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Small Business Owners Stubbornly Cautious
One index that PDE has tracked over the years is the Small Business Optimism Index put out by the National Federation of Independent Business. For the last few years, there hasn't been much reason for celebration -- and that trend continues with the latest Index showing a further dip of 0.6 points in December. [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Red Tape  Tax Code  Workforce 
Tunisia’s Tipping Point

Last Friday, as I was meeting in my office in Washington, DC with Nazeh Ben Ammar, President of the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, now the former president of Tunisia, was fleeing his country. As my guest awaited word on when the airport would re-open and Lufthansa would be permitted to return him home to his family in Tunis, we talked about his country, entrepreneurship and a new generation of youth in the Arab region.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 18, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Jan. 10 - 16)

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week:

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 17, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The recently convened 112th Congress slowly rolls into action while Washington continues to deal with the aftershocks of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 17, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily Jan. 04-10

Each day, Innovation Daily checks the pulse of global innovation-- courtesy of Innovation America. Here, we take a look at a handful of relevant stories it compiled last week: New Gold: Mining for Entrepreneurs (The Economist)...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 10, 2011
Category:  General 
America COMPETES Signed by President

Last week, President Obama signed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010—continuing efforts to improve US economic competitiveness by supporting basic research and improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to better prepare the future workforce.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 10, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Entrepreneurship in 2011

Given the momentum gained in 2010 to get policymakers thinking about entrepreneurship, it is reasonable to expect that America’s commitment to entrepreneurship will grow, especially once we see that commitment translated into concrete policy action. Of course, the hope is that those policy actions will be the right ones—inspiring confidence, building up decision-making around risk-taking and investing, spurring new enterprises built on innovative products and services, and along with it, job creation. With that sense of optimism, comes the vision of a global economy finally starting to shake free from a global crisis.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on January 10, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Kauffman Awards Dissertation Fellowships

Fifteen doctoral students across the country were recently awarded fellowships to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program annually recognizes...

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Posted by: Anonymous
on January 10, 2011
NYU Researcher Gets Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research

Alexander Ljungqvist, Ph.D., won the 2011 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. The Ira Rennert Chair of Finance and Entrepreneurship at New York University, Ljungqvist is an expert in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity. His research includes financial intermediation, investment banking, initial public offerings, behavioral corporate finance and corporate governance.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on January 10, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy (Jan. 10)

The 112th Congress officially convened in Washington last week. As the Republicans rise to majority status in the House, they assume control of Congressional committee chairmanships relevant to innovation and entrepreneurship policy, including:

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Posted by: Anonymous
on January 10, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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