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Sargeant Confirmed as Chief Counsel for SBA Advocacy

After serving as the Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration for more than a year, Winslow Sargeant was finally confirmed by the Senate on Friday, November 18. Tom Sullivan, who served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy from 2002- 2008, applauds the confirmation in a recent blog post (reposted with permission):

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Restoring US Competitiveness

Earlier this year, the Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI) published a report on restoring U.S. competitiveness which outlined several strategies to boost innovation and entrepreneurship. The strategies, including a simplified version of Sarbanes-Oxley for small firms, a permanent R&D tax credit, and a ‘free agency’ model for technology transfer, are at the heart of a series of forums held by CPPI to explore policies that would encourage new firm formation and growth.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Kauffman Foundation to Award Junior Faculty Fellowship Grants

The Kauffman Foundation today released a formal call for nominations and will again award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Canada on the Rise

According to a recent index released by Forbes, many policy changes have made Canada the best country for business. The index evaluates countries on property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. Canada jumped three spots from the 2010 survey, getting high marks for Personal Freedom (#1), Red Tape (#3), Investor Protection (#5) and Trade Freedom (#7). It also had a noticeable improvement in its tax ranking—thanks largely to a “Harmonized Sales Tax” and reduced corporate and employee tax rates. Is this resulting in a better climate for Startups?

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 28, 2011
Category:  Global 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

With the House & Senate both in Washington this week, several hearings are scheduled that caught our attention, including a review by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs on outstanding proposals to spur job growth through capital formation.

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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill 
A Look Back at Innovation Daily

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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Mark Marich
on November 28, 2011
Powered by the Millennial Generation

The world economy has disappointed this year with its jobless recovery and continuing financial instability. Clearly, the country needs more entrepreneurs. A recent poll in the U.S. shows that those ages 18-34--the so-called “Millennial Generation”--are that entrepreneurial bunch. Fifty-four percent of “millennials” either want to start a business or already have started one. And judging by last week’s vibrant Global Entrepreneurship Week, this seems to be a global phenomenon and one driven by people who want to do good and do well.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Global 
Diaspreneurship

Diasporans are natural bridges between cultures and systems, but their diplomatic and developmental potential remains largely untapped. During Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington DC, the U.S. Department of State, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Kauffman Foundation and Univision Networks hosted Unleashing IdEA to develop ideas for harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of diaspora communities.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Global  Immigration 
'Learn to Earn Act' Introduced

While hundreds of US colleges, universities and high schools were celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA, a new bill was introduced to Congress that encourages participation in entrepreneurship education programs. Sponsored by Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa, the 'Learn to Earn Act of 2011' seeks to create incentives for states and local school districts to implement high-quality entrepreneurship programs in communities all across the country.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Capitol Hill  Education 
NSBA: It's Not Easy Being Green

A new report from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) profiles a handful of small firms developing new clean energy technologies--and outlines the challenges they face. Beyond the technological obstacles navigated by every innovative firm in the industry, as well continued uncertainty over the national and global economies, the authors argue that the profiled firms were challenged by the lack of a national energy policy.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Energy  Environment 

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