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Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

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Emily Nonko

8 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 8th Street Collective, a loose organization of Oakland food industry workers, and Oakland Bloom, a group that supports refugee and immigrant chefs, opened a new restaurant, bar, and community hub space. A team of ...

Grady Newsource

Abir Saberi

17 March 2021

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Georgia’s Racial Justice Centering Committee, part of the University of Georgia’s United Campus Workers, runs the Racial Justice, Labor, and the South Book Club at the Avid Bookshop. The moderator-led discussions prov...

KLC Journal

Stan Finger

8 January 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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A handful of entrepreneurial individuals in Kansas have found success in starting businesses during the pandemic by leveraging customer needs and pandemic relief funding. Although this business plan isn't "foolproof,"...

The Boston Globe

Julia Hotz

24 December 2020

Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States

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A community currency was introduced to boost the local economy in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. $133,000 worth of BerkShares, as the currency is known, are in circulation and accepted by small businesses in ...

KXAN-TV

Alyssa Goard

12 October 2020

Texas, United States

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, small business in Texas are struggling to stay afloat. A university sponsored crash course might help struggling businesses find solutions catered to their community. 58 communities partic...

Mission Local

Hayden Manseau

22 September 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dinin...

Rafu Shimpo

Tomoko Nagai

Gwen Muranka

5 September 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Business counseling for struggling entrepreneurs has been crucial for small businesses trying to get back on their feet in the aftermath of the shutdown. The Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program was specifica...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

23 August 2020

Marion, Ohio, United States

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The city of Marion, Ohio, has allocated an alley for use as a community hub where diners can eat, families can frolick, and revelers can listen to live music. The space has benefitted the local economy, encouraging re...

FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

30 July 2020

Ohio, United States

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Local businesses in Northeastern Ohio pivoted their operations to manufacture supplies needed to fight Covid-19 in an effort to fill a dire public need while preserving jobs for their employees. Employees were trained...

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Gregory Scruggs

9 July 2020

Tenino, Washington, United States

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Facing the economic strain from the financial fallout caused by the coronavirus crisis, Tenino is printing its own money like it once did in the wake of the Great Depression. The small town in Washington has issued at...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Eduardo Costa

3 July 2020

Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, the Guanacaste Chamber of Fishermen, known as CPG launched an initiative to help local fisherman making a living during the pandemic. Most of them sold their product to hotels, but due to the pandemic, ...

The Hustle

Michael Waters

12 June 2020

Tenino, Washington, United States

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The town of Tenino, Washington has begun to print their own unique money during the coronavirus pandemic to both ward of the economic fallout and help those who are facing financial insecurity. Similar to efforts from...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

2 June 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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In Montana, a group of professionals were brought together to collaborate on the pandemic recovery effort underway in Bozeman, with the economic development director at the helm. Known as the Bozeman Economic Recovery...

USA Today

Jessica Guynn

21 May 2020

Warrenton, Virginia, United States

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As the U.S attempts to reopen, restaurant owners from California to Florida are expanding their restaurants into nearby outdoor space, including sidewalks and parking lots. In doing so, they are able to offer patrons ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

30 April 2020

United States

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CNote has provided a source of funding for federally certified Community Development Financial Institutions by pooling cash from foundations, bigger banks, philanthropists, and donor-advised funds to counter the lack ...

The Art Newspaper

Lisa Movius

20 April 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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South Korea's successful response to the pandemic goes beyond containing the virus; it has also supported its art scene at a time when the arts seem to be on the backburner. Commerical galleries have been allowed to r...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

15 April 2020

Syria

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A combination of agencies, charities, and business owners have been working toward the goal of rebuilding Syrian cities by focusing on souks, or markets, dating back centuries. Bringing the souks back to life was a re...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Jeff Lunden

11 April 2020

United States

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Theaters across the country have been forced to find virtual alternatives to reach their audience. For the price of a ticket, theater companies are offering access to videos of recorded shows with links that expire af...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

24 February 2020

United States

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Black Girl Ventures levels the playing field for women of color who seek capital for their business ventures. Entrepreneurs are invited to pitch their ideas at crowdfunded sessions, which means the funding varies depe...

Pioneers Post

Pedro Lira

7 February 2020

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Empowering young entrepreneurs fosters new, sustainable, and inclusive approaches to design and fashion. In Brazil, designers from Aglomerado da Serra, a favela in Belo Horizonte, are using up-cycling to make a more s...

The New York Times

Eduardo Porter

27 January 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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Universities situated in the right market have proven to jumpstart innovation and technological hubs across the country, from San Diego to Boston. Now, Portland, Maine is testing out the economic impact and growth of ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

14 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Founded in Pittsburgh, Honeycomb Credit expands to Philadelphia as a way to offer small businesses help with microfinance challenges. The company hosts a platform that allows businesses to create fundraising profiles;...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

7 January 2020

Gothenburg, Sweden

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With a sustainable, multi-sector collaboration-based approach to urban planning, the cities of Gothenburg, Sweden and Málaga, Spain both won a "Smart Tourism" award to jumpstart 2020. Gothenburg utilizes app technolog...

Governing

David Kidd

7 January 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In 2016, the city of Rochester, NY partnered with Kiva—a crowd-funded microlender—to serve aspiring or established small-business owners. Their partnership offers interest-free loans, and already 20 of the loans have ...

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