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The Endangered American Startup

Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research & Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, spoke today before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee about dwindling startup activity, its consequences, and what policymakers can do to help.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: America Without Entrepreneurs?

While discussions about the economic impact of the Brexit vote continue to reverberate around the world, the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship considers another bleak scenario – America without entrepreneurs. The Kauffman Foundation’s Dane Stangler joins Donna Harris of 1776 and John Letteiri of the Economic Innovation Group to examine the consequences of dwindling startup activity in the U.S.

NYC Tops for Women Entrepreneurs

During the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University last week, Dell announced findings of its 2016 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities) of 25 global cities fostering high potential women entrepreneurs. New York City ranks No. 1 overall among the 25 cities for its ability to attract and support women entrepreneurs with top marks in several categories, including Policy Enabling Market Access.

Louisiana Helping Startups Scale

The latest Kauffman Index on Growth Entrepreneurship showed Louisiana toward the top of its rankings of large states, thanks in part to a particularly strong trend on scale-ups. The state has the highest share of scale-ups in the U.S. -- the number of firms that started small but grew to employ fifty people or more by their tenth year of operation as a percentage of all employer firms ten years and younger. One program that seems to be contributing to that is the Economic Gardening Initiative run by Louisiana Economic Development.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: State of the Economy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen makes a couple of appearances at committee hearings on Capitol Hill this week to provide her semi-annual report on monetary policy and the state of the economy. Recently, Yellen confirmed that the Fed will gradually raise rates but a rate hike is not anticipated for July. She appears before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Tuesday and the House Committee for Financial Services on Wednesday.

Entrepreneurship Policy Done Right

Entrepreneurship is not inevitable. There needs to be smart policy that creates fertile space for entrepreneurs to take their ideas and grow them. What states are succeeding at this?

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: FCC & Broadband Consumer Privacy

In an effort to better protect the privacy of internet users, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed a set of rules to govern how broadband and wireless internet providers handle your personal data. However, the proposal – which would transfer control from the Federal Trade Commission to the FCC – is not without its critics who claim that the rules would pose unnecessary burdens and do little but drive up costs. This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee take a look at the proposed privacy requirements and weigh the testimony of several experts on both sides of the issue.

What a Defunct Cobra Industry Teaches Us About Entrepreneurial Policy

Colin Tomkins-Bergh examines how entrepreneurship is shaped by the existing institutions and how institutional or policy can solve or fail to solve market failures.

This Week in Entrepreneurship Policy: New Legislation Targets SBA, Armed Forces

Following a short recess that coincided with Memorial Day, members are back in Washington with a few relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week ahead. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship takes a look at a couple pieces of legislation -- Small Business Lending Oversight Act of 2016 (S. 2992) and the National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act (S. 3009).

Thinking Forward and the Gig Economy

The share of individuals engaged in alternative work arrangements compared to the traditional full time “9-to-5 job” in 2015 was 15.8 percent, up from 10.1 percent a decade earlier. What does this structural change in the labor market mean for the entrepreneurial economy?