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Why This Veteran Real Estate Entrepreneur Prides Himself on Hiring Other Veterans

In addition to hiring veterans himself, John Warren also works to help other founders understand the value that veterans can bring to their businesses.

Why This Veteran Real Estate Entrepreneur Prides Himself on Hiring Other Veterans

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How This Enterprising Mother-Daughter Duo Empower Women Entrepreneurs Across the Globe

Through their coaching venture, Stacia and Ariana Pierce help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, increase revenues and achieve their dreams.

How This Enterprising Mother-Daughter Duo Empower Women Entrepreneurs Across the Globe

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How This California Music Tech Startup Gives the Gift of Hearing

For every pair of headphones social entrepreneur Bridget Hilton sells through her startup LSTN, she helps restore hearing to someone in need.

How This California Music Tech Startup Gives the Gift of Hearing

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How Uber, UPS, Walmart and Marriott are Combatting Human Trafficking

See what steps these private American companies are taking to make modern day slavery an issue of the past.

How Uber, UPS, Walmart and Marriott are Combatting Human Trafficking

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This FinTech Startup Takes the Headache Out of Invoicing

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on Small Business Nation.

This FinTech Startup Takes the Headache Out of Invoicing

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How Much Good Can Information Do?

How much is transparency worth? Or, to ask a better question: How much is access to information worth? According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, open data—that is, information that the government or private-sector organizations chooses to make public—has the potential to create $3 trillion of value in just seven areas of the global economy. More importantly, unlocking the ever-growing pile of data sitting on government and private-sector servers and releasing it to a curious public increases the odds of finding solutions to serious social and economic problems. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Engagement Center (C_TEC) recently hosted a panel discussion during its TecNation 2016 event that focused on how open data stands to make the world a better place, whether by finding smarter ways to tackle crime or better preparing for natural disasters. During the session, five organizations spoke about their different approaches to using data […]

How Much Good Can Information Do?

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DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: American history. The cheesesteak. Passionate sports fans. Rocky Balboa. This week, you can add the Democratic National Convention to the list. But it’s also quietly become a hot place for startups, with a flurry of new entrepreneurs, helped along by a strong sense of connectivity with major corporations and the city government. We learned this at that final stop on our tour of the rising startup economies, as part of the Innovation That Matters project with 1776. The visit to Philly came after stops in the “New South” with Raleigh and Atlanta, the West Coast with Los Angeles and Seattle, the Mountain West with Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Great Plains with Kansas City. Philadelphia, like other cities on our tour, has succeeded in making its economy more dynamic, more diverse, and more conducive to creating the jobs of the […]

DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

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Innovation That Matters: Inside America’s surging startup cities

America is on the cusp of a technological revolution that will impact every sector of the economy and every corner of the country. In the same way some cities rose and others faltered during the industrial era and the first technological revolution, this next wave of innovation and disruption has the potential to redraw America’s economic map as new cities emerge as leaders in the digital world. Question is, which of our nation’s urban areas are positioning themselves to thrive in this new era, and which ones are on the verge of being left behind? Not surprisingly, longstanding tech hubs like Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area remain the leaders when it comes to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and as of today, they’re the most well positioned to lead in the digital economy. However, they have mounting competition from some unlikely up-and-comers, according to the Innovation that Matters 2016 […]

Innovation That Matters: Inside America’s surging startup cities

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Beyond the Bay Area: The Rise of the West Coast Innovation Economy

When you think about entrepreneurial innovation on the West Coast, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably Silicon Valley and San Francisco: the global hubs of the modern startup economy. But out West, the Bay Area isn’t the only game in town any more. Our Innovation that Matters tour of America’s rising digital cities kicked off this January. The first leg of the tour took us through the “New South” to learn about the booming startup communities in Raleigh-Durham and Atlanta. In February, we turned our attention to the West Coast, traveling to Los Angeles and Seattle to see firsthand how these cities are becoming new centers for tech entrepreneurship. While both Los Angeles and Seattle have long histories of innovation that have enabled their economies to thrive for over a century, the two metropolises had in many ways become […]

Beyond the Bay Area: The Rise of the West Coast Innovation Economy

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What’s Right and What’s Wrong in the South’s New Economy 

What does it mean to be a startup hub in the 21st century? A digital layer is being stretched across the economy today enabling our institutions to work better, faster, and smarter. Cities are the focal point of this new digital economy. But which cities are ready, and which are in danger of being left behind? These are the major questions we’re aiming to answer in this next iteration of Innovation that Matters. To get answers, we’ve done a lot of number crunching and analysis, but we’re also talking to people on the ground – entrepreneurs, city leaders, venture capitalists, and other key network actors in several cities – to get their take on what’s working to drive startup success. We started our eight-city tour with Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, both leaders in the South’s new economy. They boast an impressive mix of startups and big corporations, incubators […]

What’s Right and What’s Wrong in the South’s New Economy 

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The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

The Cutthroat Restaurant Industry It’s tough to make it in the restaurant industry. But a new report confirms what many people have long known: GrubHub is helping thousands of entrepreneurs to both expand their restaurants’ reach and increase revenue. Count Leah Wilcox, the founder of Chicago food truck and catering company Babycakes, among this group. Babycakes partnered early on with the online ordering platform. “I was trying to figure out a way to keep my business open during the winter, and I saw there weren’t a lot of places that deliver breakfast. I thought since I have a pretty unique menu that it would work, and it did,” Wilcox tells Free Enterprise. “I love how we see a lot of back-and-forth business that is always growing. If we take the truck out, people see the truck and want to order catering. If we send an order through GrubHub, they find […]

The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

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Becoming The Boss: How a PR Entrepreneur Went From Employee to Startup Owner

This post originally appeared on Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and business. Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our series celebrating small business owners who are making the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer by hiring their first employee. Check back periodically for new installments. Nearly two decades ago, on a train bound for the nation’s capital, Susan Apgood started jotting down notes and mapping out a business plan. Apgood, 27 at the time, had just completed her MBA and was working for a public relations agency. She had always wanted to start her own business, but she never thought the opportunity would arise so early in her career. “I started writing down pros, cons, what I could do better, and what I could do differently,” Apgood says, thinking back on that train ride from New York to […]

Becoming The Boss: How a PR Entrepreneur Went From Employee to Startup Owner

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