Topics Under Tag: "small business"

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, […]

Marion + Rose popup shop

Revitalizing Local Communities With Popup Shops

Anne Field | March 3, 2017

Local retail is a crucial to a community’s economic health and vitality. Local stores invest more of every dollar they receive back into their neighborhood. They also increase the perception that a block is less vulnerable to crime and, as result, boost safety, says Sarah Filley, the founder of Popuphood, a startup that incubates small businesses […]

Spurring Rural Entrepreneurship: 8 Innovative Business Models That Don’t Break The Bank

Becky McCray | June 3, 2016

Starting a business in a small town or rural place isn’t easy. Financing can be a major roadblock. In some small towns, local banks may not support unproven business owners. In other towns, the formerly-local banks are now owned by out-of-town conglomerates with far-away loan approval committees. In still other rural places, there simply aren’t […]

Is Student Debt Crushing Millennial Entrepreneurship?

Locavesting Staff | January 27, 2016

Mention the words entrepreneur or founder, and images of ambitious, be-hoodied youth might arise. Thanks to Silicon Valley, youth and entrepreneurship are intertwined in the popular imagination. But the reality is starkly different. Millennials lag behind older age groups in starting and running their own businesses. And a new study suggests that student debt loads […]

The Research is Clear: Local Business is Good for What Ails The Economy

Olivia LaVecchia | January 14, 2016

Here at Locavesting, we always perk up when we see the Hometown Advantage Bulletin land in our mailbox. Put together by Stacy Mitchell & team at the Institute for Local Self Reliance, the newsletter is always full of insightful articles and research on local economy issues. In fact, for 40 years, ILSR has been at […]

A New Index Shows Main Street Entrepreneurship on the Rise

Locavesting Staff | December 11, 2015

It was a good year for Main Street entrepreneurs. A new Kauffman Foundation index of small business entrepreneurial activity showed a large increase in 2015, marking the first big gains since the onset of the financial crisis six years ago. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has long been a champion of entrepreneurship, especially the kind […]

Government Grants for Small Businesses? You bet.

Amy Cortese | February 6, 2015

Ron Flavin is a San Francisco-based growth and funding strategist and the author of Business Grants: Everything You Need to Know to Connect with Local, State and Federal Grants for Business. Just 5% of federal grant funding goes to for profit businesses—and most of that is earmarked for research & development related to technology, energy, healthcare […]