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Moving America's Small Business & Entrepreneurs Forward. This White House report is a comprehensive look at what investments the Obama Administration has made to keep small businesses moving forward.

Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. The National League of Cities (NLC) conducted a multi-year effort to better understand how local governments can support growth in small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs, building off of research and identification of innovative local practices. This document builds on research conducted by NLC and the insights of experts, city leaders, and practitioners from across the country.

Growing Your Region's Economy with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs is a new publication by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation. It highlights the innovation approaches being taken by five regional development organizations in Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin to spur job growth through new business startups or existing business expansions.

The Center for Public Policy Innovation released a report, Restoring U.S. Competitiveness: Creating Jobs and Unleashing the Potential of Small Businesses through Technology and Innovation. The report cites three elements needed for small business success: Access to Capital, Access to Technology and Access to Global Markets.

Capital Access Report cover page
Small Manufacturers Capital Access Inventory and Needs Assessment Report,

November 2011, NIST MEP

SBA Office of Advocacy announces Small Business Data Resource Tool. This tool lists online databases with information on small businesses role in the economy.

Incubating Success: Incubation Best Practices that Lead to Successful New Ventures, David A. Lewis, Else Harper-Anderson, Lawrence A. Molnar, 2011 University of Michigan

U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Where Companies are Hiring, Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, November 2011

Accelerating Regional Job Creation and Innovation, Jennifer Erickson and Sean Pool, Center for American Progress, November 2011

International Benchmarking of Countries' Policies and Programs Supporting SME Manufacturers by Stephen J. Ezell and Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, September 2011.

Collective Impact by John Kania and Mark Kramer.

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2011.

A Strategy for American Innovation, National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisors and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. February 2011

The Interagency of Enterprise Assistance Providers, by Carroll Thomas Martin

The Public Manager, Spring 2008

2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute and released by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, identifies key trends affecting the industry and the steps U.S. manufacturers can take now to be successful in the next generation.

The study surveyed more than 800 U.S. manufacturers nationwide. The findings show that this is a critical point in time for U.S. manufacturing, and manufacturers must assess whether they have the workforce, business systems, equipment and strategies in place to successfully compete in the future. While external factors, like the economic downturn present challenges, manufacturers can remain competitive by focusing on six strategies identified by the study as a blueprint for success.

Created October 3, 2011, Updated April 8, 2013