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March 4, 2014   |   Vol. 6, Issue 9
Data Reveals Big-Business Dominates Job Subsidies
February 25, 2014 | Good Jobs First
Three-quarters of all the economic development dollars awarded and disclosed by state and local governments throughout the United States have gone to just 965 large corporations. Some of these big recipients, such as Boeing are well known for aggressively seeking tax breaks by pitting states against each other for jobs. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, for example, has received 310 subsidy awards totaling $1.06 billion to subsidiaries with names such as Geico. These are the key findings in Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent, published last week by Good Jobs First brought to light by an extensive enhancement of GJF's Subsidy Tracker database.
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Substantial Tax Breaks Convince United Technologies to Stay in Connecticut

Crowdfunding Rule Comments Under SEC Review
February 28, 2014 | Venture Capital Dispatch
Crowdfunding rules that would let ordinary investors back startups are moving closer to adoption by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Agency staff are just starting their review of comments on a nearly 600-page proposal issued in October to implement a mandate in the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Comments were due Feb. 3. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White has said that completing the rules are a priority this year.
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SEC Urged to Scale Back 'Crowdfunding' Rules

An Evolution in Business Incubators and Accelerators
March 3, 2014 | Washington Post
In the Washington region and across the country, the number of government-backed business incubators and accelerators has grown as public officials look for ways to support entrepreneurs, spur innovation and bolster their local economies. The two most commonly used models have some fundamental differences. Accelerators, for one, take applications from early-stage companies. Incubators, on the other hand, have traditionally offered low-rent work space to entrepreneurs.
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Look Up: Commercial Drone Market About to Take Off
March 2, 2014 | San Jose Mercury News
The skies over America are about to get a lot more crowded. As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, an entire industry-in-the-making is champing at the bit to start using drones for commercial ventures, from selling real estate to dusting crops to baby-sitting oil rigs. "This market's going to be huge," said Ken Loo, a Sunnyvale mechanical engineer who used a 3-D printer to create his own UAV and hopes to one day become a drone consultant.
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Is Tony Hsieh Downtown Las Vegas’ Savior or Conqueror?
March 1, 2014 | Las Vegas Sun
Tony Hsieh’s grip has reached the point that when online tech publication Gizmodo recently sent a reporter downtown, the author said the entrepreneur’s empire “can feel cultish.” The concerns, when they come up, have been obscured by the praise Hsieh has received for leading downtown’s turnaround. And make no mistake: the praise is well deserved. The stretch of Fremont Street east of the canopied Fremont Street experience now draws thousands of people to shop, dine, play, work and start businesses after decades of decay. Without Hsieh, many people argue that never would have happened.
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The LA Times View of Tony' Stepping-on-Toes

Tony Hsieh Backed Startup Airline Adding Las Vegas Flights

Angel Capital Association Slashes Rates to Lure Equity Crowdfunders

South Carolina Angel Investor Tax Credits Go Unclaimed

Equity Crowd-funding Eyed for San Diego Start-ups

Innovations in Equity Crowdfunding Take Center Stage in San Diego

Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy Protection

San Jose Pensions Devouring City Budget

Hefty South by Southwest Wrestles With Size

Boston Area Companies Setting Aside Space for Startups

StartupBus Treks Will Foster Business Ideas

Boston Tech Startup Creates a Model for Political Trail

Copycat Business Model Leads to Global Success for Start-Up Incubator

Raleigh Life Sciences Conference Shines Light on Triangle Startups

Technology Seen Leveling Field for Female Entrepreneurs

Silicon Valley Biotech IPOs Remain White-hot with Investors

How Startups Can Find Investors Now

Wisconsin Far from Alone in Tech-based Innovation Across America:

Is Technology to Blame for Stagnant Wages?

Emanuel to Lead Chicago’s Contingent to SXSW

When Start-Ups Don’t Lock the Doors

Missouri Senate Backs an End to Kansas Business Battle

Apple Could Be Latest Casualty in Patent War

AT&T Plans First-of-its-Kind Center for Innovation in Austin

Government Finally Poised to Meet Small Business Contracting Goal

The Cost of Expanding Overseas

IBM Cutting Jobs Across the Country, But Not NY

Consumer Protection Bureau Sues ITT as Predatory Lender

New All-Digital Curriculums Ride High-Tech Plan Push in Schoolrooms

Making Pabst Proud: Wisconsin Startups Mix Beer With New Tech

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