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Forum on Job Creation

On March 16, the House Republican leadership hosted a forum on job creation with business leaders from across the country discussing the obstacles to growing their companies.  Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, “We believe that you need to listen to those who are willing to take a risk and bet on America.”  He added that we should ensure that we best position our country for entrepreneurship.  Speaker of the House John Boehner said that many Americans continue to ask, “Where are the jobs?”

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Anonymous
on March 17, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
Startup Visa Act of 2011

America needs more startups, especially those which might someday grow into high-impact, high-growth firms. Despite adding over one million net new jobs in 2010, the U.S. has over 7 million fewer nonfarm payroll employees today than at the end of 2007 when the recession began. Research from the Kauffman Foundation and others support this notion, with startups accounting for most of the net new jobs in the economy and adding new vitality to the marketplace.

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Anonymous
on March 16, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily (Mar. 08-15)

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: Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home (TechCrunch)...

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Mark Marich
on March 15, 2011
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy Mar. 15

A few hearings in the Senate focused on federal R&D and clean energy and jobs are in store for the remainder of the week, while the House looks at the SBA budget, SBIR and other issues.

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Mark Marich
on March 15, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
New Leadership in Italy

While entrepreneurs can be found anywhere, I take particular interest in what the most populous countries are doing to comb their citizens for entrepreneurs. Italy is the sixth most populous country in Europe, and the twenty-third most populous in the world. It also has the world's seventh-largest nominal GDP. Unfortunately, it also has the sixth highest government budget and a large public deficit, such that the economic confidence crisis in the Euro zone that sparked in Greece put a spotlight on Italy´s economy, which faces similar insolvency risk. With Italy´s public debt around 120 percent of GDP and growing, policy options are increasingly constrained. Fortunately, spurring entrepreneurship is not necessarily expensive (although it does take political commitment) and is a proven source of economic energy.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on March 14, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 
Goal of Doubling U.S. Exports

The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. trade balance widened somewhat in January, with the country importing $46.3 billion more than it exported. While exports of goods and services continue to rise, import growth is outstripping it right now. Ideally, we would like to have our net exports expand...

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Anonymous
on March 11, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
SBIR/STTR Reauthorization

On March 9, the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee reviewed the “SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011” (S.493). It would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the next eight years.

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Anonymous
on March 10, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
Goolsbee at NABE

Austan Goolsbee, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, addressed the members of the NABE at their annual policy conference in Arlington, Virginia discussed the dramatic steps taken by policymakers to tackle the economic crisis.

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Anonymous
on March 8, 2011
Category:  Digesting DC 
The Gift of Arab Youth

We do not have to puzzle long over what ignited the Arab Youth to take over the streets calling for reforms in their governments. The protests have been against long tyrannies, unemployment and have been fueled by the power of social media. The act that triggered the pro-democracy movement in many Arab countries, the self-immolation of a Tunisian in protest over the confiscation of his fruit stand, shows that the events of late are also an uprising against anti-entrepreneurial barriers. Clearly, protesters have issued a call to Arab leaders to not stifle the innovative aspirations of their people--especially the younger generation--which leaders themselves have armed through education and who are now impatient to put their education to good use.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on March 08, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty  Global 
U.S. Startup Activity Remains Steady

During the Great Recession, more Americans have become entrepreneurs than at any time in the past 15 years. However, while the economy and its high unemployment rates may have pressed more individuals into business ownership, most of them are going it alone, rather than starting companies that employ others...

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Mark Marich
on March 08, 2011
Category:  Growth & Poverty 

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