American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy
What are the challenges and opportunities facing American entrepreneurs in today's 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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Video Extra

Austin, Texas has been ranked among the best cities in America to start a business. Will Golden, the co-founder of a local brewing company called Austin Beerworks, explains why.

Featured Experts

Karen Kerrigan
Karen Kerrigan is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise. Kerrigan provides counsel to governments and business associations across the world regarding entrepreneurial development.
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Jeffrey Robinson
Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. He is an assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship and the founding Assistant Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School.
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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

This program was made possible with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. Special thanks also to Global Entrepreneurship Week, Endeavor Global, Startup Weekend, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Kauffman Foundation.

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