News and Articles About Economic Development Programs

Former SBA Chief on 3 Keys to a Better U.S. Entrepreneur Economy
Growth Strategies

Former SBA Chief on 3 Keys to a Better U.S. Entrepreneur Economy

High-growth firms have a huge potential for creating U.S. jobs. According to Karen Mills, there are three key components to getting there.
Karen Mills
Starting a Business

At CGI America, a 'Shark Tank' for Entrepreneur Development

The high-growth entrepreneurship working group pitched ideas 'Shark Tank' style about new ways to create healthy ecosystems that foster the growth of start-ups.
Sarah J. Robbins
Clinton Global Initiative Aims to Boost U.S. Economy Through Entrepreneurship
Leadership

Clinton Global Initiative Aims to Boost U.S. Economy Through Entrepreneurship

The two-day event, featuring Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, seeks to promote high-growth entrepreneurship and small-business development.
Sarah J. Robbins
Starting a Business

Obama Offers $200 Million Prize to Build 3 Manufacturing Innovation Hubs

The White House announced today that it will expand on its program to promote advanced manufacturing in the U.S., an effort to drive global competitiveness.
Catherine Clifford
A Cluster of Clusters: Where the SBA Is Investing in Regional Economies
Growth Strategies

A Cluster of Clusters: Where the SBA Is Investing in Regional Economies

The Small Business Administration chose these 10 "clusters" or business networks as part of a 2010 pilot program to aid small businesses. We take a look at results to date.
Catherine Clifford
The Northeast Powers Up Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs
Growth Strategies

The Northeast Powers Up Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration has invested more than $1.5 million in fuel-cell technology innovation.
Catherine Clifford
Ohio Gets Strong On Flexible Electronics Entrepreneurs
Growth Strategies

Ohio Gets Strong On Flexible Electronics Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration invests over $1 million in a cluster specializing in the new science of flexible electronic components.
Catherine Clifford
A Flock of Airports Lifts Up Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Growth Strategies

A Flock of Airports Lifts Up Michigan's Upper Peninsula

SBA invests $1.2 million in aviation companies in the state best known for making cars.
Catherine Clifford
San Diego Warms to Defense Technology Entrepreneurs
Growth Strategies

San Diego Warms to Defense Technology Entrepreneurs

The SBA invests in startups focused on cyber-security, unmanned air vehicles and renewable energy.
Catherine Clifford
A Geospatial Tech Hub Puts Mississippi on Map
Growth Strategies

A Geospatial Tech Hub Puts Mississippi on Map

SBA invests more than $1 million into a community of mapping and location-based technology startups surrounding the NASA Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Catherine Clifford
Romney Is Right on Foreign Aid (Opinion)
Finance

Romney Is Right on Foreign Aid (Opinion)

The Republican challenger delivered an important message for economic development at the Clinton Global Initiative. U.S. foreign aid, he said, should be linked to efforts to promote free enterprise in the developing world.
Scott Shane
Eyeing a HUBZone? Hold Onto That Status
Growth Strategies

Eyeing a HUBZone? Hold Onto That Status

When it comes to landing federal procurement contracts, getting certified under various set-aside programs can improve your chances. But a HUBZone status can easily slip away as an area changes.
Diana Ransom
A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs
Finance

A Starbucks Initiative to Brew Up U.S. Jobs

An initiative by Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network is pouring small-business funding into private lending institutions
Michelle Goodman
Creating an 'Ecosystem' for Minority Entrepreneurs
Leadership

Creating an 'Ecosystem' for Minority Entrepreneurs

To foster entrepreneurship among minorities and in urban centers, a concentration of wealthy investors and academic, government and business institutions first needs to come together. A recent panel at Rutgers University put a spotlight on the issues.
Colleen DeBaise