A Planner's Toolkit to Reboot Small Businesses

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about a strategy that rebuilds a foundation for a more resilient and inclusive small business economy.
  • Identify place assets and funding to reboot small businesses for both short-term success and long-term transformation.
  • Explore the full potential of financing structures to channel capital to support small businesses getting back on their feet.

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COVID-19 profoundly impacted small businesses — with minority-owned the hardest hit. The pandemic also sparked creativity as some small businesses in survival mode pivoted and adjusted their business strategy. Explore targeted initiatives that deliver tangible impact quickly, smart investments in place assets, and financial tools and structures to mobilize a foundation for ecosystem change. Learn about cross-sector tools; successful community applications; and innovations for funding, investing, and resourcing the growth of small businesses for better long-term outcomes.

The pandemic exposed inequities baked into the economic system, and planners must rethink basic assumptions about bouncing back to a pre-COVID economy. Explore the application of new approaches — a roadmap, targeted investments, and small-scale manufacturing — to empower systemic transformation.