Everywhere you turn, there are stories of new or updated government policies designed to help entrepreneurs launch startups that will help jump-start the economy. With the amount of state and national reforms aimed at lessening the recession, it's not always readily apparent how they impact small businesses and what opportunities these new policies bring. The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship can help you sort things out.

A joint venture between the U.S. Commerce Department?s International Trade Administration and the Kauffman Foundation, the organization's goal is to "assist all nations in developing the environment to allow entrepreneurs to organize and operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people." It also "informs and connects thought leaders looking to understand policies that help entrepreneurs start companies, create jobs and re-start the economy."

The group is a terrific resource for businesspeople who want to learn more about public policies and get information on launching or growing a new business. The site is packed with articles, videos, and presentation from business leaders around the world, and its resource center has a repository full of content on everything from finance and accounting to human resources management.

As an example of the kinds of in-depth information found on the site, visitors can read through a brief on the history of U.S. patents and how they factor into Intellectual Property and Innovative Entrepreneurship." The creation of new ideas being essential to a growing economy, the U.S. government has continuously reformed rights of Intellectual property (IP) to maintain the most entrepreneurial climate possible. Recognized in the Constitution itself, patents for new inventions and copyrights for new artistic creations provide an incentive for people to both create and publicize their intellectual property.

"However," the summary continues, "rules, protections, and the adjudication process surrounding IP requires constant reforms to keep up with challenges of the digital revolution. Piracy has become much easier, while at the same time patent laws in the U.S. are increasingly cumbersome. In many cases, innovation is being hindered by overly broad and specious court and agency decrees."

Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship is a very informative Web site and a great way for business owners to stay on top of the latest developments in public policies that affect startups. The site is definitely one you'll want to bookmark and return to often.

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