Category Archives: small business

Entrepreneurs are Optimistic, But Policy Changes Can Help

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, […]

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Revitalizing Local Communities With Popup Shops

Local retail is a crucial to a community’s economic health and vitality. Local stores invest 68 cents for 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 […]

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

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 […]

Ten “Shocking Truths” About Small Business from Michael Shuman

The following compilation of shocking truths was presented by economist, author, attorney, entrepreneur and ComCap16 keynote speaker, Michael Shuman, during his session, Small Business is Not a “Day“, and is shared in no particular order, because they’re...

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An Inside Look at Oregon Division of Financial Regulation—Q&A with Rick Blackwell

Our state and federal regulators are on our side, and once you learn how to think like them it all gets a lot easier to make progress. That’s why we interviewed Richard “Rick” Blackwell, the Policy and...

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An Inside Look at Oregon Division of Financial Regulation—Q&A with Rick Blackwell

Our state and federal regulators are on our side, and once you learn how to think like them it all gets a lot easier to make progress. That’s why we interviewed Richard “Rick” Blackwell, the Policy and...

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Get ‘Em Young: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial and Investor Mindset

Future Entrepreneurs If you ask the average person whether or not they’re an investor, they’ll probably look at you confusedly, and they might mention that they have an E*Trade account. By the time most people are...

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Is Student Debt Crushing Millennial Entrepreneurship?

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 […]

Michael Shuman Gives Us the Facts on Local Economies

Any conversation about growing your local economy likely begins and ends with Michael Shuman. He is an internationally recognized expert on the topic—in fact, he wrote the book on the matter, or four to be exact. Michael Shuman is...

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

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 […]