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The Super Bowl: Made in America? Not Entirely.

This story 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. Super Bowl Sunday: It’s America’s game, America’s night, and America’s traditions. Surely, there’s nothing more star-spangled spectacular than watching the big game on the big screen, a cold beer in one hand a towering plate of wings in the other. It’s a night that oozes red, white and blue. Or is it? When you really think about the things that make Super Bowl Sunday a de facto national holiday, you begin to realize just how much of the fanfare depends on a little help from our trading partners around the world. So, as we gear up for the 50th installment of the greatest night in sports, here’s a look at what the Super Bowl would be missing without global trade and our […]

The Super Bowl: Made in America? Not Entirely.

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Meet the companies disrupting Your Prescriptions

Over the last century, new technologies have disrupted traditional industries at a faster pace than ever before. Now, it’s health care’s turn. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. are coming up with solutions to address a huge problem in medicine: making it easier for patients to keep track of their medications and take them properly. A study by the National Community Pharmacists Association found that patients who fail to take their medication routinely and/or on time threaten not only their own health, but also cost the health care system an estimated $290 billion every year due to health complications. The problem is likely to grow, as the World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, about 157 million Americans will have one chronic condition requiring medication therapy. Here are two of the entrepreneurs who have come up with out-of-the-box ways to address the problem. That’s One Smart Bottle Josh Stein, cofounder of […]

Meet the companies disrupting Your Prescriptions

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The rise and dangers of the sharing economy

More and more people are opting out of 9-to-5 workdays, either by choice or because their hands are forced by circumstance, and finding new jobs through the sharing economy.   Although people describe the sharing economy in many different ways, it’s most easily explained as a business built on an individual sharing resources (whether it be services or products) with their community on demand for a fee. To be fair, the idea itself isn’t new. People have offered and advertised their services for everything from handyman work to babysitting for decades now. However, the Internet – and more specifically, the proliferation in smartphones – have only recently enabled a growing number of startups to gather and formalize sharing opportunities into thriving businesses. Want to rent a room (or even an entire castle) at the last minute? Click through listings that meet your exact criteria from home-rental business startup Airbnb. Need […]

The rise and dangers of the sharing economy

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The battle of the delivery startups

A delivery battle is brewing in San Francisco (and other cities across America) and the outcome will be decided not by government officials, but by local businesses.   Just as the Internet revolutionized online shopping, on-demand startups transformed the delivery process by creating new ways to provide same-day service. Companies like popular ride-hailing app Uber are just one of the many businesses that are trying to woo merchants by offering low-cost, same-day delivery services, complete with tracking services. The winners in this growing market will hold sway over the burgeoning on-demand delivery industry. Uber started its delivery service known as UberRUSH in 2014, joining services such as Amazon Flex and third-party delivery systems like Deliv, which delivers retail items ranging from toys to clothes. The services charge as little as $5 per delivery, much lower than the prices many traditional shipping companies or government delivery systems charge. Meanwhile, companies that […]

The battle of the delivery startups

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2016: The Year of the Buy Button?

You know those sponsored posts and video ads you’ve been seeing all over social media? Well, this may finally be the year that so-called “buy buttons” go one step further, allowing users everywhere to purchase products directly from their favorite social media sites.   These days everyone from Facebook to photo-sharing site Instagram is experimenting with ways to make it easier for consumers to buy products online. Even Twitter has their own limited version of a shopping application, while image-collecting site Pinterest hopped on the bandwagon in 2015, covering their sites in what they’re calling “shoppable pins.” Some tech giants, namely Facebook and YouTube, are still testing buy buttons. Buy buttons allow consumers to purchase whatever they want in real-time via popular e-commerce platforms, such as BigCommerce and Shopify, effectively turning these social sites into marketplaces.These e-commerce platforms facilitate online sales and range in price. For instance, Shopify offers all-in-one […]

2016: The Year of the Buy Button?

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U.S. sees rise in small business activity

If economists’ predictions for 2016 are to be believed, this year could be a tough one for the U.S. economy—namely due to a long period of unusually low oil prices and an economic slump in China. Meanwhile, some have predicted that a global recession could be coming soon, and the stock markets have taken a beating in January.   Surprisingly, however, in the midst of all that bad news, small business activity in the U.S. rose last year (to an index reading of 0.07 from a historical average of zero), according to a 2015 report from the Kauffman Foundation, a private foundation focused on education and entrepreneurship. “It’s good news and things are getting better, although we’re still below recession levels,” says Arnobio Morelix, a senior research analyst at Kauffman, about the number of small business in the U.S. Historically, entrepreneurs have been a driving force in local economies, but […]

U.S. sees rise in small business activity

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Meet the startup battling modern-day slavery

London-based startup Segura Systems is battling sweatshops in an unusual way. Not with billboard campaigns, fundraising initiatives or even celebrity spokespeople, but instead with a supply verification application that confirms the companies used for overseas manufacturing are on approved lists. The benefit for businesses is two-fold. First, it helps them access detailed information about their suppliers and keep their records up to date. Second, it provides much-needed information that a growing number of consumers are interested in. “In recent years consumers have begun to ask more of their retailers – people want to know that the goods they’re buying have been ethically and responsibly produced,” says co-founder Ian Hepworth. “There has also been a clear and necessary realization that problems such as modern slavery are very real, posing both a severe supply chain risk and a wider ethical risk.” The company, co-founded by Hepworth and Peter Needle, started in 2011 […]

Meet the startup battling modern-day slavery

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4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On a day dedicated to the celebration of his legacy and work, we wanted to pay tribute to King, whose influence has only grown over time.

4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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10 Startups To Watch In 2016

The New Year is upon us, which begs the question: Which companies are poised to make it big in 2016? This year we discovered a variety of startups that have either already changed the way we live and work or are fixing to do so, from messaging platform Slack to ride-hailing startup Uber. We’ve gone through our exhaustive lists and identified the best startups around the world and why they’re set to revolutionize their respective industries in the following year. NeoKenya  NeoKenya is a Kenya-based startup and developer of Twiga Fruits, an online platform that is working to fix food production issues in Africa. The startup’s digital platform combats high food production costs by reducing waste and streamlining transportation. Using the company’s innovative mobile-based platform, Twiga customers can order and track food purchased from local farmers, which provides a better (and low-cost) alternative to informal markets many businesses are accustomed […]

10 Startups To Watch In 2016

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Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: Smart Government

Here are FreeEnterprise.com's five most popular stories of the year in the Smart Government category.

Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: Smart Government

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Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: Creating Opportunity

Here are FreeEnterprise.com's five most popular stories of the year in the Creating Opportunity category.

Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: Creating Opportunity

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Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: America at Work

Here are FreeEnterprise.com's five most popular stories of the year in the America at Work category.

Our 5 Most Popular Stories of the Year: America at Work

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