Kennedy Smith talks to Mayors about How to Help Small Business

Date: 30 Nov 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR Senior Researcher Kennedy Smith talked to the Mayors’ Institute on City Design about how to help Main Street businesses survive the pandemic.

Kennedy, a commercial district expert, outlined a framework that mayors can use to support independent businesses and main street districts during the pandemic: provide urgent economic relief, help businesses adapt and pivot, and tackle systemic problems that have been laid bare by the pandemic.

Kennedy’s presentation is based on her recent ILSR report Safeguarding Small Business During The Pandemic: 26 Strategies For Local Leaders.

Watch her Mayors’ Institute presentation here.

You can also check out her Verdunity podcast interview about helping small businesses here.

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Kennedy Smith is a Senior Researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's Independent Business Initiative. Her work focuses on analyzing the factors threatening independent businesses and developing policy and programmatic tools that communities can use to address these issues and build thriving, equitable local economies.