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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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Posted by: 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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Posted by: 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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
Insights for an Entrepreneurial City
Metropolitan entrepreneurship issues are the focus of two new Kauffman Foundation reports released last week at the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 25, 2013
Category:  General 
Colorado at Center of High-Tech Job Creation

Granted, Silicon Valley has the sheer volume, but when it comes to the density of high-tech startups you have to look to Boulder--and Fort Collins--and Denver--and Colorado Springs. A new report that contrasts the job creation dynamics in the innovative tech sector against the entire private sector ranks the top 10 metro areas for high-tech startup density and Colorado dominates the list.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on August 19, 2013
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
KC Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Not Money

High-growth entrepreneurs in Kansas City have a lot going for them—Google Fiber, the Kansas City Startup Village, 1 Million Cups and access to an array of programs and resources from the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation. Still, more can be done to boost the region’s already dynamic startup scene and help young companies thrive.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 22, 2013
Category:  General 
Southeastern U.S. Breeding Ground of Companies That 'Matter'

Each year, 552,000 employer firms open in the U.S. and a fairly stable percentage grow rapidly to become companies that ‘matter.’ According to a new paper from Kauffman Foundation senior fellow Paul Kedrosky, anywhere from 125 to 250 U.S. companies per year reach $100 million in revenues—the first of three criteria that he uses to determine if they matter. In addition to being scalable, the firms must be able to generate jobs quickly and broadly and they must be disproportionate creators of wealth (through profits and salaries as well as through equity). So where do most of these firms emerge?

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on May 13, 2013
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Economic Confidence On the Rise

Last week, confidence on Wall Street was sent soaring to all-time highs following the April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor—employers added 165,000 jobs for the month and unemployment fell to its lowest point since the end of 2008. The confidence of entrepreneurs is on the rise as well according to the latest Startup Confidence Index.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on May 06, 2013
Category:  General 
Jobs Up Entrepreneurial Activity Down

As the unemployment rate fell in 2012, another economic indicator dropped too: the overall business creation rate. According to the annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity released recently, the 2012 rate declined slightly from 0.32 percent of American adults per month starting businesses in 2011 to 0.30 percent in 2012.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on April 22, 2013
Category:  General 
‘Leaning In’ to Encourage Women Entrepreneurs

The Kauffman Foundation recently announced a partnership with Lean In, a nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg that is committed to offering women encouragement and support to achieve their goals—specifically to help cultivate more balanced teams and more female leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on March 25, 2013
Category:  General 

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