PDE-News (3/8/11): The Gift of Arab Youth

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. Read more…>>http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/The-Gift-of-Arab-Youth.aspx

From the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Blog
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. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/US-Startup-Activity-Remains-Steady.aspx

Patents and Innovative Entrepreneurship
Innovation is the lifeblood for many entrepreneurial ventures. As William Baumol has written, innovative inventors help to push our economies forward in “revolutionary” ways, helping us to stay competitive and bring new ideas to the marketplace. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/Patents-and-Innovative-Entrepreneurship.aspx

Thoughts on Bernanke’s Testimony
This week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered his semiannual monetary update (also known as the Humphrey-Hawkins report) to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the House Committee on Financial Services. Entrepreneurs, like everyone else, are interested in getting the economy moving again. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/Thoughts-on-Bernankes-Testimony.aspx

Want to Grow Your Company? Export
I was shocked to learn that only 1 percent of American companies export their products. More shocking still, of those companies that export, 58 percent of those companies export to only one country. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/Want-to-Grow-Your-Company-Export.aspx

The Federal Budget Debate: To Shut Down Or Not To Shut Down
When you talk to anyone in government this week, one word is on everyone’s mind: “shutdown.” The federal government is already setting up contingency plans on what it will do if the Congress cannot agree on a new continuing resolution by March 4. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/The-Federal-Budget-Debate.aspx

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy
A heavier schedule for the House than the Senate in the week ahead, including hearings on immigration & jobs, the rising cost of employer-based health care, and the tax system’s impact on job creation. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/This-Week-in-Entrepreneurship-Policy-030711.aspx

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 from last week. Read more…>> http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/Blogs/Policy-Forum-Blog/2011/March/A-Look-Back-at-Innovation-Daily-0107.aspx