senate had rejected that measure on Friday.

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Mark Marich
on September 26, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy May 23

The House is back in session with a full slate of hearings throughout the week. And while there is little going on in the Senate, the Joint Economic Committee will discuss “Driving Innovation and Job Growth through the Life Sciences Industry.”

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Mark Marich
on May 23, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Huckabee and Trump Aren’t Running. So What Does that Mean for the Presidential Race?

In the last few days, two big names have announced they aren’t going to run for President.  So what bearing does that have on the race for the White House in 2012?  Here are five ways these non-announcements will have an impact on the race.

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Cameron Cushman
on May 20, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Digesting DC 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy May 16

Members of the House are back in their districts for the week. Meanwhile, a handful of hearings is lined up in the Senate, including a progress report on the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.

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Mark Marich
on May 16, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy May 09

Legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs gets marked up in a committee hearing on the House side while mobile phones come under review in the Senate.

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Mark Marich
on May 09, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy May 02

As major media outlets continue to show wall-to-wall coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden, Congress carries on with a relatively light collection of hearings that are of interest to followers of the entrepreneurial economy.

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Mark Marich
on May 02, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This is not the American Dream

Americans are more dependent on the federal government than ever before. According to USA Today, 18.3 percent of the nation’s total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010. Much of this increase has come since 2008, mainly due to the expansion of healthcare and federal programs generally. Americans got an average of $7,427 in benefits last year, up from $4,763 in 2000. USA Today even breaks the data out by state, with New York leading the list.

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Cameron Cushman
on April 28, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Digesting DC 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Apr. 18

Two quiet weeks lie ahead on Capitol Hill as members of Congress are mostly back in their states / districts for Spring Recess from April 18 – 29.

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Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Apr. 11

A look at upcoming Congressional committee hearings on Capitol Hill, including a few on taxes and job growth.

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Mark Marich
on April 11, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Apr. 4

SBA programs get an examination during a Senate hearing, while several hearings are on tap on the House side, including the second in a series for the House Committee on Small Business regarding reauthorization of SBIR and STTR.

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Mark Marich
on April 04, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Mar. 21

Both houses of Congress are out of town for a State / District Work Period. However, a few field hearings are scheduled on the House side dealing with energy & education and how they relate to job growth.

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Mark Marich
on March 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Mar. 15

A few hearings in the Senate focused on federal R&D and clean energy and jobs are in store for the remainder of the week, while the House looks at the SBA budget, SBIR and other issues.

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Mark Marich
on March 15, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Mar. 7

A heavier schedule for the House than the Senate in the week ahead, including hearings on immigration & jobs, the rising cost of employer-based health care, and the tax system’s impact on job creation.

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Mark Marich
on March 07, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Feb. 28

A number of hearings are scheduled for the week ahead in both houses of Congress, including testimony by Secretary of State Clinton, Secretary of Energy Chu and Secretary of Treasury Geithner.

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Mark Marich
on February 28, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Feb. 21)

Following two heavy weeks of hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill, Congress is back in their states / districts for the Presidents’ Day Work Period.

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Mark Marich
on February 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Obama Unveils FY 2012 Budget

The White House sent President Obama's proposed budget for FY 2012 to Congress earlier today--weighing in at $3.7 trillion. With Republicans looking to poke holes in the plan, Jack Lew, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will appear at several congressional hearings throughout the week to defend it. In advance of those hearings, Lew appeared on the White House website with a quick overview of what the budget hopes to accomplish. 

 

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Mark Marich
on February 14, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Feb. 14)

The steady stream of congressional hearings continues, featuring a review of President Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget by a number of committees, including the Budget Committees on both sides of the Capitol.

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Mark Marich
on February 14, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Feb. 08)

A slew of hearings in the House are scheduled for this week, with action in the following committees: Budget; Education & the Workforce; Financial Services; Judiciary; Oversight & Government Reform; Small Business; and, Ways & Means.

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Mark Marich
on February 08, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Jan. 31)

Members of Congress are back home for a State Work Period / Constituent Work Week.

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Mark Marich
on January 31, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
What the President Should Say Tomorrow

Dear Mr. President, the nation's entrepreneurs are counting on you tomorrow night. Want to use your State of the Union speech to lay out a plan for real economic growth? Here's what you should say.

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Cameron Cushman
on January 24, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Digesting DC 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Jan. 10 - 16)

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:

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Mark Marich
on January 17, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The recently convened 112th Congress slowly rolls into action while Washington continues to deal with the aftershocks of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.

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Mark Marich
on January 17, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Jan. 10)

The 112th Congress officially convened in Washington last week. As the Republicans rise to majority status in the House, they assume control of Congressional committee chairmanships relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship policy, including:

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Anonymous
on January 10, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Jan. 03)

Congress is back in session on Wednesday, January 5, with a new Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

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Mark Marich
on January 03, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Dec. 20)

There are no relevant Congressional hearings or meetings currently scheduled for the week ahead in Washington.

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Mark Marich
on December 20, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
So How Did They Do?

Last spring I profiled several entrepreneurs who were running for office. So now that the midterm elections are behind us and all the races have been decided, how did our entrepreneurs do?

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Cameron Cushman
on December 17, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Digesting DC 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Dec. 13)

There are no relevant Congressional hearings or meetings scheduled for the week ahead in Washington.

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Mark Marich
on December 13, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Graves to Chair House Small Business Committee

Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), who had served as the ranking minority member of the House Small Business Committee, will assume the chairmanship when Republicans formally take control of the House in January. Graves released the following statement after being selected by his colleagues:

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Mark Marich
on December 09, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Dec. 06)

A couple of meetings and hearings are scheduled in the Senate for the week ahead in Washington, DC, including:

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Mark Marich
on December 06, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Nov. 29)

Congress has returned from the Thanksgiving week recess with several meetings and hearings scheduled.

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Mark Marich
on November 29, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Nov. 15)

Congress will be in session this week – returning to the 18th lame duck session since 1935 – then will go back into recess for Thanksgiving week. In the meantime, several hearings in the House and Senate (below) may be of interest.

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Mark Marich
on November 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Nov. 8)

After an election night that predictably returned the Republicans to the majority in the House while Democrats hung on to a slim margin in the Senate, members will look to return to Washington for official business next week. Stay tuned for congressional hearings and other events related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on November 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
DC Plans for Global Entrepreneurship Week

This month, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. As thousands of events take place in more than 100 countries during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Washington, DC, is planning on making its mark through a number of policy events.

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Mark Marich
on November 01, 2010
Category:  General  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 25)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Mark Marich
on October 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 18)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Mark Marich
on October 18, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Oct. 11)

Both houses of Congress are home campaigning for the upcoming elections.

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Mark Marich
on October 11, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

No relevant hearings are scheduled for this week.

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Mark Marich
on October 04, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Sept. 27)

With everyone in Washington focused on the upcoming elections, last week and the one ahead have been busy as members eye an October return to their home states for some last-minute campaigning. Here is a look at some relevant hearings for the week ahead.

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Mark Marich
on September 27, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
By George, I Think You've Got... a Bailout?

Long overdue assistance for America's small business owners? Or just another ill-conceived bailout? 

In Washington, the answer to that question depends on which side of the aisle you sit. Outside Washington, it likely depends on whether or not your business sees a slice of a $30 billion fund intended to ease credit and stimulate lending to small businesses. 

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Mark Marich
on September 20, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (100920)

Almost everyone in Washington focused on the upcoming elections, which means that there is a lot of hustle and bustle as members eye an October return to their districts / states for some last-minute campaigning. Here is a look at some relevant hearings for the week ahead.

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Mark Marich
on September 20, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
When Politicians Can't Be Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurs Must Be Political

Guest post by Byron Kennard

Is DC defunct? It sure seems that way. Just about everybody is bemoaning Washington’s dysfunctional political system. According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 73 percent of respondents consider the system “broken.”  Only 15 percent think it workable. Fifteen percent?!  Louis XVI had higher public approval ratings on the day the Bastille fell. What’s next? A guillotine installed on Lafayette Square?

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Mark Marich
on September 20, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The US House and Senate return this week from their Summer Work Period. As of now, the following hearings are scheduled for this week... although more may be added as the day progresses. Stay tuned for updates.

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Mark Marich
on September 13, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Does Silicon Valley Need a DC Lobby?

LinkedIn founder and venture capitalist Reid Hoffman was reported by The Hill saying that entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley could benefit from a stronger lobbying presence in Washington D.C. because their concerns are often ignored in favor of older interests.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  General  Growth & Poverty  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.

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Mark Marich
on September 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Small Business – Small Office – Big Deal

Until late 2008, Tom Sullivan served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. While he is now back in the private sector, he is still championing the cause of entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere.

In a recent blog post on AmericaSpeakOn.org, Sullivan reflects on the President’s recess appointment of his successor:

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Mark Marich
on August 30, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
This Week in Entrpreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.

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Mark Marich
on August 30, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Regulatory Flexibility Act at 30

On September 21, 2010, the Small Business Administrations’ Office of Advocacy will be hosting a symposium on Regulatory Flexibility for Small Business. The event will highlight the 30 years of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and will examine the role that the RFA plays in ensuring policy decisions that create a healthy environment for small business growth and development.

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Mark Marich
on August 27, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape 
This Week in Entrpreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.

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Mark Marich
on August 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Revived

Eliminated by the previous administration, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) will soon reemerge.  The U.S. Department of Energy announced recently plans to reestablished SEAB under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Serving as an independent advisory committee to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the twelve-member board is comprised of scientists, business executives, academics and former government officials.

 

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Mark Marich
on August 16, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrpreneurship Policy

There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.

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Mark Marich
on August 16, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrpreneurship Policy
There are no hearings scheduled for this week as the House and Senate are in recess for their Summer Work Periods. Both are scheduled to reconvene on September 13, 2010.
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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Uncertainty About the Economy Among Bloggers

What are leading economics bloggers thinking lately? The Kauffman Foundation has once again collected the views of more than 200 of these specialized bloggers in a mid-July survey.

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Mark Marich
on August 09, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Growth & Poverty  Workforce 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

No hearings are scheduled for the House of Representatives as it is in recess for the Summer District Work Period until September 10. Meanwhile, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee will consider legislation calling on the SBA to increase entrepreneurial training and counseling for veterans.

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Mark Marich
on August 03, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Dodd-Frank Signed Into Law

Last week President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. Concerns that the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will result in a flood of federal mandates detrimental to startups and small businesses were alleviated slightly by a handful of protections.

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Mark Marich
on August 02, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Red Tape 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Tuesday, July 20, 2010House Science and Technology Committee - Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight"Building a Science of Economics for the Real World" Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318 10:00AM - 12:00PMWitnesses: Dr. Robert M. Solow, MIT; Dr. Sidney G. Winter, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Scott E. Page, University of...

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Mark Marich
on July 18, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Importance of Start Ups
When it comes to U.S. job growth, startup companies aren’t everything. They’re the only thing.That is the key message from a recently released Kauffman Foundation report entitled "The Importance of Startups in Job Creation and Job Destruction." The findings echo testimony given earlier this month before... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 07, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings

The House and Senate have adjourned for the week-long recess for their Independence Day Work Period. They will return to Washington for legislative business on July 12.

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Mark Marich
on July 05, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
PDE staff were on hand for a Kauffman Foundation briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 22. Our report of the event follows:While the job creation discussion usually defaults to a debate between big and small companies, often ignored are... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Where Will the Jobs Come From?2226 Rayburn House Office Building12:00 noon While the American employment situation has begun to improve in recent weeks, the unemployment rate still hovers near 10 percent and millions of people remain unemployed, with long-term unemployment at an all-time... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 21, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Thursday, June 10, 2010House Committee on Science and Technology -  Subcommittee on Research & Science Education - Hearing"From the Lab Bench to the Marketplace: Improving Technology Transfer"2318 Rayburn House Office Building10:00AM - 12:00PMWitnesses:    •    Dr. Thomas W. Peterson, Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering, National Science... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 07, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
COMPETES Bill Passed in the House
Last Friday, on a third try, the House of Representatives passed with a 262-150 vote the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116), ending a heavy House debate over concerns about the fiscal challenges that the act represents. The act, aiming to support U.S. competitiveness through... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 02, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (May 24 - 28)
Wednesday, May 26Joint Economic Committee"Avoiding a Lost Generation: How to Minimize the Impact of the Great Recession on Young Workers"   Dr. Harry Holzer Professor, Georgetown Public Policy Institute,  Georgetown University Washington, DC Mr. David R. Jones President and Chief Executive Officer,  Community Service Society New York, NY Mr. Stephen M. Wing Director of... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 24, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (May 17-21, 2010)
Monday, May 17, 2010 House Small Business Committee - Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Field Hearing "Access to Capital for Small Businesses" The hearing will examine the current credit conditions for Pennsylvania small businesses. Witnesses will offer testimony on expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs and spurring... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 17, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
COMPETES Removed from Consideration
On Thursday, May 13 the House of Representatives voted to recommit the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 on a 292-126 vote. In response, House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) requested House leadership to pull the bill (H.R. 5116) from consideration.... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 17, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (May 10-14, 2010)
WEDNESDAY, May 12, 2010 House Small Business Committee - Hearing “Small Businesses and Broadband: An Engine for Economic Growth and Job Creation” The Committee will hear from small businesses on how broadband is helping to grow the economy and create new jobs. 2360 Rayburn House Office Building 1:00 PM [more info]   [More]
Mark Marich
on May 10, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
States Providing Funding / Incentives for Entrepreneurs
[HT to Innovation Daily]  A recent piece on Forbes.com, “States that Truly Bet on Small Business," offers a glimpse at a Spinal Tap-esque list (it goes to 11) of states that strongly promote entrepreneurship through funding programs. Which states -- and programs -- make the list? Ohio: Ohio Third... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 05, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (May 3-7, 2010)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010House Small Business Committee - Hearing“Tax Initiatives that Promote Small Business Growth”The Committee will analyze how targeted tax provisions aimed at small firms can maintain the economic recovery and encourage small business expansion.2360 Rayburn House Office Building 1:00 PM[more info]  Wednesday, May... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 03, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bringing Change to Washington, Through Attrition
When Barack Obama was still a presidential candidate, he promised to change the way Washington worked. He was swept to power on this mantra of change accompanied by seemingly insurmountable majorities in both houses of Congress. But due to a multitude of factors, major membership... [More]
Cameron Cushman
on May 03, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General  Digesting DC 
Washington Rolls Out Red Carpet for Global Entrepreneurship
This afternoon, President Obama addressed the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship organized by the Department of State and the Department of Commerce following his promise in Cairo last June. The event is designed to promote entrepreneurship in Africa, the Middle East, and South, Central and Southeast... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 26, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global 
COMPETES Introduced in the House
Last Friday, the House Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) introduced HR 5116, America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.COMPETES was originally signed into law in 2007 after receiving broad bipartisan support.  It was based on recommendations from the National Academies’ report Rising... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 26, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (April 26-30)
Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010 Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Hearing “Connecting Main Street to the World: Federal Efforts to Expand Small Business Internet Access” Russell Senate Office Building, SR-428A Witness Panel 1:     * Jonathan Adalstein       Administrator       Rural Utilities Services     * Julius Genachowski       Chairman       Federal Communications Commission    ... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 26, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (April 19-23)
Monday, April 19, 2010, House Small Business Committee - Subcommittee on Finance and Tax - Field Hearing “Access to Capital for Small Businesses” The field hearing will examine the current credit conditions for Florida small businesses. Witnesses will offer testimony on expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 19, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (April 12-16)
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010House Science and Technology Committee - Subcommittee on Research & Science Education - MarkupNational Science Foundation programs10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRayburn House Office Building, Rm 2318[more info][audio] Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee - HearingHearings to examine reviewing the... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 12, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
An Economist for the Court?
Last week, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement kicking off one of Washington's favorite pastimes --  speculating on potential Supreme Court nominees, their political leanings and whether or not the opposing party will turn the confirmation process into a bloodbath. Tim Kane, senior fellow... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 12, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (April 5-10, 2010)
There are no relevant hearings this week, but here is one for next week:Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee - HearingHearings to examine reviewing the national broadband planWitness: The Honorable Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 2:30 PMRussell Senate... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 05, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (March 29 - April 2)
Congress is currently in recess. The Senate will reconvene on April 5 and the House on April 12. [More]
Mark Marich
on March 29, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Proposed Bill Would Hurt Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs
Kauffman Foundation Vice President Robert Litan argues in an opinion piece published in the Huffington Post that proposed 'protections' for angel investors in Section 926 of the comprehensive financial reform bill outlined by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Senator Dodd are unnecessary and will hurt America's... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 27, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (March 22-26, 2010)
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation"Reviewing the National Broadband Plan"2:30 pmRussell Senate Office Building, Rm 253   [more info] Wed, Mar. 24, 2010House Science and Technology Committee - Subcommittee on Technology & Innovation - Hearing Supporting Innovation in the 21st Century Economy10:30AM - 12:30PMRayburn... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Business Incubators and Job Creation
A House Committee on Small Business hearing earlier this week covered the topic of "Business Incubators and Their Role in Job Creation." Testifying before the committee was Dr. Robert Strom, Director of Research & Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, who called the newfound... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 19, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (March 15 - 19)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010House Science & Technology Committee -- Subcommittee on Research and Science Education - Hearing"Broadening Participation in STEM"10:00 a.m.2318 Rayburn House Office Building[more info]Tuesday, March 16, 2010 House Appropriations Committee - Full Committee – Hearing"FY 2011 Budget and Economic Outlook"10:00 am2359 Rayburn House... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (March 8-12, 2010)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 House Science and Technology Committee- Subcommittee on Research & Science Education - Hearing "The National Science Foundation’s FY 2011 Budget Request" 10:00AM - 12:00PM Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318 [more info] Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee - Hearing "Advancing American innovation... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (March 1-5, 2010)
Tuesday, March 02, 2010Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee - Subcommittee on Economic Policy - Hearing"Restoring Credit to Main Street: Proposals to Fix Small Business Borrowing and Lending Problems"9:30 a.m.538 Dirsken Senate Office Building[more info]                 Wednesday, March 3, 2010 House... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 01, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senators Introduce "Start-Up Visa" Legislation
On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., introduced legislation to drive job creation and increase America's global competitiveness by helping immigrant entrepreneurs obtain visas to the U.S. The “StartUp Visa Act of 2010” would allow an immigrant entrepreneur to receive... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
The recurring snowstorms last week and the President's Day work period combined for a quiet couple weeks on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled.  [More]
Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Skepticism about Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan
An article in today’s Washington Independent, “Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan Meets Skepticism,” lays out concerns with the President’s plan to make $30 billion in repaid TARP funds available for small banks to lend to small businesses. “There’s little indication that these banks need the money — or that... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Highlights from House Science and Technology Agenda
On January 19, Rep. Bart Gordon announced the 2010 legislative agenda for the House Committee on Science and Technology. Innovation and energy and STEM education lead the priorities list.As part of its effort to maintain U.S. competitiveness through innovation, the Committee plans to work on... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Technology Transfer 
A Look at Obama's Plan for Small Business
Within the past week President Obama outlined several proposals to help small business create jobs: $30 billion of federal bailout funds redirected to community banks to lend to small business Tax credits for new hires and wage increases Elimination of capital-gains tax on investments in small business Tax incentives... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Asks SBA to Implement FAST Partnership
Last week, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) co-signed a letter from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to Karen Mills, SBA Administrator, requesting that the SBA swiftly implement the allocated funds for the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership. FAST provides... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 26, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Wednesday, January 27, 2010House Committee Science and Technology - Hearing"The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E): Assessing theAgency’s Progress and Promise in Transforming the U.S. EnergyInnovation System"10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRayburn House Office Building, Room 2318 [more info]  Thursday, January 28, 2010 Senate Committee... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 25, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The State of Start-ups
When President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address is still unclear. However, with 80 percent of the population believing that new economic growth and jobs will come from entrepreneurs, discussion around what his address should include in terms of policies that... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 18, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Tax Code 
Science Park Legislation Introduced in the House
On Jan 12th, U.S. Representatives Gabrielle Giffords (D -AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced “The Science Parks Research and Innovative New Technologies Act” (SPRINT Act - H.R.4413). The legislation would authorize the Department of Commerce to establish a $7.5 million competitive grants program for feasibility... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 14, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
Obama's Social Innovation Fund
The Corporation for National and Community Service will receive public feedback on their draft Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) until the end of this week.SIF is a new public-private initiative created by the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 14, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Hearing This Week
The following hearing details were announced after our Monday newsletter. It will take place in Palo Alto, CA. Friday, January 15, 2010House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Hearing“The Impact of U.S. Export Controls on National Security, Science and Technological Leadership”10:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)Arrillaga Alumni Center,... [More]
Mark Marich
on January 14, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
A couple of hearings are scheduled down the road to examine aviation security, but there still isn't much happening on the entrepreneurship front on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled.  [More]
Mark Marich
on January 11, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
As Congress prepares for the holiday, no relevant hearings or meetings have been scheduled. [More]
Mark Marich
on December 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Thursday December 17, 2009 Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Committee HearingMark Up of "The Small Business Export Enhancement and International Trade Act of 2009" and "The Small Business Job Creation and Access to Capital Act of 2009"12:00 pmRussell Senate Office Building, Room 485 [more... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
In a speech at the Brookings Institution last Tuesday, President Obama proposed creating incentives for small businesses to hire more workers as part of recent efforts to boost job creation. "There is only so much government can do," Obama said. "Job creation will ultimately depend... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Small Business Size Standards Under Revision
After 25 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is considering revising the definitions of “small business”. The current broad definition of small business covers businesses with 500 or fewer employees, but the exact definition depends on the type of industry. Comments for the three... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009 Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs - Economic Policy Subcommittee - Hearing"Weathering the Storm: Creating Jobs in the Recession"03:00 pmDirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 538 [more info] Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation - Hearing"Research Parks and Job Creation:... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurship Recommendations at the Obama Jobs Summit
At yesterday’s White House “Jobs Summit”, Kauffman Foundation president and CEO Carl Schramm laid out five strategies to boost entrepreneurship and create jobs. Schramm, an economist, author on entrepreneurship and former entrepreneur, joined about 130 business leaders, economists and CEOs from across the United States... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 04, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Workforce 
Small Businesses’ Views on Health Care
A Dallas Morning News article recently argued that in Texas, where fewer than 50 percent of private-sector employers offer health insurance, some small firms say they would be more competitive if they dropped coverage and paid the fine that is stipulated in the House bill.... [More]
Mark Marich
on December 04, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Senate Energy and Natural Resources - Full Committee HearingHearings to examine policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.10:00 amDirksen Senate Office Building, Rm 366 [more info]   [More]
Mark Marich
on November 30, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
The Strategy for Energy Innovation
PDE staff attended a meeting on “Innovation and the Strategy for Renewable Energy” at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Our report of the event follows:The Tuesday Innovation Policy Discussion Group of the Woodrow Wilson and MIT hosted last week a meeting with Henry Kelly, Principal Deputy... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 24, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: No Hearings
As Congress prepares for the long holiday weekend (and with all eyes onthe looming health care debate), no relevant hearings or meetings havebeen scheduled. The Senate next meets on November 30 & the House ofRepresentatives next meets December 1. [More]
Mark Marich
on November 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
President Obama Proclaims Support During Global Entrepreneurship Week
As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close in the US and 88 countries around the world, U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation supporting those efforts, proclaiming November 16 - 22 to be a national Entrepreneurship Week. In doing so, Obama called "upon... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General  Global 
Sarbanes-Oxley Exemption for Small Businesses
On Wednesday November 4th, the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation that would permanently exempt some small businesses from having to comply with provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The amendment would exempt companies with a market cap of less than $75 million from having to... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 10, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee - Hearing"Hearings to examine increasing health costs facing small businesses."02:30 pmDirksen Senate Office Building, Rooom 430 [more info] Wednesday, November 4, 2009House Small Business Committee - Hearing"Small Businesses and the Estate Tax: Identifying Reforms... [More]
Mark Marich
on November 02, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A New Extension for SBA Programs
On Monday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation (S.1929) to temporarily extend all the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs, which include the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The legislation will extend these programs through April 30, 2010.On her statement... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Stimulus for Entrepreneurship
Last week, PDE reported on several measures under discussion in Washington that would put entrepreneurs at the forefront of recovery efforts. Some of these measures are moving quickly. On Friday, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair, Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., introduced a bill... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurs’ Perspective on Healthcare Reform
PDE staff attended a U.S. Senate hearing entitled “Reform Done Right: Sensible Health Care Solutions for America’s Small Businesses" held by the Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Our report of the event follows:On Oct. 20th, policymakers examined the impact of the current healthcare system... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 House Science and Technology Committee - Technology and Innovation Subcommittee – Hearing "Developing Research Priorities at DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate"2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318 (WEBCAST)[more info]Tuesday, October 27-29, 2009 Senate Environment and Public Works... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Jobless Economic Recovery
The New America Foundation organized a symposium on “The Jobs Deficit: The Challenge of Putting America Back to Work.” Our report of the event follows:The New America Foundation event gathered a large crowd of economic and political analysts, policymakers and public opinion leaders, who considered... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
A Shift in Mandate: Federal Bailout Funds for Small Businesses
It seems like some policymakers have decided to invest directly in the most powerful job creators, small businesses. The Washington Post unveiled this morning that there are a few plans under discussion in Washington to boost job creation and the recovery by making bailout funds... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 15, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Health Care Reform: Don’t Shortchange our Growth Drivers
On the heels of the Senate Finance Committee’s long-awaited vote on its health care bill, I thought it would be helpful to once more comment on its effect on our entrepreneurs.  The status quo in healthcare undermines entrepreneurship: small businesses are paying a higher cost... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on October 13, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
New Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Last week, the U.S. government took a bold move in favor of entrepreneurs. At the Inc. 500/5000 conference, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced the formation of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Secretary... [More]
Mark Marich
on October 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Rockstar Entrepreneurs Don't Come to Washington
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... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, September 29, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Hearing“Reform Done Right: Sensible Health Care Solutions for America’s Small Businesses.”Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562 [more info] Wednesday, September 30, 2009 House Committee on Science and Technology - Energy and Environment Subcommittee –... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
An Emerging National Innovation Strategy
While President Obama has said a lot of the right things about innovation and entrepreneurship, a number have pointed to a disconnect between those words and the actions and policies emerging from the Administration. Earlier today, the president again addressed the topic from Hudson Valley... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Fernandez confirmed at EDA
President Obama's selection to head the Economic Development Administration, John Fernandez, was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate. The following is a press release issued by the Commerce Department: JOHN R. FERNANDEZ CONFIRMED AS U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWASHINGTON -- U.S. Commerce Secretary... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 11, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurs As a Solution to Policy Challenges
In the past few months, we have highlighted through articles and factsheets how public policy can make the path easier for entrepreneurship and innovation. With the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, we hope to emphasize not only how policies can foster entrepreneurs, but also how entrepreneurship can directly be part of... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 07, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  General  Global  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Liability Litigation  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
SBA Expands Microloan Program
The Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) has expanded its Microloan program as Recovery Act fundsare making their way into access to capital programs for small businesses. Theincreased funds -- an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance from the the American Recovery and... [More]
Mark Marich
on September 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
FCC Examining Wireless Innovation
The FCC is pointing to innovation in wireless communications as a major driver for near-term ecomic recovery and long-term growth. On Thursday August 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved a sweeping investigation into the wireless industry. The move is being broadly reported as... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 31, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA Introduces YouTube Channel
The Small Business Administration recently launched it's own YouTube channel, joining an increasing number of federal agencies that are taking advantage of the popular video-sharing platform to reach a larger audience.The channel will carry a variety of content aimed at helping support entrepreneurs and small... [More]
Mark Marich
on August 28, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Chicago: A Systems Approach to K-12 STEM Education
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... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
Request for GAO Study on Trade Policies to Help Small Firms
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... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on August 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Press Conference on the Health Insurance Reform
Yesterday at a press conference at the Capitol, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., discussed the effects skyrocketing health care costs on small businesses and... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 31, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
Exploring Women's Participation in STEM Education
In a hearing last week, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee examined current research findings, best practices, and the role of federal agencies in increasing the interest of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in primary and... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 House Science and Technology Committee - Full Committee MarkupThe Committee will meet to consider the following measures or for other purposes:H.R. 3246, Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009H.R. 3165, Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009H.R. 3029, To establish a... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on July 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Seemingly Simple Concept: Cost Matters
Until late 2008, Tom Sullivan served as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. While he is now back in the private sector, he is still championing the cause of entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere.  In a recent blog post... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
The Research & Experimentation Tax Credit
Last week, the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on "Helping Small Business Innovators through the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit." Led by the Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology, members listened to the experience of technology entrepreneurs in utilizing this tool, commonly known... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Economy Will Revive with Help from Entrepreneurs
Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy recently released its annual report The Small Business Economy. In an accompanying letter to the President, the report affirms that “the economy will revive, with help from America’s entrepreneurs.” This new edition documents the effects of the 2008 recession on... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
TARP Funds for Small Businesses?
The Obama Administration revealed last week that an initiative to redirect some of the $700 billion TARP funds away from banks and towards helping small businesses is on the table. Although no amounts have been specified, this new initiative would represent a significant shift... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Update on SBIR Reauthorization
Late on Monday (07/13/2009), the Senate passed S. 1233 via unanimous consent. This bill would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs through 2023 and change the eligibility criterion for VC-backed firms. This bill would let the National... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBA Funding on the Rise
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which incorporates a $22 million increase for the Small Business Administration (SBA) over the President’s request. The bill allocates a total of $697 million in funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
House Approves SBIR Reauthorization
On July 8, 2009 the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2965, the Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009 by a vote of 386-41. This legislation would reauthorize through 2011 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 13, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
Obama Announces Choice to Head EDA
President Obama announced on Monday his nomination of John Fernandez to head the Economic Development Administration as the new Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. Most recently, Fernandez worked for the Indianapolis-based law firm ofKrieg Devault, advising private and governmental organizations oneconomic development, public... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Wednesday, July 8, 2009House Small Business Committee - Hearing"The Looming Challenge for Small Medical Practices: The Future Physician Shortage and How Health Care Reforms Can Address the Problem"10:00 AM2360 Rayburn House Office Building [more info] Wednesday, July 8, 2009 House Science and Technology Committee -... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 06, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Cap-and-Trade Moves to the Senate
Recently, the House of Representatives narrowly voted (219 to 212) in favor of the gargantuan H. R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Henry Waxman of California and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. At the heart of this over 1,200-page legislation... [More]
Mark Marich
on July 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
Bills to Stimulate Innovation Advance
On Wednesday June 24, the House Committee on Science and Technology held a markup on H.R. 2965, the Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009. This Act reauthorizes and revises the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) program, which stimulates development of commercial... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 25, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Committee Votes to Reauthorize SBIR-STTR
In a closed session late last week, the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship unanimously passed two bills to reauthorize and improve a number of Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. PDE staff covered a roundtable discussion on these issues earlier in June.... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 22, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
Below, we highlight some hearings and events on policy areas that intersect with entrepreneurship. Monday, June 22, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Field Hearing“Missed Opportunities: The ARRA and the NIH/SBIR exclusion” 1:00 PM ETStella B. Warner Montgomery County Council Office Bldg, 7th... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 22, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
More Recommendations Supporting VC-Backed Firm Access to SBIR-STTR
PDE staff were on hand last week for a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business taking yet another look at the reauthorization of the SBIR and STTR programs. Our report of the hearing--Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR and STTR Programs--follows:This... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
New SBA Program Starts Today
Small businesses needing assistance with making payments on existing debts have a new option starting today -- the American Recovery Capital (ARC) program from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This new emergency lending program aims to help businesses that have not missed a payment yet... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 15, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Cap and Trade Not Enough
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a panel discussion held by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) on Capitol Hill. Our report of the event--Is Cap and Trade Enough? Why Reducing Emissions Depends on Technology Innovation Panel Discussion--follows:The Information Technology and... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 12, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Energy 
Entrepreneurial Development
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a roundtable held by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the event--Entrepreneurial Development: Investing in Small Businesses to Strengthen Our Economy--follows:In preparation for the reauthorization of the Small Business Administration (SBA), the... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 12, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Bill on the Future of SBIR
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship introduced this week a legislation to reauthorize the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program along with the Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR), which were scheduled to expire at the end of July... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 12, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Trade Opportunities for Small Businesses
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, (D-La), introduced a bill to help increase small business trade opportunities. S.1196,  The Small Business International Trade Enhancements Act of 2009 improves the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of International Trade to help small... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 09, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
House Approves Two Bills for Inter-Agency Coordination in S&T
The science and technology bills are moving along the legislative process. The House of Representatives approved yesterday two bills that originated in the Committee on Science and Technology and that share the common theme of interagency coordination and knowledge-sharing.H.R. 1736, the International Science and Technology... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 09, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Excellence in Economic Development
  Secretary Locke (left) with PDE's Jonathan Ortmans at a previous meeting discussing entrepreneurship as a means of economic development Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the seven winners of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2009. “Excellence Award winners exemplify the... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Legislative Initiatives to Modernize & Strengthen SBIR and STTR
PDE staff were on hand last week for a hearing held by the House Small Business Subcommitte on Contracting and Technology. Our report of the hearing--Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR and STTR Programs--follows:The reauthorization of the Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR)... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Focus of Roundtable Discussion
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a roundtable held by the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the roundtable--SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: Ensuring a Strong Future for Small Business in Federal Research and Development--follows:The U.S. Senate Committee on Small... [More]
Mark Marich
on June 05, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
House Gives Vote of Confidence to Entrepreneurs
As part of an effort to get our economy back on track by unleashing entrepreneurship, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with new and expanded assistance. H.R. 2352, the Job Creation through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 01, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
NAS Study on SBIR Adds Hope for the VC Industry
As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program approaches, evidence is mounting on both sides of the debate that has been pushing the decision about the future of SBIR back since March. This time, a new study supports the... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 29, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
More VC Leadership at the SBA
Last Thursday, President Obama announced his nomination for the position of Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the Small Business Administration. The nominee, Winslow Sargeant, is a managing director in the technology practice at Wisconsin-based venture firm Venture Investors LLC. The first thing that comes to... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
There are no hearings scheduled for this week as Congress is in recess. The next meeting of the Senate is June 1, 2009; the House next meets June 2, 2009. [More]
Mark Marich
on May 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Increased Credit Card Protections Sought for Small Firms
Entrepreneurship data has consistently shown that a large portion of small businesses rely on credit cards as one of their largest sources of financing (see for example, the Kauffman Firm Survey). According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA), the number of small businesses reporting... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 18, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Monday, May 18, 2009 House Energy and Commerce - Full Committee Markup"American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009 Markup"01:00 PM2123 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Senate Appropriations - Energy and Water Development Subcommittee - Hearing"Hearings to examine funding and oversight... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 18, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Hearing Addresses Small Business Financing
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a hearing of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the hearing--Small Busniess Financing: Progress Report on Recovery Act Implementation and Alternative Sources of Financing--follows: In her first appearance before the U.S. Senate... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 15, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Economic Stimulus and Small Business
What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from MyVenturePad.com takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Health Care  Tax Code  Workforce 
Agencies Encouraged to Use Recovery Funds on Innovative Small Businesses
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., wrote on Thursday (05/07/2009) to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement, urging them... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
New Bills to Support Green and Women’s Entrepreneurship
The House Small Business Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Subcommittee approved a series of bills last Thursday (04/30) to authorize and expand several Small Business Administration programs.Some of these new bills have an interesting focus on "green entrepreneurs." For example, a bill sponsored by Rep.... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 06, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Environment 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 House Science & Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight – Hearing "Follow the Money Part II: Government and Public Resources for Recovery Act Oversight"2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (WEBCAST)[more info]Wednesday, May 6, 2009House Small Business Committee -... [More]
Mark Marich
on May 04, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Improving Collaboration and Efficiency in Science Programs
Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology approved three bipartisan bills which share the common themes of strengthening inter-agency coordination processes andmaking government smarter. There was no major disagreement in today’s full committee markup; the bill with all proposed amendments was moved to the... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 29, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Workforce 
The First 100 Days
Facing a country reeling from the Great Depression and demanding immediate action, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt pushed through a remarkable number of new programs during the first 'First Hundred Days.' Since then, it has become a milestone for every president and this week, I take... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 
Small Businesses Leery of Obama’s Agenda
A new survey sponsored the City Business Journals Network finds that many small business owners are wary of the economic policies of the new Obama Administration.The survey was based on interviews with 301 business owners (42% Republicans, 34% Independent, and 16% Democrats) across the US.Of... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Health Care 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- Committee HearingHouse Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment"Pushing the Efficiency Envelope: R&D for High-Performance Buildings, Industries and Consumers"Time -- 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. Location -- 2318 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Wednesday, April 29, 2009 --... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Global  Technology Transfer 
We're from the Government and We're Here to Help
On a recent appearance on MSNBC, Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee chair Mary Landrieu talked about easing the flow of credit and other efforts in Washington to help small businesses. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy [More]
Mark Marich
on April 10, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
House Republican Budget Plan
For several weeks, Republicans in the US House of Representatives have been soundly criticizing President Obama’s proposed FY2010 budget as fiscally irresponsible. But, without a detailed budget plan of their own, Republicans were unable to present a comprehensive alternative. Last week, House Republicans unveiled their... [More]
Mark Marich
on April 06, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingSenate Small Business and EntrepreneurshipHearings to examine the nomination of Karen Gordon Mills, of Maine, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.Time --  09:30 a.m. April 1, 2009 - Committee HearingHouse Ways and MeansFull Committee, hearing on Health Reform in... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBIR Lives to Fight Another Day
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... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Expanding Equity Investment in Small Businesses
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... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
HUBZone Program Under Fire
PDE staff were on hand yesterday at the House Small Business Committee hearing on oversight of the Small Business Administration and its programs. Not surprisingly, recent reports of fraud in the HUBZones program dominated discussion. Our report of the hearing follows: The future of... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Proposed SBA Budget Focus of Hearing
PDE staff were on hand yesterday to cover the fairly routine Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 for the Small Business Administration. Our report follows:Over the last eight years the agency has seen a 28 percent... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
New Programs to Support Small Business Lending
The Obama Administration seems to be warming up to an important fact: entrepreneurs will be the real drivers of new job creation and economic recovery.  The latest evidence comes from last Monday’s White House announcement of a series of measures to help address the credit... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Next PDE Briefing to Address Immigration & Innovation
The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am -... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 22, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Immigration 
Patent Reform Debates Gear Up
Congress has been grappling with patent reform for nearly a decade.  Several reform bills have passed in past Congresses, but none have made it into law.  A new series of debates is set to begin anew in the 111th Congress.  Last week, the leadership of... [More]
Mark Marich
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Intellectual Property 
Innovation at Risk
My essay today takes a look at the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program. In all likelihood it will continue, but a reauthorization still hasn't happened. Here is the lead: One of the few effective government programs to support innovation is at risk. The language... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on March 16, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
Obama, Jindal Pay Lip Service to Entrepreneurs
Last night, President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union-like address to a joint session of Congress where he tempered his doom-and-gloom message while outlining his plans for the economy. And while the stimulus package that he's promoting as the answer to our financial... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 25, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
SBIR at Risk?
While many Federal technology and innovation-related programs will be seeing an infusion of new economic stimulus funds, one of Washington’s more effective technology support tools--the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program--may be at risk in the coming months. The SBIR program, which helps steer Federal... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 23, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Three Views on the Economic Stimulus Plans
As Congress continues to move forward with the 2009 economic stimulus package, a number of think tanks are offering their views on what makes sense both for economic stimulus, but also for building a more competitive American economy over the long term.The Information Technology and... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 02, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
GAO’s High Risk Series: 2009
At the beginning of each Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes its listing of Federal programs and efforts that are at “high risk” for waste, mismanagement, and abuse. This listing is designed to shine a light on these problems areas, and to help drive... [More]
Mark Marich
on February 02, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Stimulating Entrepreneurship
Everyone, everywhere is focused on the stimulus package being debated on Capitol Hill. My latest essay suggests policymakers can and should do more to leverage the role ofentrepreneurs in stimulating our economy, but they must do socarefully.Here is the lead: Congress is considering the American... [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on January 26, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General 

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