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Non-Competes Hindering Job Creation and Growth

The formation of new companies accounts for nearly all net new job creation, but state non-compete agreements — if strictly enforced — can make it harder for people to start those companies. According to Re-thinking Non-Competes: Unlock Talent to Seed Growth, a new Entrepreneurship Policy Digest released by the Kauffman Foundation, state enforcement of non-compete agreements is restricting highly skilled workers from moving in and out of new jobs and/or from starting their own businesses, thus hindering job creation and economic growth.

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Jason Wiens
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Workforce 
Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Request for Proposals

The 2014-2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program's Request for Proposals is available online, and proposals are being accepted now through Sept. 10, 2014.

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Mark Marich
on June 30, 2014
Entrepreneur-led Education of Tomorrow’s Risk-Takers
Those who know about entrepreneurship education in the United States know of Ewing Marion Kauffman. Kauffman was a philanthropist in Kansas City who sought to enable generations to create wealth, value and jobs by encouraging and preparing them to take the entrepreneurial path. Are entrepreneurs following his example? I note today the work of another entrepreneur, Dr. Ir. Ciputra, who is busy with a similar mission in Indonesia.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on May 05, 2014
Local Entrepreneurs Lead to Long-term Growth

A pair of recently released reports by the Kauffman Foundation focus on efforts at the local level to create jobs and build long-term economic growth. When viewed alongside one another, the message to policymakers seems clear -- focus on nurturing local entrepreneurs over attracting out-of-state firms with financial incentives. 

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Mark Marich
on April 28, 2014
Category:  General 
U.S. Entrepreneurial Activity Drops for Second Straight Year

'Necessity entrepreneurship' isn't a phenomenon that occurs only in emerging economies and countries reeling from natural disasters like the Philippines -- it happens here in the U.S. as well. And as the overall health of the economy improves, the number of individuals engaged in entrepreneurial activity as a way to 'make ends meet' continues to drop. This shift away from being self-employed contributed to a drop in business creation rates for a second straight year.

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Mark Marich
on April 21, 2014
Category:  General 
Surviving the Entrepreneurial Life

A new series released by Kauffman Founders School tackles the issue of work-life balance with insights from Meg Cadoux Hirshberg, an Inc.com columnist and author of the award-winning book For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families which draws on her experiences when she was helping her husband build his company and on her hundreds of interviews with entrepreneurs and their families.

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Mark Marich
on March 03, 2014
Category:  General 
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 
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 
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 
Stanford Professor Wins Kauffman Prize Medal for Entrepreneurship
Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford University, was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship for his exploration of management practices, firm organization, innovation and technology and uncertainty. [More]
Mark Marich
on January 13, 2014
Category:  Education 

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