Homework Gap Hits Communities of Color Harder

Date: 4 Aug 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Millions of students do not have access to adequate connectivity, but Black, Latinx, and Native children are disproportionately impacted by the “homework gap.” One study found that children in one out of every three Black, Latinx, and Native American households did not have broadband access at home.… Read More

Report: 26 Actions Local Leaders Can Take to Help Small Businesses Weather the Pandemic

Date: 29 Jul 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s latest report describes 26 actions that community leaders — including local governments, local business groups, nonprofit organizations, business improvement districts, and other entities — can adopt to help small businesses weather the crisis. … Read More

Update: PPP Loan Data Continues to Show that Big Bank Consolidation has Hampered Small Business Relief

Date: 15 Jun 2020 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After Congress authorized a second round of PPP funding in May, news stories suggested that the big banks, like JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, were picking up the pace and catching up to small banks. Yet data on total PPP lending through June 6 continue to show that a greater presence of big banks in a state correlates with fewer relief loans made to small businesses.… Read More

How Cities and States Are Stepping up to Help Small Businesses in Crisis (Episode 101)

Date: 28 May 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco talks with Kennedy Smith, Senior Researcher with ILSR’s Independent Business initiative, about efforts at the state and local level to support small businesses affected by the pandemic.… Read More

Report: Fewer Small Businesses are Receiving Federal Relief Loans in States Dominated by Big Banks

Date: 29 Apr 2020 | posted in: Banking, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A significantly larger number of federal relief loans are reaching small businesses in states where small, local banks comprise a greater share of the market, compared to states where big banks are more dominant, an ILSR analysis has found. … Read More

ILSR & Allies Urge Congress to Act on Small Business Crisis

Date: 14 Apr 2020 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses shuttered by COVID-19 are at risk of closing for good in the coming weeks. To protect Main Street jobs, workers, and businesses while they hibernate and adapt to save lives during the pandemic, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has joined a range of allies in demanding a federal small business aid program that meets this moment.… Read More

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