Now is the Moment to Advocate for Small Business: A Kauffman Conversation

Date: 9 Sep 2020 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a wide-ranging conversation about the critical role policy plays for small businesses – especially given the confluence of factors in 2020 – Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation, talked with Brandy Bynum Dawson, director of Advocacy for the NC Rural Center and Stacy Mitchell, co-director of ILSR.

The conversation focused on several topics, including the policies needed to encourage rural entrepreneurship, the need for government to put more emphasis on helping small businesses rather than big businesses, the impact of the pandemic on small business, and the barriers faced by entrepreneurs of color.

Even acknowledging that it has been a rough year, the participants agreed that now is an opportunity to advocate for the needs of small business, given that many Americans have realized how much they’d been taking their local businesses for granted.

The video, which you can watch on the Kauffman Foundation’s website, is divided into 6 short segments:

  • Segment 1: Leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs
  • Segment 2: Challenges faced by rural small businesses
  • Segment 3: Impact of the pandemic on small businesses
  • Segment 4: Barriers faced by entrepreneurs of color
  • Segment 5: Government’s role in the marketplace
  • Segment 6: Recommendations to support small business

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Susan Holmberg is Senior Editor and Researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Independent Business Initiative. She writes on corporate power and inequality and has been published in the New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, The Nation, and Democracy Journal.

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its Independent Business Initiative, which produces research and designs policy to counter concentrated corporate power and strengthen local economies.