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The Next Start-up Community:  Kitchener, Ontario?

The Next Start-up Community: Kitchener, Ontario?

When you think of start-ups, you think of San Jose, Boston and . . .  Kitchener(?).  Check out this video on what’s happening in the Kitchener/Waterloo area:

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Are Small Businesses Really Job Generators?

Are Small Businesses Really Job Generators?

According to the latest economic research, yes. . . . or no. . . . actually, it all depends (remember, this is economic research we’re talking about.)  Joking aside, this question really matters to economic developers.  This week an editorial in Bloomberg News summarized some of the findings from economists: [Recent] economic research shows that […]

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Small Companies Are Better at Green Innovation

Small Companies Are Better at Green Innovation

This according to a recent study by the Small Business Administration.  According to SmartGridNews.com: The report found that while small companies are responsible for about 8% of all U.S. patents, they account for 14% of all green technology patents. . . . [It] notes that the small innovators are 16 times more productive than larger […]

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Putting Small Business in Perspective

Putting Small Business in Perspective

Last week, NPR interviewed Wharton School professor Justin Wolfer about the role that small businesses play in job creation and innovation in the US economy.  He argued that the role of small businesses (i.e., firms with 50 or fewer employees) is over-rated. One telling quote really makes his case: If you actually look at the […]

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Is Small Business Bad for America?

Is Small Business Bad for America?

You can’t flip through the business section of any US newspaper without stumbling across some paean to small business.  But the Economist‘s Free Exchange blog recently noted that, for all of that happy talk, the US economy is dominated by large enterprises just like most other developed economies. (Click the chart to get a sense […]

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