Radio Release - American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

Radio Release - American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy

(Washington DC – October 4, 2012) America Abroad’s October radio documentary is “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. Explore the topic in-depth on this month’s episode of America Abroad: American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy.

Segments include:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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