Topics Under Tag: "policy"

Arizona fintech sandbox

Arizona Creates a Fintech ‘Sandbox’ to Encourage Innovation

Locavesting Staff | March 27, 2018

Arizona has become the first state to create a regulatory “sandbox” for financial innovation—a safe harbor of sorts that allows financial-tech startups to test out new products, services and business models without getting bogged down in costly regulations. Similar sandboxes have been set up in the UK, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Australia to encourage […]

Entrepreneurs are Optimistic, But Policy Changes Can Help

Locavesting Staff | March 1, 2018

The state of entrepreneurship is… optimistic. That’s according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which presented its 9th annual State of Entrepreneurship address on Wednesday. Although entrepreneurship as a percent of the population is just half of what it was a generation ago, the trend has been ticking up in recent years. And entrepreneurs, it seems, […]

A Report Examines How Rising Rents Are Hurting Local Businesses, and What to do About it

Amy Cortese | April 22, 2016

Affordable housing has been a focus of policymakers for years. But skyrocketing real estate is displacing more than families: it’s also forcing thousands of small independent businesses from their commercial spaces. A new report pulls back the curtains on the increasingly precarious reality of small businesses in America today, at least those in cities and […]

The Policy Behind All Those Neighborhood Ribbon Cuttings

Oscar Perry Abello | February 3, 2016

The five brothers of the Shina family emigrated from Iraq to the United States more than 30 years ago. They purchased their first grocery store, at 14424 Schaefer Highway on the west side of Detroit, in 1994. They now own and operate 14 grocery stores throughout the metro area. On Wednesday last week, their original […]

Kauffman Foundation: Six Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Locavesting Staff | October 19, 2015

How do you create an entrepreneurial ecosystem? It’s the question that launched a thousand programs. We know that new business creation is a driver of economic growth and vitality. So, naturally, a lot of effort has been invested in trying to spur entrepreneurship. Over the past several years, the focus has shifted from narrowly-focused programs […]