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Repo properties auctioned to entrepreneurs first.

Make repossessed properties available to entrepreneurs with sound business plans before the general public and already-established large businesses. Finding a place to make your business idea a reality in the most economical fashion is not an easy task. If the SBA could have auctioning rights over some such properties, things may be easier, cheaper, and more streamlined as yet another aspect of startup could be taken... more »

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Manufacturing

It was a pleasure to be involved with the White House sponsored Start Up America: Reducing Barriers Roundtable in Pittsburgh on April 28. Pittsburgh was one of eight cities nationally to host the Roundtable event. The Pittsburgh Roundtable was the only city of the eight to include manufacturing as one of the breakout sessions. The inclusion of the manufacturing session is thanks to the efforts of Tom Henschke of SMC... more »

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Data disemination

In my opinion, all industries" data (at all levels - local, regional...) should be generated "real time" and it should be disseminated to all parties(citizens, organizations, companies, start ups...) for free. This is a big task for one organization for large economy and a large geography like ours and and I believe, all universities across the country could collaborate and achieve this.

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Rebuild America

Build State of the Art, Energy Efficient (Self Sufficient if Possible) Military Bases to replace all of our foreign bases. Jobs to Build, Communities Developed, Local Revenue from our servicemen and women spending time and money here.

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Small Businesses need CONTRACTS, JOBS, AND CAPITAL.

I suggest you provide access to Capital and Contracts. There have have several promising initiatives designed to give out loans and credit to Small Businesses. Each Bank should have to divulge how many applicants have applied, been rejected, and approved. Although that data is being collected what is being done to ensure Small Businesses aren't being unnecessarily rejected? Small Businesses need contracts to generate... more »

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Accelerated Development of Medical Device Innovation

Provide Multi-Year Funding to Support Creation and Operation of Regional Centers for Medical Device Innovation:

Goal: Accelerate product development of new medical device products based on University technologies as well as technology originating in the entrepreneurial community by bringing together in one location the key infrastructure needed to rapidly move new medical devices and new medical technologies to market.... more »

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Incentivize Contract Officers

The Federal Government must streamline it's contracting and contract management process and provide incentives to Contracting officers. There is no incentive for Contracting Officers to work with Small Businesses or Entrepreneurs. By hiring large firms and place a clause in their contract to work with small businesses, it takes the pressure off of the government to work with SBAs.

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National New Business & Job Creation Network

Consolidate all the best ideas as well as all the orgnanizations who are engaged in economic development across the country into a single national network of collaborators who are all linked together by a single web site that is establish as the national eco-system for entrepreneurship and innovation.

See http://bit.ly/h7iIEI

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Funding through EB-5 Foreign Investor Visa Program

In 8 CFR 204.6(i), change allowable locations for companies receiving $500,000 or $1,000,000 through the EB-5 program.

 

Currently $500,000 is only applicable to new enterprises in Targeted Employment Areas.

 

Make $500,000 and $1,000,000 investments available in non-TEAs, since TEAs are so embedded and interwoven with the rest of communities. (Unemployment is high and uneven between contiguous census tracts.)

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Startup and Growth Capital through "CrowdFunding"

I suggest you have the SEC allow regulation-exempt public stock offerings when the maximum individual investment is less than or equal to $100.00: http://crowdfundinglaw.com/. This would allow any entrepreneur to do a public offering for tiny investments, aka “crowdfunding”. Of course, this group of investors would then meet the prior existing relationship for other regulated private offers.

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Bootstrap tax incentive

I suggest you allow entrepreneurs to invest proceeds from the sale of ANY asset into their business either without paying capital gains taxes or by deferring those taxes until the sale of the business. This would allow transfer of proceeds from real estate or other appreciated assets into job creating businesses without penalty. It would be simple to do by modifying one paragraph in the tax code, and it would add millions... more »

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Entrepreneurial impact statement

To avoid unintended consequences oaf government regulation on entrepreneurs consider requiring an "entrepreneurial impact statement". Entrepreneurs don't have time to lobby - asking the impact before acting will help reduce the erection of new barriers.

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SBIC Program for early stage investments.

One of the best ways to get venture capital to companies with high growth potential is the SBIC Program. However, the Debenture program does not work for early stage investments where the company needs to put all of its capital into growth rather than into debt service. SBA should develop and implement a workable alternative to the Participating Securities program that allows venture capital funds to make early stage... more »

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