Amid the grunt work of launching and running a small business, an opportunity to focus on the more intellectual aspects of entrepreneurship can be refreshing. Growthology, a new blog recently launched by the Kauffman Foundation, lets business owners and budding entrepreneurs alike share their insights into topics ranging from economics, to labor laws, to urban development.

The blog will be overseen by Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kansas City, Mo.-based advocacy group, and economist Tim Kane. It includes short essays, commentary on timely publications, and posts by guest contributors.

"Our ambition is for to become the best source for cutting-edge thinking about entrepreneurial economics, both as a place to brainstorm growth acceleration and as a place to go for links to the best thinking on the subject," Kane said in a statement.

The blog is available at

Fast-Track Tips

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development, a Durham, N.C.-based group, will offer its 11th annual FastTrac TechVenture program starting June 17th. The series of 10 weekly classes will be held at the FAU Research Park in Boca Raton, Fla., and will offer guidelines on developing an elevator pitch, an executive summary and a comprehensive business plan.

The course is developed by the Kauffman Foundation and will include guest speakers and one-on-one workshops. Topics range from market analysis to IP protection and growth management. Companies can send one representative for $595 or additional participants for $200 each.

Innovative Learning

Business leaders scouting for new recruiting methods and employee policies can get tips at the National Employers Summit on June 20th. The event will be held at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C, and is sponsored by Business and Professional Women Foundation.

Scheduled speakers include Tammy Erickson of the Harvard Business Review, who will discuss workforce trends, and Muriel Watkins of The New York Times Company, who will offer tips on using the language of diversity.

As part of the summit, the Business and Professional Women Foundation will launch the first issue of Successful Workplaces Digest, a guide to developing inventive workplace programs. Contributors include Ernst & Young, the Labor Department, Sprint and Accenture.

Published on: May 28, 2008