Report: Small Business’s Big Moment

Date: 24 Jan 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the biggest challenges facing America’s towns and cities is leveling the playing field for small businesses. Our new report shows how civic leaders can use the American Rescue Plan to do just that, which will provide communities and local economies with lasting benefits for decades to come. … Read More

Watch Now: Small Business’s Big Moment

Date: 20 Jan 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On February 10th, 2022, ILSR and Main Street America hosted a conversation about how communities can use some of their federal American Rescue Plan Act allocations to support small business growth and development. The webinar was based on a new report by ILSR that outlines a dozen ideas for using American Rescue Plan Act money to cultivate and support small businesses. … Read More

Watch: New Wave of Federal Recovery Funds Can Rebuild Main Street

Date: 13 Sep 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Future Cities conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Kennedy Smith moderated a panel discussion about how cities can leverage federal recovery funds to revitalize their commercial districts, create more small businesses, and reduce racial and economic inequality.… Read More

Special Delivery: Our Report Shows How Local Delivery Services are Superior to the Big Apps

Date: 25 May 2021 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Unlike the predatory Wall Street-backed apps, local delivery services charge lower fees, support restaurants, keep wealth in the community, and demonstrate that when it comes to food delivery, local delivery models are better and more efficient.… Read More

Rebuilding Small Business for a Robust Recovery: A Federal Policy Agenda

Date: 3 Dec 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this policy brief, we argue that moving aggressively to rebuild small, independent businesses and reverse the concentration of corporate power would produce a more vigorous, equitable, and stable recovery. We lay out two dozen policy recommendations across a 6-point agenda to enable independent businesses to weather the pandemic and thrive and grow in its aftermath. … Read More

Policy Brief: Local and State Governments Have Marshalled $9.27 Billion for Small Business Relief

Date: 19 Oct 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our research has found that cities, counties, states, and community organizations have established more than 800 programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses in the wake of the pandemic. These programs have deployed more than $9.27 billion in grants and loans. Yet the funds are running out. Congress should address the unprecedented crisis facing small business by quickly providing the resources local governments need to do this important work.… Read More

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