Helping education entrepreneurs and school leaders navigate the procurement maze | American Enterprise Institute

Key Points

  • The procurement of new education products or
    services is frequently complicated by a maze of regulations that create
    confusion among district officials, vendors, and policymakers about what can
    and can’t be procured.
  • Whether a good or service is “allowable,” or how
    to pay for it, often comes down to interpreting key terms in regulations and
    statutes; two examples underscore the merits of creating terms mutually
    understood among stakeholders.
  • The active collaboration required among school
    officials, vendors, and policymakers to make sense of terms in ways that make
    good on the promise, intent, and guideposts of policy could accelerate the
    feedback loop between policy and practice.

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COLUMBIA — The Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), in partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension, is now accepting applications for the third-annual curriculum program for agribusiness innovators.

“Over the past three years, our ACRE program has helped dozens of entrepreneurs take their agribusinesses to the next level, boosting innovation and showing the ingenuity of South Carolina agribusiness,” Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said.

The six-session program offers an overview of business planning and management, including preplanning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability and financial statements. Participants will also pitch their business plans to an agribusiness panel for the opportunity to be awarded $5,000 ($25,000 total in awards).

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The Donald Trump administration has been cracking down on the coveted H-1B work visa by portraying that immigrants steal American jobs. New research, however, debunks that perception.

Immigrants in the US act more as “job creators” than as “job takers.”

Immigrants are 80% more likely to be entrepreneurs than natives in the US, according to a July 2020 study. “This is not just small businesses like restaurants and laundromats, but also high-growth ventures like Tesla and Google that go on to create thousands of jobs,” Daniel Kim, study author and assistant professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told Quartz.

The study, authored by Kim and Pierre Azoulay (professor at MIT), Benjamin Jones (professor at Northwestern Kellogg), and Javier Miranda (economist at US Census), was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

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