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The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship informs and connects thought leaders looking to understand policies that help entrepreneurs start companies, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

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. Read More >

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.Read More >

Decision 2016: Don’t Forget Entrepreneurs

I am proud to have served on the Steering Committee for President Barack Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit happening this week in Silicon Valley. Given this is likely the last “entrepreneurship summit” for this President – and with a big decision looming this November on his replacement – we thought it worth taking a step back for a quick look at the role of governments and policymakers in enabling a flourishing entrepreneurial climate.Read More >

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program Accepting Proposals

The 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) Request for Proposals is available and proposals are being accepted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation through August 17, 2016. The Kauffman Foundation will award up to 20 Dissertation Fellowship grants of $20,000 each to Ph.D., D.B.A. or other doctoral students for the support of dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship.Read More >

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.Read More >

DC’s Disruption in Highly Regulated Industries

Politics and regulations, not startups, used to define the image of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. But not anymore. Read More >

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).Read More >

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? Read More >

Call for Nominations on Startup Nations Policy Awards

Startup Nations, a network of entrepreneurship-savvy policymakers and advisors, is seeking nominations of public sector leaders and policy approaches that are helping entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses. Winners will be invited to share their experiences as part of the Startup Nations Summit in Cork, Ireland, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Read More >

How Ready is your City for the Digital Economy?

Most city leaders realize their cities are not prepared for the next wave of the digital economy, but few of them know what to do next. Read More >