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Unlock Entrepreneurship Through Health Care Reform
As the president of the Public Forum Institute, I have been actively engaged in health care economics for more than 15 years. After facilitating hundreds of town halls aimed at finding common ground, I can attest that whoever leads the charge makes as many enemies... [More]
on May 18, 2009
Category:  Health Care 
The Mind of an Entrepreneur
How do entrepreneurs think about themselves? A recent study from Australia offers some insights. "Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Action in New Venture Development" considers the motivations and attitudes of entrepreneurs in explaining their actions both before and after the launch of a new venture. The study... [More]
on May 18, 2009
Category:  General 
The Week Ahead in Entrepreneurship Policy
Monday, May 18, 2009 House Energy and Commerce - Full Committee Markup"American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009 Markup"01:00 PM2123 Rayburn House Office Building[more info] Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Senate Appropriations - Energy and Water Development Subcommittee - Hearing"Hearings to examine funding and oversight... [More]
on May 18, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Senate Hearing Addresses Small Business Financing
PDE staff were on hand earlier this week for a hearing of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Our report of the hearing--Small Busniess Financing: Progress Report on Recovery Act Implementation and Alternative Sources of Financing--follows: In her first appearance before the U.S. Senate... [More]
on May 15, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Economic Stimulus and Small Business
What do the new economic stimulus measures mean for America’s small business owners? A new e-book from takes a closer look.The report provides three perspectives on what the changing world of Washington may mean for small business owners. With billions of dollars in new... [More]
on May 14, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Energy  Health Care  Tax Code  Workforce 
The FY2010 Budget Request
The FY2010 budget request (i.e. the Appendix) is finally out. Here are some details about the President’s allocations for science and technology and small businesses.The Budget provides a 16-percent increase over 2008 funding levels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and similarly large increases for... [More]
on May 12, 2009
Have We Oversold the Role of Venture Capital?
There has been much debate lately over the benefits and drawbacks of venture capital-backed firms being eligible to receive SBIR awards. This week, I take a look at the role that the VC industry has played in entrepreneurial growth. Here is the lead:There has been... [More]
on May 11, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
USA National Innovation Marketplace
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently unveiled a great new resource designed to link inventors with potential investors and business partners. The National Innovation Marketplace was developed in cooperation with Planet Eureka!, a private consultancy. The site, still in beta format,... [More]
on May 11, 2009
Category:  Technology Transfer 
Agencies Encouraged to Use Recovery Funds on Innovative Small Businesses
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., wrote on Thursday (05/07/2009) to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement, urging them... [More]
on May 08, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  Technology Transfer 
A Plan for Saving Capital Markets
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has recently released its recommendations to restore liquidity in the American VC industry and create a vibrant IPO environment once the overall economy stabilizes. The NVCA’s recommendations rest on four pillars: ecosystem partners, enhanced liquidity paths, tax incentives, and... [More]
on May 08, 2009

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