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This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
The recurring snowstorms last week and the President's Day work period combined for a quiet couple weeks on Capitol Hill -- no relevant hearings or meetings are currently scheduled.  [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Multiagency Initiative to Create Energy-Related Regional Innovation Cluster
Seven federal agencies will work together to leverage funding and resources to promote regional growth through an Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC). The E-RIC will work to disseminate new technologies into the local marketplace and share best practices with the public and private sectors. The cluster... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Skepticism about Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan
An article in today’s Washington Independent, “Obama’s Small Business Lending Plan Meets Skepticism,” lays out concerns with the President’s plan to make $30 billion in repaid TARP funds available for small banks to lend to small businesses. “There’s little indication that these banks need the money — or that... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 
The Untapped Potential of Research Universities
Everyone surely owns an innovative product that has its roots in a university lab, or knows someone that has benefited from the presence of start-ups that formed through the dissemination of knowledge and technologies from the university to the marketplace. Universities have been the lifeblood... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 15, 2010
Category:  Technology Transfer 
Lack of Female Entrepreneurs: A Societal Failure
Vivek Wadhwa recently discussed why women are so poorly represented in tech and other high-growth businesses in Boy's Club: The Dearth of Female Entrepreneurs. Wadhwa argues that the lack of female entrepreneurs is a societal failure, citing evidence that men and women entrepreneurs are similar in... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Highlights from House Science and Technology Agenda
On January 19, Rep. Bart Gordon announced the 2010 legislative agenda for the House Committee on Science and Technology. Innovation and energy and STEM education lead the priorities list.As part of its effort to maintain U.S. competitiveness through innovation, the Committee plans to work on... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education  Technology Transfer 
Race and Entrepreneurial Success
Why do Asian American-owned businesses do well in comparison to white-owned businesses, and why do African American-owned firms do poorly in relation to both? Economics professor Robert W. Fairlie and Kauffman senior research fellow Alicia M. Robb explore these issues in Race and Entrepreneurial Success:... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 10, 2010
Category:  General 
Rationalize Our Immigration System
In the hopes to continue a much-needed conversation on how to revamp the economy, this week I would like to highlight another policy recommendation that emerged from the Kauffman Foundation’s State of Entrepreneurship address: reform immigration policy to attract migrants who want to start new companies... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on February 08, 2010
Michigan Prioritizes Entrepreneurship
During her State of the State address, Gov. Jennifer Granholm laid out initiatives to help entrepreneurs. One of these initiatives involves entrepreneurship training through the expansion of the FastTrac program being offered at Detroit's TechTown. The FastTrac program, a national effort by the Kauffman Foundation... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Workforce 
A Look at Obama's Plan for Small Business
Within the past week President Obama outlined several proposals to help small business create jobs: $30 billion of federal bailout funds redirected to community banks to lend to small business Tax credits for new hires and wage increases Elimination of capital-gains tax on investments in small business Tax incentives... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on February 08, 2010
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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