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Legislation Introduced Impacting Startups and Small Businesses

Within the last month, ten pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress that have a direct impact on entrepreneurs and small business owners. Below is a quick look at those bills, along with the sponsoring member.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Fernandez Stepping Down at EDA

John Fernandez, U.S. Commerce Department Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, will leave his post at the end of the week and return to the private sector.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
Entrepreneurs Optimistic About 2012

While economics bloggers are apparently a consistently gloomy bunch, it seems to make sense that entrepreneurs are by nature a bit more optimistic—tackling risk head on in pursuit of their dreams and ideas. That was the gist of the first Startup Confidence Index released recently by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  General 
Sweden’s Young Innovators Need Entrepreneurs Too

Sweden is not waiting for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress next month to devise its strategy for building a strong startup ecosystem. While “number of patents” is only one metric to measure innovation, Sweden thinks it is one of the most important. The 2011 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII)—developed by the INSEAD eLab which takes into account dimensions such as creativity and efficiency—ranks Sweden second of 125 economies. For the Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012, Sweden came in third position. And, in Thomson Reuters’ “Global Innovators” list, Sweden is the headquarters location of 6 percent of the list’s companies.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 27, 2012
Category:  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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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  General 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy

Budgets for FY 2013 are starting to get a look on Capitol Hill this week. Two hearings held by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology are of particular interest. On Tuesday, the budget for the National Science Foundation is being presented. Later in the week, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu walks through the Department of Energy R&D budget.

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Mark Marich
on February 27, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
POPVOX Shines Spotlight on Startups

A new startup aimed at engaging the American public in the legislative process is shining a light on a handful of bills that could have a direct impact on entrepreneurship throughout the US.

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
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 February 13, 2012
Category:  General 
Helping Startups Cross the 'Valley of Death'

A proposed permanent exemption to capital gains taxes on investments in startups could help new high-growth firms thrive and create jobs. According to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, an exemption on investments in startups held for at least five years could spur $750 million in additional seed investment and help them survive the ‘Valley of Death’—moving from concept to prototype.

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill  Tax Code 
This Week in Entrepreneurship Policiy

President Obama’s overall proposed budget for FY 2013 is the highlight for a number of hearings in the week ahead, including the Budget Committees on both sides of the Capitol. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology drills down a bit and takes a look at the dollars for federal research & development. Meanwhile, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce examines employment trends in ‘Where the Jobs Are.’

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Mark Marich
on February 13, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 

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