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Entrepreneurs’ Confidence Growing, But Still Skeptical on National Growth

When asked about the state of the national economy, a majority of startup business owners do not see it growing in the next 12 months—22 percent expect it to remain pretty much the same while another 34 percent expect it to worsen. The numbers on consumer demand are similar. Not surprisingly, 63 percent said that they had no plans to hire additional employees.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Small Businesses Want Simpler Tax Codes, Regulations & Licensing Requirements

U.S. small business owners don’t necessarily think that high taxes are the biggest barrier to their success—but the complexity of the tax code is a different story. The plea for simplification continued into the area of regulations and licensing requirements.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
What Next for Startup Weekenders?

The next two weekends will see thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs working frantically in more than 130 cities at Startup Weekend events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Posted by: Anonymous
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

The last several weeks of campaigning are finally (and thankfully for most of us) coming to a close with tomorrow’s election. Various polls have the presidential race as too close to call—not surprisingly, both campaigns are predicting victory. You can create and share your own predictions or just follow along tomorrow on CNN’s electoral map. If you are an avid election night junkie like all of us in Washington and want to track the battle to control Congress, we suggest Real Clear Politics maps for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Global Entrepreneurship Week On the Horizon

Tomorrow, roughly 100 million Americans will cast their vote for one of two men who have stressed the importance of entrepreneurs and of course, small business to the country—and claimed to be the best candidate to empower them. Meanwhile, one week from today, policymakers, researchers and millions of nascent entrepreneurs in 130 countries will be taking matters into their own hands through a collection of 40,000 events, activities and competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General  Global 
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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 05, 2012
Category:  General 
Stockholm, Singapore, SF Top Cities for Startups & Business

Two new studies hit recently that take a look at the best cities around the world for startups and business opportunities. Fortune magazine went on a search for “cities that share the San Francisco Bay Area’s potent combination of creativity and capitalism” and came up with seven up-and-comers to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, Business Insider looked for “a city’s comprehensive potential for business across ten economic indicators” that range from intellectual capital to natural environment and identified 27 heavyweights (predominantly in the world’s largest cities).

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 29, 2012
Category:  Global 
Reforms Put New Firms on the Rise Around the World

A new survey funded by the Kauffman Foundation suggests that most economies are recovering from the sharp drops in new firm registration triggered by the 2008 global financial crisis. The improvement may very well likely been bolstered by government reforms, according to the analysis of new World Bank data.

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 29, 2012
Category:  Global 
A Look Back at Entrepreneurship 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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Posted by: Mark Marich
on October 29, 2012
Category:  General 
What's Next for Finland?

One of the major supporters of DEMO Africa and LIONS@frica with me in Nairobi last week was Nokia. As I took a look at just how much innovation Nokia has created, I was curious to look further into the current startup culture in its home country of Finland and see just how important high-growth entrepreneurship is to its economy.

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Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on October 29, 2012
Category:  General 

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