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Obama's 'Startup America' team visits Durham

Posted March 3, 2011

Economic advisors from President Barack Obama’s administration and representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration kicked off their eight-city “Startup America” tour in Durham Thursday, meeting with entrepreneurs to find out how the government can help create more jobs and revive the economy.

Specifically, the team wanted to find out how to encourage startup businesses and to find out what is keeping small-business owners from expanding, as well as what could be done to help them grow.

Executives from several local businesses, including Blue Bright Ventures, Geomagic and Zenph Sound, took part in the meeting.

The Startup America team’s next stop is in Austin, Texas on March 12. Other stops include Boston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Boulder, Colo.

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  • gunny462 Mar 4, 2011

    So the Obama admistration waits over 2 years, THEN sends ppl out to see how to jump start small biz? wow...... Guess thats how hopey changey works.

  • mrcrosbys Mar 4, 2011

    What a waste of tax payers money. Is this adminstration so out of touch tht they are sending a grop of people around to select cities to see what the problem is. I can make it easier for Barry. Barry look in the mirror, see the problem now?

  • lovethesouth1 Mar 4, 2011

    Flying cheetah... Your comment is quite ignorant in that you assume I have a problem listening to other people's ideas. These people aren't meeting with ME, and I have no problem with the meeting. I was merely, sarcastically, pointing out that Obama obviously has no idea how to create jobs, thus sending out the worker bees. Goodness... have a sense of humor already.

  • stevejack70 Mar 4, 2011

    alrightee then

  • flyingcheetah92 Mar 4, 2011

    lovethesouth1: I don't understand why you have an issue with listening to other peoples ideas. If people in positions of power never listened to the people underneath them then we would not be anywhere close to where we are as a society now. In addition asking entrepreneurs seems to makes sense on a couple of different levels, first because they as a whole employee a large portion of our workforce as well as contribute to a large portion of our GDP. They are also innovative and have found a way to make things work at least once in their company so they seem to be pretty good candidates to at least listen to find out what else might work.

  • lovethesouth1 Mar 4, 2011

    "...meeting with entrepreneurs to find out how the government can help create more jobs and revive the economy."

    How ironic... Obama supporters trying to find out how to create jobs since they're leader can't.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 4, 2011

    Quit wasting money on Obama's Socialist agenda and programs. Then lower taxes. It's simple.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 4, 2011

    For Durham to have more jobs, they need to lower the crime rate in Durham.

  • com_mon_sents Mar 3, 2011

    You've got to be kidding me, using tax dollars to pay the "Startup America" team to go around and see what we think would work?!?! HELLO, man, this guy gets worse and worse each day. That shows you he hasn't listened, he doesn't want to listen along with staffing his cabinet with people that are clueless as he is. GOD HELP US ALL!

  • beachboater Mar 3, 2011

    “Startup America” tour in Durham Thursday, meeting with entrepreneurs to find out how the government can help create more jobs and revive the economy.

    We don't need or want the government to create jobs. That's where almost all of the new jobs have come from in the last 2 years. More government workers. A non-production drain.

    But that's right in line with what Obama thinks. The government can manage our business better than we can. Socialism has been proven to fail.

    Obama said that he favored a redistribution of wealth through taxation, and he was still elected. What will happen when the government cannot borrow any more money? What if China cuts us off? What will happen when the government has no money to pay all the welfare recipients?

    I hope you will able to protect yourself and your property because some people will certainly try to redistribute wealth through theft by whatever means necessary.

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