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Obama Administration to hold roundtable discussion at Chatham University

Startup America - Reducing Barriers

As part of the White House's Startup America initiative, senior Obama Administration officials will visit Pittsburgh to meet with entrepreneurs and hear directly from them on ideas and suggestions for reducing barriers and improving regulations to build a more supportive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Officials attending the event include Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Fernandez, Deputy Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Teresa Rae and Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisors Ronnie Chatterji.

The Startup America initiative will support startups and entrepreneurs, giving them the tools and resources to grow America's economy and win the future. Using the input from the roundtables and broader public participation, the Administration will produce a report highlighting ideas to streamline and simplify unnecessary barriers to America's entrepreneurs and innovators.

What:Startup America: Reducing Barriers Roundtable
Where: Chatham University
1147 Murray Hill Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
April 28, 2011

Entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in attending the events can learn more by emailing Anyone unable to attend the Pittsburgh event can submit their ideas for reducing barriers to Ideas submitted to the online platform will also be included in the final report.



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"Startup America" is a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. This coordinated public/private effort brings together an alliance of the country's most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders, working in concert with a wide range of federal agencies to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of America's entrepreneurs.

This mission to promote entrepreneurship is a core component of President Obama's national innovation strategy for achieving sustainable growth and quality jobs. Not only do startups bring a wealth of transformative innovations to market, they also play a critical role in job creation across the United States. Those entrepreneurs who are intent on growing their businesses create the lion's share of these new jobs, in every part of the country and in every industry. Moreover, it is entrepreneurs in clean energy, medicine, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other fields who will build the new industries of the 21st century, and solve some of our toughest global challenges.

The core goals of Startup America are to increase the number and scale of new high-growth firms that are creating economic growth, innovation, and quality jobs; celebrate and honor entrepreneurship as a core American value and source of competitive advantage; and inspire and empower an ever-greater diversity of communities and individuals to build great American companies.

When signing the Small Business Jobs Act, and again when proclaiming the first-ever National Entrepreneurs' Day this past fall, President Obama called on leaders from throughout the business, nonprofit, and university communities to join together with his Administration's efforts to promote the success of more entrepreneurs across America. The initiatives announced today are the initial response to this "call to action," uniting a range of public and private commitments to:



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