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Even Playing field

Make an even playing field. Small business can not afford new tecnology that the larger companies can. Vendors have access to my money faster than I have to my deposit. Bank fee are outragious. Uncollected fee plus overdraft fee because check came in eft whereas deposit was hand delivered. Can not afford or keep up with new banknig

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Distributed local production models where and when possible.

After looking for one product online(a dog house) I found it sells for about $230 (list price) and on sale about $130. Then, I looked for suppliers of dog houses. The same product as far as I can see from the pictures is manufactured in China. If I were buying this product, I would gladly buy it from my carpenter/woodworker neighbor at the same price. I am sure my neighbor would be glad, too, to sell it to me.In fact, ...more »

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Employee/sub-contractor abuses

Many individuals work as sub-contractors when they are really employees. These "sub-contractors" have no health insurance and no insurance for injuries on the job. I believe a clarification of the status "employee" be made and government regulations can follow-up on "employee"/"sub-contractor complaints with authority to remedy this abuse of human potential. Sincerely Harry Hansen

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Business is Complicated

There are many ideas listed here which are complicated and expensive. The free market will make the final decisions. Business requires regulation as unregulated profit results in abuse of employees, consumers, and inferior products and/or services. Health insurance also becomes a part of the problem as countries with universal health care are subsidizing their own businesses and causing competition problems for American ...more »

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8 ideas to help

Cleantech entrepreneur and operator; focused on commercializing new technologies and growing early-stage to midsize companies. My ideas for the list. 1. Allow entrepreneurs to be eligible for unemployment compensation. 2. Implement a one-payer, National Healthcare System; the social contract with large employers is gone and the healthcare/insurance/politics game is a mess. 3. Simple, flat-tax-like system. No more GE-tax ...more »

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Employee owned businesses

I believe employee owned business should be encouraged. It is important that start ups understand that they can compete if they work together. Creating a brand and working at different locations independently is even possible while the co-operation creates leverage in purchasing, negotiation and marketing etc. Worker owned co-operatives should be encouraged. For example, a barber shop brand through out the city where ...more »

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Have the SEC create a $1M exemption for Crowd Fund Investing

Following the principals of crowd funding (e.g. crowd vetting, all or nothing funding, small dollar investments, community forum for knowledge sharing), allow SEC registered Internet platforms to offer limited offerings for entrepreneurs and small businesses (small businesses being defined as less than $5 million annual gross income). The window will allow for a maximum capital raise of $1M from micro-angels (capped ...more »

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Ideas to help entrepreneurs and our country

Cleantech entrepreneur and operator; focused on commercializing new technologies and growing early-stage to midsize companies for the long-term health and strength of our country.

Ideas cover unemployment compensation, taxes, healthcare, subsidies, SBIRs, and buying products and services made here in the USA.

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Streamline the Trademark Application Process

The online trademark application is very cumbersome. I think the most important way this form could be improved is to make it a dynamic form in which each of the questions asked are determined based on the applicants answers to the previous questions. For example, many of the questions/fields listed on page 6-10 of the "TEAS Plus" preview document are only relevant if the applicant is applying for a "special form" trademark ...more »

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Competition with large corporations

Most small businesses fail in the first three years. I would not recommend throwing money at the problem because much of the money will be waisted. Americans are very good at judging if a product or service is worth purchasing. I am concerned about large corporations who literally have huge monopolies like that auto industry. I have been waiting for a long time for an automobile which gets good gas milage and so far ...more »

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Simplify the processes

Simplify the process for government contracts. Make a simple streamline process which requires verification, such as on the medicare side, but ensure that we are hiring American, not picking out of country engineers, etc.

Even applying for government jobs is a nightmare. Make things simple and straight-forward. You may even be surprised how much money you could save.

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Show America What is Already Working

Let's let entrepreneurs piggyback on one of the largest sources of local/regional awareness that's already in place across our country... the plain-old green exit signs at every highway exit. Here in North Carolina you drive past about 150 startups as you go from RDU International Airport to Chapel Hill, Raleigh or Durham (10 miles). Along your drive you are notified about every Shell Gas station and every Cracker Barrel ...more »

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$1 Billion For Entrepreneurs Choosing Entrepreneurs Incubators

Allocate $1 billion from the US Treasury to making loans in the amount of $10,000 to $100,000 to main street entrepreneurship. Use the existing network of CDFIs (i.e, Neighborworks) and an incubator program like www.vilcap.com to allocate the funds. Vilcap lets the entreprenuers themselves choose who gets a loan - and entrepreneurs are much better at due diligence then investors or bankers. We need to give all the ...more »

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Proposed Patent Reform is bad for small business

I suggest you...not eliminate or gut the "one year grace period," nor switch the US to a "first to file" country, with regard to patent application filings. These changes (S.23 and HR 1249), if enacted into law, will be very bad for small technology businesses, where most of our job growth is.

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"LET'S RETURN TO PROSPERITY FOR ALL" (SIMPLE)!

STOP REMOVING BARRIERS (It only arms the Enemy)! THE DARK DECADE WAS CREATED BY ALL THE DEREGULATION'S... "THE BEST NEW IDEAS ARE THE OLD IDEAS!” Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act as well as Roll Back all the Federal Regulations that were changed from1996 forward... Just tell our POLITICIANS to return the Federal Regulations as they were prior to 1996 & "PLEASE STOP HELPING US" (Leave us alone)!!! Americans will ...more »

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Business Planning Wizard pulls in relevant data (census, patents

I want to emphasize the need for web-based apps (or offline programs) which seamlessly allow entrepreneurs to bring ideas to fruition. From initial concept all the way to manufacturing, programming, financing, etc. We need to tap our collective brilliance while ensuring that those with brilliant ideas are protected/rewarded accordingly and, if needed, are guided through the development process effectively, efficiently, ...more »

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REINSTATE GLASS-STEAGALL

END the DOMINATION & CONTROL THE "FED" HAS ON WALL STREET (ONLY SMALL INVESTMENT BANKS FINANCE SMALL BUSINESSES...)! "REINSTATE THE GLASS-STEAGALL ACT of 1933." YOU’LL SEE SMALL FIRMS POPPING UP & UNDERWRITING SMALL BUSINESSES AGAIN! We need to End the Domination & Control the Fed & its Member Banks have had (Shutting Down the Small Firms) since they took over Wall Street in 1999. However, there's NO WAY President ...more »

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