Monthly Archives: January 2014

Assets and Opportunity 2014

Given the current public attention, as in this week’s State of the Union Address, on income equality, it makes great sense for CFED to release its annual Assets and Opportunity Scorecard this week.  I’m a big fan of these annual … Continue reading

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The State of State Small Business Credit Programs

The Department of Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it was (and still is) a pretty big deal.  As part of the 2010 Jobs Act, SSBCI invested more than $1.5 billion in … Continue reading

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Is Reshoring for Real in 2014?

It seems like I’m receiving hundreds of articles lately that tout the prospects for the reshoring of manufacturing to the U.S. in 2014.  The basic economic rationale for reshoring is pretty simple to understand.   As labor costs decline in the … Continue reading

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The Rise of Local Crowdfunding

Now that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has finally developed some preliminary rules for crowdfunding, I’m starting to see an interesting trickle of new hyper-local crowdfunding sites focused on local business investments and local community projects.   For example, … Continue reading

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Craft Beer = Economic Development

If you happened to savor a cold one while watching the NFL playoffs this past weekend, you may be pleased to know that you may be making a growing contribution to your local economy.  New data from the Brewer’s Association, … Continue reading

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Assessing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Toolkit

The Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) has released an excellent new toolkit for assessing regional entrepreneurial ecosystems.  The diagnostic toolkit is designed for global use and provides tools and tips for how to measure whether a region has an … Continue reading

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Nesta’s Predictions for 2014

Regular readers of the EntreWorks blog will know that I am a big fan of the UK organization, Nesta, which seeks to support innovation and creativity throughout Great Britain and the world.    Each year, Nesta staff and partners make … Continue reading

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