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NSBA: It's Not Easy Being Green

A new report from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) profiles a handful of small firms developing new clean energy technologies--and outlines the challenges they face. Beyond the technological obstacles navigated by every innovative firm in the industry, as well continued uncertainty over the national and global economies, the authors argue that the profiled firms were challenged by the lack of a national energy policy.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Bright Idea from MIT Team Impresses Energy Secretary

Not every college student gets to pitch their business idea to the U.S. Energy Secretary. Then again, not every college student is developing optics for next-generation LED lighting.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on May 23, 2011
Category:  Environment 
Every Day is Earth Day for Small Business

Last year in April, we re-published a blog post from Tom Sullivan about how small business treat every day as Earth Day. Sullivan, who runs the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief and previously served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, revisits the topic again this week in his SBCRR blog:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Environment 
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 16, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment  Capitol Hill 
Combing the World for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

This year has brought a lot of productive give-and-take of ideas on clean energy innovation by people around the world who saw opportunity rather than doom in the combination of environmental and financial challenges. Last May, for example, I joined over 140 participants from all...

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 25, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Conference Highlights Upcoming Focus on Cleantech

The National Cleantech Open Conference took place in San Jose last week, headlined by the Under Secretary of Energy, Dr. Kristina Johnson. Dr. Johnson spoke of the importance of innovation within the cleantech industry and announced a Department of Energy grant of $122 million over five years to...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 23, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily
Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America and its founder, Rich Bendis. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: Illinois Approves Angel Investment Credit, Extends R&D Credit (from SSTI Weekly Digest) China unveils... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 05, 2010
Category:  Environment  Tax Code  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
Achieving Our Energy Innovation Goals
At a meeting of national energy industry innovators in Omaha last week, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation released a report summarizing the discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House last month. The report outlines a number of specific recommendations... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 21, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Can Cleantech Put the US Back to Work?
That's the question that will be on everyone's mind at the National Cleantech Open Conference on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in San Jose, California.Dr. Kristina Johnson, the Under Secretary of Energy, and Ron Gonen, CEO of RecycleBank will keynote the event, discussing the economy, jobs... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 21, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Combating Climate Change: How Entrepreneurs Are Doing What Congress Can't or Won't

Guest post by Byron Kennard "Historically, when environmentalists see a problem, their reaction is to regulate it," says Mark Clevey, a clean technology guru who has helped dozens of green small businesses in Michigan get off the ground. "When entrepreneurs see a problem, their reaction is...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on June 07, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Every Day Is Earth for Small Business
Guest post by Tom Sullivan Here in Washington, there is a hue and cry against "special interests," for every topic of debate. Bankers who provide homeowners with loans and who provide entrepreneurs with seed capital are the "special interests" who oppose financial re-regulation. Doctors who care... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 22, 2010
Category:  Environment 
NESTA's Big Green Challenge Winners
The UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has announced the winners of its Big Green Challenge. The Big Green Challenge is NESTA’s £1 million challenge prize designed to stimulate and support community-led responses to climate change. The winners, who had until... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 18, 2010
Category:  Environment  General 
Hotspots for Cleantech
As everyone continues to look to cleantech as a hot industry for the coming year, what are the best places to be to capitalize on the trend? A recent post from the Cleantech Group ranked the top universities, while an earlier post looked at the... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 11, 2010
Category:  Energy  Environment  Technology Transfer 
Clean Tech Job Trends
A new report from Clean Edge highlights clean-tech employment trends in the U.S. and globally. Clean Tech Job Trends 2009 is an analysis of how clean-tech jobs are changing the face of industry, where the hotbeds of growth exist, and whether current clean-tech salaries are... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 15, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 
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]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Health Care  Immigration  Intellectual Property  Physical Infrastructure  Red Tape  Technology Transfer  Workforce 
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]
Posted by: 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 
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]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on May 06, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Environment 
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]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 27, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Environment  Global  Technology Transfer 
Will We See a Revolution in Energy Technology?
Today the world celebrates Earth Day. This year, advocates of policies to contain climate change probably see hope in the increased federal funding for energy R&D coming from the stimulus bill and this year’s budget.  Charles Weiss (Georgetown University) and William B. Bonvillian (MIT) remind us... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 22, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment  Technology Transfer 
The 2009 Clean Tech Open
A group of California-based entrepreneurs are getting very serious about building a new green economy. They’ve recently announced a major expansion of the Clean Tech Open, a four-year old business plan competition that has supported innovation in California’s Clean Tech sector.This year’s Open has expanded... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 30, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 
Greening Our Economy
Some have predicted that cleantech will be the next dot-com boom. That is a possibility, but involvement from the federal government is tricky.  Here is the lead: Making what is urgently needed consistent with what is needed for the long-term is not a bad idea. The... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 02, 2009
Category:  Energy  Environment 

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