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Support non-VC business model

While commercialization is critical to the self reliance of small business, there are many ways to commercialize other than the venture capital (VC) model. Since the business that meet the VC model already is served by the VC industry, the government should support business that do not fit the VC model (time frame, requirement on ROI, etc.) to grow a variety of healthy and profitable businesses.

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Tax Credit for hiring college interns at liveable wage

Suggest provide a tax credit for hiring 1 or 2 college student interns that are paid a liveable wage. Right now in technical fields, big companies hire a lot of interns to "select" permanent hires. Small companies have a hard time time competing for the "best & brightest" because they cannot afford to hire interns as a selection tool. It would also allow the students to pay down some of their college debt.

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Expedite Export License applications

In some countries (Germany and Canada), it is possible to receive an export license in days. In the U.S. it is 4-6 weeks if all goes well; up to a year if there are any questions.

This is an incredible disadvantage for small companies trying to compete in the global economy.

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Obtaining Small Business Financing

Rebuild the primary home market so people have equity in their home. With equity in their home people can obtain loans to start businesses. Businesses will not hire more people until aggregate demand increases. Aggregate demand will not increase untill the foreclosure crisis is solved. For more information on how to do this go to www.foreclosurecrisissolved.wordpress.com

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How To Rebuild The Primary Home Market

I suggest you...We need a mortgage with new terms to rebuild the primary home market and increase people's disposable income to increase aggregate demand which will reduce unemployment. The new terms are: Starting interest rate 3%, interest rate increases .25% per year. Interest caps out at 5%. Underwater mortgages are reduced an additional 30% of monthly payment each month. Long term interest rates are stabilized with... more »

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Revolutionary gear-technology changes World

I suggest you much energy economy propulsions of machines comprising cheapest smaller engines or motors with only one maximum torque and revolutionary gearbox apparatus-accelerator designs that replace the existing propulsions or will create new green machines with manufacturing costs so that will be affordable by small businesses that increase number of job or buyers whom are basic of economy growing. It is available... more »

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Support entrepreneurial R&D!

Instead of supporting R&D in a vacuum, provide incentives and resources for university and national lab scientists to learn about markets and applications so that we are developing more commercially meaningful technologies..

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Let us vote (online) how to spend tax dollars and USPTO database

Allow citizens to vote using the internet and thus make democracy a reality. Think of the 600 million Facebook users voting on issues in real-time. We could move forward instead of stagnating. We could also fire all of our 'representatives' on capital hill. At least use the power of instant communications/feedback to gauge what people want to do with tax dollars. How about letting us see exactly (itemized) how are tax... more »

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support start up visa

support the start up visa! plenty of new start ups are coming out from the silicon valley, they could create many new american jobs if only they could hire the right engineer out of the cs stanford department. Unfortunately, they cannot because he/she is, with 50% probability, a foreginer, and start ups have a hard time giving a visa.

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Regional Solar Market Transformation Initiative

DOE’s Solar America Communities program is committed to developing a sustainable solar infrastructure that removes market barriers and encourages the adoption of solar energy by residents and businesses in local communities. The objective is to develop comprehensive approaches that lay the foundation for a viable solar market and provide a model for communities throughout the United States. The Solar America Communities... more »

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Startup Health Insurance & Benefits Consortium

Make health insurance & benefits as affordable to small startups as it is to larger, well-established companies. Allow either a government-sponsored and/or private consortium to pool the risk amongst several startups and collectively package their underwriting risk for health insurers and other group benefits offerings. Remove one of the fundamental risks of leading or joining a startup -- loss of basic affordable benefits... more »

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Online Blueprints for Startups

Work with the existing SBA assets to create simple, easy-to-follow online blueprints for startups, oriented around the business area. In particular, blueprints written and designed by successful entrepreneurs would be valuable. Right now the SBA-type guides are generic (e.g. "write a business plan", "choose a location", etc.), and yet a wealth of business area-specific statistics and guidance lies within the references... more »

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