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Promoting Micro-Multinational Entrepreneurs

In 2014, over 190,000 US entrepreneurs and small businesses exported to consumers on at least four continents. That is an absolutely astounding figure when you consider that the US Commerce Department reports that less than 1 percent of all businesses in America export. For the first time in history, nearly every entrepreneur and small business can use technology to reap the benefits of trade on a global scale, an opportunity traditionally open to only the largest multinational corporations. We are entering the age of micro-multinationals.

How Entrepreneurs Access Capital and Get Funded

An array of policies aim to support entrepreneurs through grants and tax breaks that make capital more easily attainable. However, entrepreneurs most often turn to two forms of private external financing: debt and equity.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Access to Capital Programs in SBA

Since taking over the House Committee on Small Business, Congressman Steve Chabot has pressed the Small Business Administration to evaluate its programs to support entrepreneurs – and to increase access to capital.

Debt Dominates Entrepreneurial Funding; Venture Capitalists Account for Less than 1 Percent of Financing

An array of federal, state and local policies aim to support entrepreneurs through grants and tax breaks that make capital more easily attainable. However, entrepreneurs most often turn to two forms of private external financing: debt and equity.

3 Ways Student Debt Can Affect Millennial Entrepreneurs

Kauffman researcher Arnobio Morelix explores the ways in which student debt can affect millennial entrepreneurs

More Angels, Fewer Angel Investments in 2014

Following a promising 2013, the total amount of angel investment dropped 2.8 percent last year according to $24.1 billion. However, two figures increased – active investors and ventures funded.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Going Global from Day One

Any entrepreneur can tell you that a startup is essentially global from day one. With a low barrier of entry, global traffic and millions of customers shopping online each day, eBay has become more than a simple auction site for used good -- more than 90 percent of U.S. small businesses on the platform now export.

Experiments in Entrepreneurship: Supplemental Entrepreneurs and the Etsy Economy

Kauffman researcher Emily Fetsch studies how entrepreneurship can act as supplemental income and provide financial security, especially for low- and middle-income entrepreneurs.

Angel Investors Active in Great Lakes

A couple weeks ago, we took a look at a few states that were pursuing tax credits to help promote angel investing. Policymakers in those states may want to take a closer look at the Great Lakes region where angel groups invested more dollars than anywhere else in the country.

Startup Dos and Don’ts for Finding Venture Capital

New Kauffman Founders School video series teaches entrepreneurs how to find, approach and negotiate with venture capitalists to secure funding that matches their business needs.