Tag Archives: Local Business

Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities

How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? This webinar illustrates how Mark Miller’s forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic... Read more

Preserving and Supporting Businesses in Historic Neighborhoods

​Small local businesses contribute to the vitality of older neighborhoods. In addition to offering essential service, they serve as community anchors and contribute to a neighborhood’s unique sense of place. Join the National Trust for Historic Preservation and NeighborWorks America to learn about two efforts in San Francisco, CA and Houston, TX that are working to preserve and support businesses in historic neighborhoods. Register now... Read more

The Place Value Economy: Growing Local Business through Economic Gardening

​Emerging from a program established 30 years ago in Littleton, Colorado, economic gardening has taken root as a powerful approach to support local economic development. Economic gardening focuses on “second stage” companies—those that are beyond the start-up phase—providing them tools and information to help reach new customers or expand into new markets. This Community Builders webinar will discuss the concepts, benefits, and strategies communities can use to strengthen businesses and highlight successful strategies for economic gardening in rural communities. Eligible... Read more

Scaling Small-Batch Food Production in Cities: Land Use Lessons from Incubator Kitchens and Manufacturers in Boston, DC, NYC

​Food production is an industry cluster that can thrive in every city; however, while many cities have sufficient shared kitchen space for nascent small-batch producers, many of them are unable to find affordable space once they’re ready to scale their business. As these businesses are ready to grow, we must identify best practices to help keep real estate accessible and affordable to keep small and growing food and beverage producers—and the jobs they create—in cities. This webinar from the Urban... Read more

“Made in Baltimore” Label Designed to Boost Local Economy

​In Baltimore, there are very few entry-level jobs for those without a college degree that pay enough to support a small family. Giving small businesses the extra boost of being backed by a city-led marketing campaign can help them scale, and create jobs that are good quality and accessible to those without higher education. They’ll be able to put the “Made in Baltimore” logo on their product label, or in their storefront window, but they’ll also benefit from technical support... Read more

As Communities Evolve, Public City Markets Strive to Remain Relevant

F​aced with slim profit margins and new competition, Baltimore’s public market operators are refocusing on the roles these institutions were always intended to play: serving their neighborhoods with healthful, accessible foods, and supporting local entrepreneurs. Read more... Read more

Why Small Business Matters: What Local Government Can Do to Support This Vital Economic Engine

Why should local government managers be concerned about small business? Small businesses with less than 500 employees constitute 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States and 97.7 percent of all U.S. exporting companies, and they account for 48 percent of all employees within the private sector. But maintaining the health of small businesses is a complicated issue that encompasses demographic shifts, youth entrepreneurial education, financing options, economic development incentives, philanthropy, and much more. Read more... Read more

Advancing Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Business Growth in Urban Manufacturing: Lessons from Portland and Cincinnati

As entrepreneurship and the innovation economy continue to gain traction in cities across the nation, how can we ensure inclusive participation in low-income residents and communities of color? In this webinar from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, learn about initiatives in Portland, OR, and Cincinnati, OH, that have successfully helped people of color launch and expand innovative, high-tech, and high-growth businesses in their communities. Register now... Read more

Detroit to Test Out Zoning for the “Urban Life We Want”

Plenty of cities want to boost small business development, but that’s harder to do when zoning and regulatory requirements stand in the way. In a bid to ease some of those burdens, Detroit is sourcing designs for revived neighborhood main streets. According to the Detroit News, the city has put out a call for urban planners, architects and designers to propose concepts for walkable, mixed-use development in three commercial sites. Those designs will then be tested against the city’s zoning... Read more

City Report: The Storefront Index

​City Observatory created the Storefront Index as a means to measure the presence and density of destinations that contribute to the economic and social fabric of an area. When clustered together, these customer-facing retail and service businesses—think retail stores, restaurants and beauty shops—shape walkability, activate public spaces and make cities better places to live and work. The Storefront Index is a powerful, accessible tool that planners and civic leaders can use to understand the structure and performance of their economies... Read more
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