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February 28, 2012   |   Vol. 4, Issue 7
Hatching Business Success
February 22, 2012 | R&D Magazine
The general rule of thumb is that most new businesses fail. But the incubator model is beginning to change those statistics for companies who seek the right kind of help. Perhaps the most famous metric of entrepreneurship is the business survival rate. Figures like eight of 10 startups don't last the first year are widely cited and certainly have shock value. But incubators appear to be changing those outcomes.
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Lawmakers Demand Crackdown on Abused SBA. Program Enriching the Wealthy
February 25, 2012 | Wilmington News Journal
Two top lawmakers on small business matters renewed calls for tougher enforcement of the rules in a program that steers government contracts to the socially and economically disadvantaged. Some wealthy entrepreneurs have received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts reserved for the disadvantaged by repeatedly qualifying for the one-time program
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Billions in Federal Small-Business Contracts Go to Large Firms

Evolution of the New 'Innovation Campuses'
February 27, 2012 | Inside Higher Education
Midwestern colleges (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, S. Dakota, Ohio for examples) launch campuses built on public-private collaboration. A recent explosion of "innovation" campuses -- many in the Midwest and almost all involving fancy new buildings and partnerships between public colleges and private corporations – have ironically un-innovative names.
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Speed Puts Community Colleges Front and Center
February 22, 2012 | Ann Arbor News/AP
Community colleges, long the under-loved stepchildren of American higher education, still don't get the dollars of their four-year counterparts, but they're standing very much in the spotlight these days. President Barack Obama made them the focus last week when he unveiled his proposed budget at a Northern Virginia community college. The president joked he'd been to campus so often that he's only three credits shy of graduating.
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Senate Panel Report Focuses on For-Profit Colleges' Share of Military Education Benefits
February 24, 2012 | Chronicle on Higher Education
Although for-profit colleges received more than half of the $563-million in Department of Defense tuition assistance paid to active-duty service members in the 2011 fiscal year, "it is unclear whether the revenues translate into meaningful educational benefits for military students." Notably, the report singles out Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University, which is based in Iowa the home state of Sen. Tom Harkin,
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Students from For-Profit Colleges More Likely to Be Jobless

Crackdown on For-Profits

California Leads Nation in Green-Tech Venture Capital Funding
February 21, 2012 | Los Angeles Times
California companies received $2.8 billion of the $4.9 billion raised by the sector nationwide last year. Massachusetts was a distant second with $465.1 million.
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Investing in IPOs May Be More Risky Than you Think

2011 Marks Another Strong Year for Venture Capital, but Will it Continue?

Start-up Fund Aims to Help Wisconsin Companies

Uber-Angel Ron Conway: Silicon Valley Is Stronger than Ever

A New Cadre of Facebook Angels? Don’t Count on It

Small Companies Create More Jobs? Maybe Not

Why Talk about Small Business as Job Creator Is Overblown

Editorial: Look Outside to Boost Iowa Economy, Create Jobs

Some Governors Face Fallout from an Improving Economy

New Pension Tax Surprises Retirees, Creates Confusion

Gov. Rick Scott Drops Florida's Membership in National Governors Association

Studies Reveal the Economic Might, Ecological Uncertainty of Great Salt Lake

More States Consider Diverting Foreclosure Money

Controversy over South Dakota's Economic Development Fund

The 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education

Saving Kansas City Schools Means Rescuing A City

Survival of the Startups

Business Schools Experience Technology Commercialization Boom

How Entrepreneurship Has Integrated into New Orleans Culture

Seven Michigan Universities to Partner in Tech Transfer

How ResearchGate Plans to Turn Science Upside Down

Bruce Booth, a LifeSciVC Shining Some Much-Needed Light on Biotech

DNA Analyzing Device Goes from Idea to Market — All in Nebraska

Generating High-Tech Ideas Ensconced in Historic Stamford

Implementing the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization: The Plan of Attack

The Patent Condundrum -- For Startups

This Could Be ‘Break-out’ Year for Some High-Tech Wichita Startups

Innovator: Lab Findings Must Be ‘Translated’ into Therapies

Judge Overturns Missouri Law to Create Incentives for Tech Companies

Oscar Night Secret: Tax Breaks for Films Go Undisclosed in Many States

Are Silicon Valley Tech Bloggers Truly Objective?

Forbes: Des Moines No. 2 in U.S. for Jobs

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