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Necessity Entrepreneurs Not Enough for Philippines

Entrepreneurship evangelists often see their work in some parts of the world as a war on poverty. This week, President Barack Obama will visit Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III as part of his Asian tour. While the Philippines is the second-best performing economy in Asia, growing at an average of 6 percent since 2012, poverty incidence affects more than 20 percent of its population. For President Aquino, now is the time to look beyond necessity-driven entrepreneurship and address his country’s challenges in helping high-growth firms start and scale.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on April 21, 2014
Category:  Global 
President Obama, King Mohammed and… Startups in Morocco
Next week, King Mohammed VI of Morocco is visiting President Obama in Washington, DC, on the heels of an announcement that his Majesty’s government will convene an entrepreneurship summit in 2014 with the U.S. Government. Morocco has much to gain from its new partnership with the United States around startups.
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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 11, 2013
Category:  Global 
Gulf States Focus on New Starts

At the Global Entrepreneurial Summit (GES) in Dubai last week, it was clear to me that there is a new level of engagement in developing more entrepreneurial economies at the highest levels of government in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The summit, a collaboration between the U.A.E. Prime Minister’s office and the Obama Administration, was an effort to leverage U.S. strengths in high growth entrepreneurship. Now that the summit is over, we take a look at the challenges before policymakers in the region in making the path easier for even more nascent entrepreneurs to succeed in the future.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 17, 2012
Category:  Global 
GEW Shows Us A Glass Half Full

Everywhere you look in the media these days you see alleged signs of impending economic doom—from the ‘financial cliff’ threatening  to punish United States policymakers if they can’t reach agreement soon to the Eurozone crisis with the Greek economy on the edge of collapse. Certainly all very troubling, but it is only one side of the coin. For the past 10 days, I have seen the other side—a side full of hope and promise thanks to a burgeoning movement to embrace entrepreneurship.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 19, 2012
Category:  Global 
Small Biz Owners Optimistic?

As the White House fine tunes its messaging for the upcoming State of the Union Address, small business owners are starting to feel a bit more confident about the economic outlook, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. A commonly used phrase in the NFIB work last year was ‘stubbornly cautious’. However, the new numbers show continued growth in optimism--the December figures were positive for the fourth consecutive month.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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