SOURCE: Kauffman Foundation

Kauffman Foundation

April 28, 2009 14:36 ET

Tele-News Conference Media Advisory: Kauffman Foundation Reports on 2008 Entrepreneurship Rates

Find Out How Demographic and Geographic Startups Trended During the Early Stages of the Recession, Thursday, April 30, 2009, 1:00 p.m. EDT

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - April 28, 2009) -

WHAT:   How did business startups fare in 2008 as the recession was
        building? What kinds of businesses were launched? Which states are
        leading the nation in entrepreneurial activity? What are the
        demographics of new business owners? Is entrepreneurial activity
        suffering in the current recession?

        On April 30, 2009, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will
        release the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 1996-2008,
        a leading indicator of new business activity that provides the
        earliest documentation of new business development across the
        United States. The Index -- the only annual study that measures
        this level of business startup activity for the entire U.S. adult
        population -- shows subtle shifts in business types and
        demographic, geographic and ethnic makeup of the entrepreneur in

        Members of the media are invited to dial in and post questions
        during this live tele-news conference.

WHO:   * Robert E. Litan, vice president of Research & Policy, Kauffman
       * Robert W. Fairlie, professor of Economics and director of the
         Master's Program in Applied Economics and Finance, University of
         California, Santa Cruz

         Among the discussion points to be presented at the teleconference:

         -- Report's relevance to current economic challenges
         -- Current demographics of new business owners in the U.S.
         -- Rate of entrepreneurial activity during the current recession
         -- Highest- and lowest-ranking states for entrepreneurial activity

HOW:    Dial, toll-free:  877-723-9520; enter confirmation code: 5023743

WHEN:   Thursday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. EDT

ATTEND: To RSVP and receive an advanced, embargoed report, contact
        Rossana Weitekamp, 516-792-1462,

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