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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1587         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 191

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Karen E. Spilka

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with state agencies.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Karen E. Spilka

Second Middlesex and Norfolk

John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Daniel A. Wolf

Cape and Islands

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Katherine M. Clark

Fifth Middlesex

Jeffrey N. Roy

10th Norfolk

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1587        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 191

By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 191) of Karen E. Spilka, John D. Keenan, Martha M. Walz, Paul McMurtry and other members of the General Court for legislation to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with state agencies.  Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with state agencies.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 6A of the General Laws as appearing in the 2010 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 7A the following new section:

              Section 7B. Each secretary may, without regard to chapter 31, appoint an entrepreneur-in-residence to provide services to the executive office for a period not to exceed 2 years. An entrepreneur in residence shall be a full-time employee of the executive office and shall report directly to the secretary.   The duties of an entrepreneur-in-residence shall include, but are not limited to,  assisting the executive office and agencies in improving outreach to small business and entrepreneurs to address their concerns and provide information regarding the work of the executive office and agencies;  provide recommendations on inefficient or duplicative programs, if any;  provide recommendations on methods to improve program efficiency and new initiatives;  facilitate meetings and forums to educate the executive office and agencies about small business needs and concerns and to educate entrepreneurs on programs or initiatives of the executive office and the agencies;  facilitate in-service training sessions for employees of the executive office and agencies on issues related to the impact of the work of the executive office and agencies on the success of entrepreneurs and small businesses; provide technical assistance or mentorship to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

              A person appointed to the position of  entrepreneurs-in-residence shall be recognized by their industry peers as successful in their field; have demonstrated success in working with small businesses and entrepreneurs; and have developed, invented, or created a product and brought the product to the marketplace.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 7of the General Laws as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after section 4R the following new section:

              Section 4S.  The secretary may convene a working group of the entrepreneurs-in-residence appointed under section 7B of chapter 6A to discuss best practices, experiences, obstacles, and opportunities in each of the executive offices where the entrepreneurs in residence serve, and to make recommendations for collaboration among the executive offices in order to improve programs and initiatives which impact small businesses.

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