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Intellectual Property Drives U.S. Economic Growth: Commerce Dept.

Submitted by the U.S. Commerce Department WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department today released a comprehensive report entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” which finds that intellectual property-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars – or 34.8 percent of – U.S. gross domestic product […]

Angel investor market picks up: UNH analysis

Submitted by the Center for Venture Research DURHAM, N.H. – Following a considerable contraction in investment dollars in 2008 and 2009, the angel investor market continued to recover in 2011, a trend that began in 2010 in investment dollars and in the number of investments, according to the 2011 Angel Market Analysis released by the […]

Business owners optimistic, but slow to hire

Submitted by SurePayroll Nationwide, SurePayroll Scorecard data shows hiring in March was down  0.2 percent from the prior month, but paycheck size remained flat. Despite this, optimism among small business owners was 70 percent, the first time optimism has reached 70 percent since May 2011. When small business owners were asked about their hiring plans moving forward in 2012, the SurePayroll’s […]

Economic outlook mixed: Kauffman Foundation survey

Submitted by the Kauffman Foundation (KANSAS CITY, MO.) April 3, 2012 — Despite remaining generally confident about the prognosis for their own businesses, startup company owners sent mixed signals about their overall economic outlook for the next 12 months, according to the 2012 second quarter Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman […]

How one founder braced for the competition

What do you do when a competitor the size of Starbucks Corp. comes out with its own version of your product? Robert Stiller, the founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Rosters in Waterbury, Vt., which makes the Keurig coffee brewer and K-Cup coffee, decided to hedge his bets by selling $66.3 million of his […]