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.

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

 
Cities Building Community Wealth

Cities Building Community Wealth

"In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Can we create an economic system - beginning at the local level - that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone?" Check out 20 cities that are "showing us the way forward"

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Five Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network

Five Steps to Building an Effective Impact Network

Clarify purpose. Convene the right people. Cultivate trust. Coordinate actions. Collaborate generously. Network entrepreneurs utilize those five steps to cultivate "an exponential increase in growth and scale beyond what their own organization could accomplish."

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Will Hospitals Become the New Vanguard in Urban Economic Development?

Will Hospitals Become the New Vanguard in Urban Economic Development?

The importance of hospitals to our quality of life extends well beyond the healthcare services they provide. They are also major drivers of economic growth.

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