Tag: small business

Small Cities Looking to the Future

When you think of the word “city”, what do you picture? Is it skyscrapers rising over the horizon? Or is it industry — people in suits pouring over state-of-the-art laptops? Maybe it’s billboards glittering with the latest advertisement and lights that just don’t seem to turn off. So often when we think of cities, we

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Five Strategies For Growing Small Businesses in 2018

Last year, Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network on small business development, convened several times to discuss innovative new approaches for supporting local businesses. Many of these successful  strategies are ones you should considering implementing in your own city. Below is a brief recap of our key strategies from 2017. Leveraging Libraries

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Five Ways to Celebrate National Small Business Week

Small businesses are an essential component of a strong local economy. Our nation’s small businesses not only create well-paying jobs, they also deliver vital goods and services, generate local sales tax revenue, and contribute to the unique character and livability of neighborhoods. It’s National Small Business Week (May 4-8, 2015). How is your city celebrating?

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Retention and Attraction Strategies for a Balanced Retail Sector

This is a recap from Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network helping local governments accelerate effort to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. To learn more, email robbins@nlc.org. Neighborhood institutions, such as the Empress of China restaurant in San Francisco, are often forced to close their doors due to escalating rent prices

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Supporting Small Businesses through Economic Development Offices

This is a guest post written by Jason Rittenberg. Incubators. Microlending. Accelerators. Crowdfunding. From rural areas to large cities, from the middle of the country to the coasts, today’s economic development entities — and their jargon — are all-in on encouraging small business finance. Communities are increasing their support with good reason. Small businesses account

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What Makes a City Business Friendly?

This is a guest blog post by Jon Lieber, Chief Economist at Thumbtack.  Every year local lawmakers are flooded with studies purporting to tell them what makes their city a good (or in some cases, bad) place for business. The same city can receive a high grade in one report and a low grade in another

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Big Ideas for Small Business 2014 – Best Practices Report

The National League of Cities’ new toolkit, Big Ideas for Small Business, discusses important strategies for how local leaders can be better advocates for entrepreneurs and small business in cities. The report provides guidance on how to create an ecosystem that supports small business growth. Below are some initial next steps that local leaders can

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It’s National Small Business Week – What’s Your City Doing to Celebrate?

Today marks the launch of National Small Business Week (May 12-16), an annual event hosted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize and support local entrepreneurs and small business owners. As a cosponsor, NLC encourages you to take some time this week to engage with your local small business community, whether it’s through an

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Cities Lead on Entrepreneurialism and Economic Opportunity

This is the first of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?”  America is a country of entrepreneurs, inventors, and idea creators. From this nation’s founding, new ideas have driven our grand

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Ride Sharing: The Big Opportunity for Cities

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar present cities with the opportunity to radically transform transportation in their communities. If cities make use of the lessons they are learning from work with car share firms like Zip Car and with bike share programs, they are likely to achieve remarkable success in the newest iteration of the sharing economy.

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