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Commerce Dept. Announces $10 Million in Innovation Grants

Last August, the Department of Commerce announced it would be giving out $10 million in funding through its i6 Challenge program and Seed Fund Support Grants. Today, it unveiled the 25 awardees through the two programs -- both part of the Economic Development Administration's Regional Innovation Strategies -- designed to advance innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the United States.

2016 State of Entrepreneurship Address


Congressman Steve Chabot, chairman of the House Committee on Small Business -- and occasional guest blogger for the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship -- will headline the Kauffman Foundation's seventh annual State of Entrepreneurship Address next week at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Warns State on Licensing Laws

Kauffman Foundation Policy Director Jason Wiens submitted written testimony to the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy in Sacramento, Calif. Wiens’ testimony focused on the barriers that occupational licensing poses to new business formation—a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: President Obama’s Final Budget

This week, President Obama will release his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and administration officials are scheduled to testify on it at a number of committee hearings on both sides of Capitol Hill. Jack Lew, Secretary of Treasury, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, all make appearances in hearings this week.

The Kauffman Foundation Testifies about the Barriers Occupational Licensing Poses to Entrepreneurs

Jason Wiens, Policy Director at the Kauffman Foundation, provided testimony to the California Little Hoover Commission on the barriers occupational licensing poses to entrepreneurship.

New Development Strategies Borrow from Innovation Hubs

Remember the Washington Consensus? After years of false starts and dead ends in solving development challenges, new formulas now incorporate bold entrepreneurial components. The result is that for the first time in many decades, ending extreme poverty is less of an elusive goal.

State Licensing Laws and Their Impact on New Business Formation

Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation, will be providing testimony later this week for a California state commission about how occupational licensing laws can stifle startups and prevent them from reaching their full potential.

The Taxing Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Tax incentives do not create new jobs because young, high-growth firms begun by entrepreneurs create jobs. Entrepreneurs beginning young, high growth firms care less about tax breaks than they do for proximity to talent, capital and the amenities of urban living.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: Snowzilla Slows Committee Hearings

The winter storm that shut down Washington, DC, this weekend may be over but the city is still digging out – and Congress is taking another snow day or two.  A number of hearings scheduled for the early part of the week have been postponed until further notice. At this time, there are a few budget-related hearings that are still on the calendar for the week ahead but those are subject to postponement as well depending on the city's cleanup efforts.

2016 U.S. Federal Budget Bodes Well for Innovation

In recent years, research universities across the country have faced squeezed public financial support as the agencies that channel funds through them, like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dealt with sequestration and the 2013 cuts in federal government funding. So what does the $1.5 trillion spending measure that passed in Congress in December mean for scientific research and the so-called innovation deficit in the United States?