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Federal Electronic Money alternative to Credit Cards

As transactions move online for many startups the cost of processing transactions, staying PCI compliant and dealing with chargebacks, etc. is a huge barrier to growth. 3% to 5% of your gross revenue may go directly into the hands of credit card companies. A federal electronic payment system would offer a non-profit alternative to collecting online payments. The US Dollar needs to keep up with our changing world.

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Entrepreneurial mentoring program

Entrepreneurism is not something that can be learned in the classroom. It has to be learned in the field - actually doing it. Coordination between high school and college - and the local small business community would provide a "transition bridge" for young entrepreneurs to hone their skills. At the same time the program would provide needed energetic talent to help small business adapt to the future. StartUpAmerica... more »

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Networking, Knowledge Resources and Entrepreneiral Support

Entrepreneur's who are trying to start and scale companies need more low cost yet knowledgable resources available that are easily accessible, written in an easily understandable manner and sorted so that it makes sense and the answers are easily found. I deal with thriving entrerpeneur's everyday that simply don't know WHERE to start. Or more networking opportunities online in an Entrepreneur's helping Entrepreneur's... more »

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Convert libraries to Innovation Co-working Incubators

At present our public libraries have been rendered mostly irrelevant. Aside from helping those without technology access and providing an after school safe haven for "lock key kids," their usefulness is limited. But it doesn't need to that way. Imagine libraries being a place where entrepreneurs and students could collaborate. Create "incubation pods" in libraries complete with technology and business support material... more »

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Live-Work Incubators: Babson's ETower Meets the Real World

Bring the concept of Babson's entrepreneurship dorm, ETower, into the real world. Entrepreneurial cities need to allow entrepreneurs to live in incubators. Zoning laws typically only allow artists to live where they work. Launching out of an apartment is not as effective as launching out of an incubator, but it's an added expense. Young entrepreneurs, frequently fresh out of college with flexible living requirements,... more »

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Help America By helping Americans

When America need ideas to compete and to help every day Americans even the world. Whosoever have an idea to benefit our country,cannot help because there is no help in financial protection, finance for development and help getting the idea to industry. There are companies out there that say they are there to help but they want your finance and your idea and you are left without real assistance. The idea is let's make... more »

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adopt the PDX open-source mind-set

Look at Portland as a model for community & growth in start-ups… There are 5-6 sectors or clusters in PDX that make it a nearly perfect test environment: tech & open-source, alternative energy, meteoric rise of iPhone/iPad & mobile apps, sustainable/environmental base of companies & people, a notable PDX bike-culture, a prominent locals/foods culture (restaurants, farms, vineyards, breweries, etc) and an overall open-source... more »

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Support ALL Entrepreneurs, not just high-growth

Open the playing field (and support) for *all* startups whether they are high-growth or not. Growth is NOT the only pathway to success. And, one million companies hiring two people in their first year of business is more powerful and less susceptible to economic shifts than a handful of companies hiring the same amount of people.

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Reducing the Costs for Access to Legal Services

Entrepreneurs are significantly disadvantaged without access to legal expertise. But such access is constrained by limited start-up financial resources. I've had success working with groups (usually up to 10) of entrepreneurs in a group setting to cover general legal/business issues and then scheduling one-on-one time for specific legal issues. This has the effect of pooling financial resources so it is collectively profitable... more »

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Shifting Our Tolerance for Risk

Start shifting America's tolerance for risk. Certain pockets of society are risk takers (NY'ers for instance) and others risk intolerant (not going to name names here - you know who you are). Start appealing to educators, parents and perhaps entertainment companies to portray those who take a risk and fail as people who gained a valuable piece of knowledge and not a person who should be punished for trying.

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How to keep expenses down in your first year.

Money is not the only form of exchange. For startups to obtain the resources they need on a very tight budget, create a rewards/points system. This way startups can obtain much needed resources from financial, legal and IT professionals to used computers, lab time and office space. The need for startups to raise a ton of capital to launch would be significantly less if a startup had another method of value exchange.... more »

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