Entrepreneurship

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    Forcing a 20th century model of collectivism on NC’s gig economy?

    The act would try to enforce a 20th century model of collectivism on a different world. In the name of enriching and empowering unions, it would disrupt untold numbers of mutually beneficial relationships between entrepreneurs and companies in North Carolina. 
    Jon Sanders, February 7, 2020
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    Innovators and Entrepreneurs To The Rescue

    Fascinating story in Bloomberg News about the reality and problem of behemoth wind turbines that have reached the end of their working life. A wind turbine’s blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they can’t just be hauled…
    Donna Martinez, February 7, 2020
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    Martin Center column focuses on ‘myth’ of entrepreneurial universities

    Zak Slayback writes for the Martin Center about a misperception involving universities and entrepreneurship. Politicos and pundits praise American universities for their entrepreneurialism. Founders of tech companies get honorary degrees and give commencement speeches. Student orientations include sessions bragging about the startup resources students have on campus. Schools even…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2020
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    Snapshot of the Day: Wage Growth

    Deroy Murdock of National Review points us to wage growth data, which goes against a prevailing media/progressive narrative about today’s economy. He writes: Never mind the liberal lies. Hard data reveal this reality. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s monthly Wage Growth Tracker shows that…
    Donna Martinez, January 13, 2020
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    Overeducated and underskilled

    Another new paper finds that colleges are increasingly the wrong way to go for good jobs, producing debt-ridden graduates who are “overeducated and underskilled.” Instead of college, Veronique de Rugy and Jack Salmon of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, suggested apprenticeships and on-the-job training will become the…
    Joseph Coletti, December 18, 2019
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    Charlotte 6th easiest city to do business in North America

    A new report examines how easy it is to do business in cities around North America. The  start a business, register a property, get electricity, find and keep employees, pay taxes, and get through insolvency. Charlotte ranks sixth on the index, behind Oklahoma City, Arlington (VA), Sioux Falls,…
    Joseph Coletti, October 28, 2019
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    $15 Minimum Wage Is Hitting NYC Restaurants Hard!

    “Unexpectedly!” From a recent Catalyst article: Minimum wage hikes are bringing unintended consequences to the Big Apple. They’re especially pronounced on the Upper West Side, where a neighborhood staple recently shuttered its doors due to the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage. At the end of September,…
    Jon Guze, October 16, 2019