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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 
Regional Data Drive

June started with a lot of activity to improve measurements. At the global level, the “Metrics from the Ground Up: Measurement in Action” gathered members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in Washington, DC, to discuss common challenges and solutions for metrics and evaluation. Members include investors, capacity development providers, researchers, and entrepreneurs who represent organizations on the forefront of innovation and rigor in impact evaluation.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including explosive growth in education and crowdfunding, finding impactful federal research and development, legislation that would help biotech firms acquire capital and entrepreneurs bypassing venture capital for crowdfunding.

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Mark Marich
on June 16, 2014
Category:  General 
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 
Exploring the Impacts of Changing the Definition of 'Accredited Investors'
Last week, we highlighted the dialogue going on over the definition of an accredited investor and whether or not the SEC would raise the financial thresholds used for that definition. This week, the Angel Capital Association is hosting a webinar to examine the potential changes -- and it estimates that proposed SEC changes could eliminate as much as 60% of accredited investors. [More]
Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
A Startup Nations Network for Policymakers

Sharing the premise that all boats rise on an incoming tide, a small group of startup policy advisors has emerged to find smarter ways their governments can help new firms start, scale, create jobs and fuel economic growth. I take a look at why Startup Nations emerged and the potential impact it can have in fostering smarter decision-making on behalf of new entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 09, 2014
Category:  Global 
Startups Finding the Funding Sweet Spot

When it comes to raising capital for a startup, more is not always better. If you are looking to maximize the return on an exit though, there are a couple of "sweet spots" identified in a new report by Exitround,  which bills itself as a "private, anonymous marketplace for buyers and sellers of technology companies from the small to mid-market."

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  General 
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 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation--courtesy of Innovation America. Today we take a look at a handful of relevant stories compiled from the last week including the graying of entrepreneurship in America, the possible pitfalls of of venture capital, the link between entrepreneurship and jobs, how MOOCs are shaking up traditional education and the changing VC landscape in Wisconsin.

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Mark Marich
on June 09, 2014
Category:  General 
City Policy Levers

Cities have clearly become laboratories for startup ecosystems.  While each city faces an array of regulations imposed by national and regional levels of government, many local leaders have used smart policy levers to differentiate their cities and attract entrepreneurs. 

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Mark Marich
on June 02, 2014
Category:  Red Tape 

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