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Entrepreneurship and the Next CARES Act

This text first appeared on The New Localism and is co-authored by Christopher Gergen, Nic Gunkel, Bruce Katz, and Victor Hwang As Congress negotiates the next COVID-19 relief package, it is clear that the size and incentives...

Two Americas, One Path Forward

In 1963, during what is arguably his most well-known speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. imagined a time when Blacks in America would be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin. The events of the past days in this country have many of...

Trovo Co. Finds CO.STARTERS

Editor’s note: This article is part of a larger series called Solution Stories, which illuminates how Forward Cities is helping to guide in cities across the country. For background on the specific approach taken in communities like New Kensington, please visit the...

Developing Rapid-Response Plans for Cities to Help Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in This Time of Economic Crisis

As the extent and impact of COVID-19 becomes more apparent, entrepreneurs and small businesses are on the front lines of its devastating impact–and with their demise comes potentially catastrophic economic losses for local communities. According to JP Morgan Institute, 50 percent of small businesses have less than 30 days of cash on hand. With 50 percent of Americans working for or owning a small business, the failure of our small business economy could have a widespread and long-standing impact on our unemployment rates and put even greater financial stress on families who are already on the financial brink. This is particularly true of Main Street businesses and families in under-connected and under-resourced communities.

How Neighborhood Navigators are Improving Access to Resources for Entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, like many post-industrial cities, has struggled to center equity in its economic development strategy. As one of Forward Cities’ Community Entrepreneurship Accelerators, we hope to address the lack of equity in entrepreneurship as quickly and as effectively as possible.

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Eze Redwood

This interview is part of the "Ecosystem Builders" series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here.Q:What is your deeper “why” behind your commitment and work to support inclusive entrepreneurship in Kansas City?  A: Starting out in both...

Testing New Methods of Flexible Credit Delivery for Entrepreneurs in Indianapolis

Editor’s note: This article is part of a larger series called Solution Stories, which aim to tell the story of the work Forward Cities is helping to guide in cities across the country.  For additional background on the specific approach taken in communities like...

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Chef Esra England

This interview is part of the "Ecosystem Builders" series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here.Q: What is something that’s happening in Kansas City right now that you are excited about?  A: I am really excited with the growth and...

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Edgar Galicia

This photo of Edgar Galicia (far left) was provided courtesy of Latino Arts Foundation and is from its quarterly Latinx CEO Meet and Greet with the Community event.This interview is part of the "Ecosystem Builders" series. More information about the ESHIP Communities...

ESHIP Communities Ecosystem Builder: Dan Smith

This interview is part of the "Ecosystem Builders" series. More information about the ESHIP Communities program can be found here.Q: What is something that’s happening in KC right now that you are excited about? A: The ESHIP buzz is exciting not only for the Kansas...

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