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NSBA on Small Business Energy Efficiency
The National Small Business Association (NSBA) released a new report on energy efficiency, “On-Bill Financing:  Helping Small Business Reduce Emissions and Energy Use While Improving Profitability.” The report argues that small business could collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 259 million tons each year if... [More]
on September 21, 2009
Category:  Energy  General 
Seed Capital, Entrepreneurs and Economic Recovery
Last week, I participated in the NASVF Annual Conference inOklahoma City where experts discussed again how to ensure that creditcrunches do not negatively impact start-up performance.The goodnews is that those gathering at this conference started from a commonappreciation that entrepreneurship cannot be on the sidelines ofeconomic and... [More]
on September 21, 2009
This Week in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy
Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Finance - Open Executive Session"Business meeting to consider an original bill providing for health care reform."9:00 a.m.Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216   [more info]  Tuesday, September 22, 2009Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Roundtable"Small Business... [More]
on September 21, 2009
Category:  General 
Developments in Washington from the Perspective of Small Businesses
PDE staff participated in a Virtual Summit organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Our report of the event follows:On September 15, the NFIB held a Virtual Summit featuring interesting debates on the impact of health care reform proposals and the state of... [More]
on September 16, 2009
Category:  General  Health Care 
Matching Youth Unemployment with Entrepreneurship
Youth unemployment rates are soaring worldwide. That rate recently reached 15% in the UK, a record 25.5% in the U.S., and much higher numbers in other countries whereeconomic growth and opportunity have long failed to keep pace with thegrowing number of young people entering the labor force. However, youthunemployment... [More]
on September 14, 2009
Category:  General  Global 
Fernandez confirmed at EDA
President Obama's selection to head the Economic Development Administration, John Fernandez, was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate. The following is a press release issued by the Commerce Department: JOHN R. FERNANDEZ CONFIRMED AS U.S. ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTWASHINGTON -- U.S. Commerce Secretary... [More]
on September 11, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Building Blocks of Innovation
PDE staff attended today a briefing on education and immigration hosted by the Council for American Medical Innovation. Our report of the event follows:At a Capitol Hill briefing titled "Education & Immigration: Building Blocks of Innovation," the Council for American Medical Innovation President Debra Lappin... [More]
on September 10, 2009
Category:  Education  Immigration 
'Doing Business' Rankings Stimulating Reform
The overview of the Doing Business Report 2010 is now available. Since 2004, the World Bank’s Doing Business project has been tracking regulatory reforms in 10 areas of business regulation that record the time and cost to meet government requirements in starting and operating a... [More]
on September 10, 2009
Category:  General 
US Falls in Global Competitiveness Rankings
The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010, an assessment of the productive potential of nations worldwide, is now available. Switzerland tops the overall competitiveness rankings, followed by the United States. The U.S. fell to second position after several years at the top of the... [More]
on September 09, 2009
Category:  General 
Small Businesses FAQs
The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy released its annual update to its “Frequently Asked Questions” document.  It estimates that there were 29.6 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2008. An estimated 627,200 new employer firms began operation in 2008, and 595,600 firms closed... [More]
on September 08, 2009
Category:  General 

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