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SAMRIDDHI WINS BIG FOR SMALL INDUSTRIES

June 26, 2017

In Nepal, small businesses make up 90 percent of the nation’s GDP. So when Nepalese group Samriddhi Foundation had the opportunity to lower the cost of doing business for entrepreneurs, they knew they had to act. According to research coordinator Akash Shrestha, Samriddhi has engaged extensively with the Nepal’s last three Ministers of Industry — with great success.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY IN CAMEROON’S INFORMAL JOB SECTOR

June 26, 2017

In Cameroon, the tax rate is so high and bureaucracy and corruption are so rampant that over 70 percent of small businesses operate in the informal sector. According to the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, the few small businesses that are formally recognized by Cameroon lose approximately 57 percent of their profits to taxes. So the Nkafu Policy Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon, is dedicated to changing these numbers by educating entrepreneurs and building a community of small business owners.

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THE LIBERTAS INSTITUTE MAKES SURE KIDS KEEP THEIR LEMONADE STANDS IN UTAH

June 23, 2017

Lemonade stands are legal again in Utah. The Libertas Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Utah, works to defend individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. In advocating for the home business owners of Utah, Libertas works with the state legislature in attempts to end the crushing bureaucracy — which recently impacted children selling lemonade.

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YOUNG AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH

June 23, 2017

The problem of free speech suppression on U.S. college campuses takes many shapes and forms. And Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) says it might all boil down to the lack of knowledge of how the First Amendment applies to college students.

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MEXICAN GOVERNMENT SPYWARE USED AGAINST ANTI-CORRUPTION THINK TANK

June 22, 2017

Juan Pardinas, the general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness [Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad-(IMCO)], an Atlas Network partner based in Mexico City, has been one of the targets of a sophisticated hacking scheme since 2015. Pardinas, his wife and a few others at IMCO received numerous threatening texts, among other things. The protracted ordeal was highlighted in a recent New York Times article.

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: AYESHA BILAL

June 21, 2017

Founded in 2013, Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) conducts research analysis and advocacy campaigns to influence economic policy toward free markets and limited government. PRIME’s Ayesha Bilal, a graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy and a former Atlas Network Smith Fellow, spoke with Daniel Anthony, Atlas Network’s vice president of marketing and communications, to share more of her personal story and some highlights from PRIME’s work in Pakistan.

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BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE THREE FOR THREE IN COURT RULINGS

June 20, 2017

Tennesseans celebrate as the Beacon Center of Tennessee gets another win under its belt. The Beacon Center, a Nashville-based Atlas Network partner, continues its lawsuit-winning streak by shutting down two overly bureaucratic licensure programs. These victories sound a sigh of relief for independent contractors, free-market enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs.

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