This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Government Funding Bill Passes

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to temporarily fund the federal government--without taking action against President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. The move comes just ahead of the formal conclusion of the 113th Congress. Members of the House left Washington late last week after passing the funding bill and the Senate is expected to wrap things up later today. The 114th Congress is scheduled to convene on January 6, 2015.Read More >

It’s a Wrap: 2014 Sees Rapid Growth in Demand for Better Research and Policy

The past year brought us a number of developments on the entrepreneurship front including a new collection of research and reports, like the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Cromnibus, Immigration and Stupidity

Several hot-button issues come into focus this week in Washington: the “CRomnibus” and the government shutdown, President Obama’s executive order on immigration and the “stupidity of the American voter” in passing the Affordable Care Act -- as well as drones, cybersecurity, the future of nuclear energy and retirement security.Read More >

Occupational Licensing: Another Hurdle for Prospective Entrepreneurs

Licensing limits the supply of practitioners in certain fields, thereby shifting the power from consumers to suppliers. Read More >

Grassroots Manufacturing Renaissance Spurs Entrepreneurship

Among the most visible new movements of late is the maker movement, a bottom-up force representing the latest inspiration for students to pursue learning and applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).Read More >

Bringing Together the “Tucked” and “Untucked” Shirts

Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week brings new insights and learnings for those of us trying to better understand entrepreneurialism and how policymakers can best foster it. This year, we closed with a view of the value it brings to orderly governments witnessing the productivity of a creative and messy class of entrepreneurs. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Immigration Battle Threatens Another Shutdown

Members of Congress return to Washington this week and partisan resentment over President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform has some thinking that Republicans and Democrats will wage another spending battle with yet another threat of a federal government shutdown.Read More >

Bottom Up Approach to Entrepreneurship Resonating in City Halls

Earlier this fall, we unveiled a couple of subtle changes to the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship including increased attention to developments at the state and local level. In a recent blog post for, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Dane Stangler, who leads the Kauffman Foundation's Research and Policy program, cover a few important strategies to spur entrepreneurial growth in a city. Read More >

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Congress Breaks for Thanksgiving Recess

After a brief return to Washington following the midterm elections earlier this month, Members of Congress have returned home this week for Thanksgiving recess. Read More >

Global Entrepreneurship Week Comes to a Close -- Or Does It?

As it has for each November since 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week has unleashed a huge ground swell of events and competitions around the world, raising awareness and rallying support for entrepreneurs along with the polices and programs that help them start and scale new firms. But while the cacophony has begun to fade, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the momentum generated during GEW continues to resonate well into the coming year.Read More >