Access to capital is the lifeblood for new small business and the U.S. economy. We should pursue ways that to provide easy access to credit so that the entrepreneurs dream can be realized for more people. Many businesses today have a difficult time getting small business loans. Right now, nine out of 10 business loan applications fail. We should use technology to enable easy access to credit – like an online platform ...more »
Please provide legal protection to Individuals, Innovators, entrepreneurs and Independent Inventors whose ideas and intellectual property matters are subject to cyber theft. I for example is subject to such situation and circumstances since 2007 and all my efforts to seek help from law enforcing agencies and FBI and other government agencies have gone in vain. You may find my statement to be true in the following letter. ...more »
I suggest we all take a long hard look at the economic crisis from the poor man's perspective. It's from this perspective we can see how to reach every man woman and child in the United States with the "American Dream" and give them their shot. Let's explore the gaps that are covered with the Start Up America Program. GET FUELED UP! WE'RE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD TO SUCCESS! Austan Goolsbee, Chairman ...more »
I have attended many Government conferences as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business, and have noticed the Government is still using the antique method of buying products based on NAICS Codes. As an example I supply custom made to order wire and cable. So I registered to receive RFQ as a SDVOSB so I list the best matched it’s not a good match but best match I entered NAICS code 335929, and 331422. So I get hundreds ...more »
Use the formal entrepreneurial support program developed in Littleton, Colorado in 1987 which has shown great results in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Indiana, Arizona and numerous smaller communities. Google "economic gardening" to get 83,000 hits. http://littletongov.org/bia/default.asp
Subject: Healthcare: Dementia/elderly: Most people with dementia do not need to be in skilled facility, paid with government dollars. There may be periods of time that they need to be in a skilled environment, but overall, if properly managed, they can be placed in personal care homes, in the community that they or their families live. Home Health can service their skilled needs, and the government could support twice ...more »
I suggest you... The Challenges: New startups fail due to lack of physical resources, lack of financial resources, and lack of knowledge/training/education. The Opportunities: 1.) Maker Fairs and "Hackerspaces", TechShop for example, are growing in popularity and people pay to attend them. 2.) A large infrastructure of Vo-Tech and community colleges exist across this country. 3.) A student loan system is already in place. ...more »
Ask the schools, colleges, universities open some percentage of their meal plans and student food services to local caterers or providers. Help the smaller local providers compete in the student food services of schools.
Support urban farming by funding and education.
Support community supported farms.
Renovate the homeless shelters across the country. Develop new rules. Most of them where I live were in bad shape. Make sure some funding goes from programs for non - profit of the cities to the small shelters which are independently operating and trying to survive.
Mandate truly distributed renewable energy systems(solar panels on the roofs etc.) and encourage local assembly and / or manufacturing. In return more small business contractors getting more work. Plus the more efficient systems and less loss on the grid. Here is a Cap Stone paper presented to the officials of CPS Energy of San Antonio, TX for some ideas: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52873029/CPS-Paper-final-december2009. ...more »
Make opening a Bed and Breakfast a Constitutional right. "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of property or happiness" should not be subject to a city council vote when the dwelling is also the home of the owner. These home businesses thrive only if the neighborhood remains residential in nature. Hence, these types of business owners have a natural incentive to be good care takers of their home and their right to remain ...more »
I suggest that the USPTO consider expanding the patent application preparation and prosecution clinics it currently runs with selected law schools in order to serve more small entrepreneurs. The patent bar such as ABA IP Section and AIPLA as well as the local associations like IPLAC could be approached to provide volunteer experience patent attorneys to help oversee an expanded program. I'd personally be willing to volunteer ...more »
I suggest you...foster the development of business partnerships between R&D innovators and SMALL EXISTING MANUFACTURERS to bring newly developed technology to commerical markets. While SBIR programs are fantastic for generating innovative ideas and, in my opinion, need to be continued, I've seen many bright, talented innovators lose their motivation, homes, and savings (and sometimes Uncle Harry's) trying to keep their ...more »