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Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid. That is wildly off. It is actually only 1% of the federal budget. Second fact: just 1% of that 1% goes toward promoting…

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Open-Fire Stoves Kill Millions. How Do We Fix it?

Making dinner shouldn’t be fatal. But millions of people in the developing world die each year from illnesses linked to smoke spewing out of crude stoves—a scourge that has frustrated experts for decades. Now a Washington, D.C.-based group with a new…

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Poor and in Poor Health

Research has shown a link between poverty and poor health. People with more income tend to be healthier and live longer. What explains the connection? Many factors.

Read the three page Poverty Fact Sheet from the Institute for Research on Poverty …

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A Millennials' Guide to Financial Capability

Millennials have their financial work cut out for them. Compared to older generations, America’s younger adults (those aged 18 – 34) are more financially vulnerable and face greater financial challenges.

Read more at A Millennials’ Guide to Financ…

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Who is poor?

Official national poverty data are calculated using the Census Bureau definition of poverty. This measure has remained mostly unchanged since it was introduced in the 1960s, other than to be annually adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price In…

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About Us

The goal of Progress Through Business and the Center on Business and Poverty is to support innovative writing and community projects related to employers who participate in social enterprise. The Center on Business and Poverty is an initiative of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science and Progress Through Business is a sister organization of the Center’s.

The mission of both organizations is focused on:

Writing guest editorials for significant print and online publications about social entrepreneurship.

Composing weekly columns for the Deseret News and the Telegraph Herald, respectively the flagship periodical of the 20th largest print and online media group in the US and the largest newspaper and online presence in Northeast Iowa. Through syndication and copying, our pieces are seen weekly in as many as 20 periodicals.

Helping run online financial literacy and free tax preparation programs for employers.

To learn more about Progress and the Center click here: Our History