American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

There is bipartisan consensus that unleashing America's entrepreneurial potential is vital to reviving the economy. Yet, there are many challenges facing today’s entrepreneur, from local regulatory and tax burdens to federal visa restrictions. This month’s episode of America Abroad : "American entrepreneurship in a Global Economy" explores the topic in depth and is part of a four-part series on entrepreneurship. 

American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy / Produced by Niala Boodhoo, Steven Cuevas, Martha Little, Andrew Uhler, A.C. Valdez and Jonathan Zinger, with additional production help from Flawn Williams. / Web Producer: Philippa Levenberg / Images courtesy of 1871 and Flickr Creative Commons contributors: Bruce Turner, Peter Kaminski, pleweki, ajagendorf25 and ebayink /Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: October 2012

Special thanks also to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Endeavor Global, Startup Weekend, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Kauffman Foundation.

Chicago’s tech industry: Reviving the Rust Belt

Chicago has a long history as an industrial and manufacturing hub. But as those jobs move overseas, Chicagoans have had to find new entrepreneurial opportunities. Niala Boodhoo brings us the story of how the former Rust Belt is transforming itself into an entrepreneurial tech center.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs

As the U.S. economy slowly recovers, lawmakers are realizing the critical role that immigrant entrepreneurs will play in the process. Host Ray Suarez speaks with New America Foundation fellow Alexandra Starr about why the U.S. needs to reform its visa policies and how it can make the business environment friendlier for immigrants, especially those from Latin America.

'Keepin’ it weird' in Austin


Low taxes, minimal regulations, and simple licensing procedures make Austin, Texas one of the nation’s friendliest environments for starting a business. Andrew Uhler reports on how the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign has made the city a hub for American entrepreneurship.

California’s culture for commerce

Some of the world's biggest food chains, such as Taco Bell, were started in Southern California’s Inland Empire region. Yet today, it is one of the most expensive places in the country to run a business. Steven Cuevas reports from San Bernardino and Riverside on the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the Golden State.

The Global Impact of American Entrepreneurship

In this roundtable discussion, host Ray Suarez talks with Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council and Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise, and Rutgers University business professor Jeffrey Robinson, about American entrepreneurship, how it can be strengthened, and what the U.S. can learn from other countries.

Supported By: 
The John Templeton Foundation