Research & evaluation are core to our mission.

Our research and evaluation agenda focuses on existing small businesses in low and moderate income communities, business networks, and community resilience. By studying the complex systems that influence small business success in lower income communities, our research examines trends in growth opportunities, financing, and barriers to scaling small business.

OUR IMPACT

 
Every year since 2004, we have used a set of social and economic indicators to evaluate our entrepreneurs across the country.

2016 Impact Report
2015 Impact Report
2014 Impact Report
2013 Impact Report
2012 Impact Report
2011 Impact Report
2010 Impact Report
2009 Impact Report
2008 Impact Report

RESEARCH AGENDA

 
Every year since 2004, we have used a set of social and economic indicators to evaluate our entrepreneurs across the country. We use this data to evaluate our effectiveness promoting small businesses and energizing job creation in low- to moderate-income communities. If our business owners are successful, we’re doing our job.

WHITE PAPERS

 
Navigating Uncertainty

WHAT WE'RE READING

 
Bridging the Divide: How Business Ownership Can Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Bridging the Divide: How Business Ownership Can Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap

"This white paper outlines short- and long-term recommendations to address the racial wealth gap through business ownership strategies. In the short-term, continuing and expanding efforts to increase access to capital, skills, networks, and markets will be needed to realize the promise that business ownership holds for addressing the racial wealth gap. In the long-term, universal policies to narrow the racial wealth gap — such as those aimed at raising the quality of education, building savings, and increasing financial inclusion — will be critical."

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The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap Among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions

The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap Among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions

This new report from the Center for Global Policy Solutions uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners to find that "the country would produce an estimated 9 million more jobs and have $300 billion more in national income if entrepreneurship amongst people of color were proportional to their distribution in the labor force". The report features many plausible recommendations for policies to change this reality.

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The Color of Wealth in Boston

The Color of Wealth in Boston

This report discusses the racial bias for wealth accumulation, highlighting the Greater Boston Metropolitan area, using data collected in a recent National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) survey. The city of Boston is especially unequal and this inequality falls along racial lines more times than not. This reality affects everything from home investment, business ownership, and educational opportunities.

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Five evils: Multidimensional poverty and race in America

Five evils: Multidimensional poverty and race in America

"Poverty is about a lack of money, but it’s not only about that. As a lived experience, poverty is also characterized by ill health, insecurity, discomfort, isolation, and more. To put it another way: Poverty is multidimensional, and its dimensions often cluster together to intensify the negative effects of being poor." The authors in this article highlight the five dimensions of poverty (household income, education, concentrated spatial poverty, health insurance, and employment) and analyze how these factors often cluster together, making it even more difficult to break the cycle.

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