This report compiles findings from focus groups and roundtable discussions with rural small business owners and other small business stakeholders in four states, as well as the results of a national poll of rural small business owners. The report also features recommendations for policymakers and service providers to increase opportunities for rural entrepreneurs.
North County Incorporated is an economic and community development advocacy not for profit organization serving the North St. Louis County community since 1977. We build business, civic and community partnerships to collaboratively work on education, healthcare, economic development and transportation concerns that impact the residential and business climate of the region.
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.
The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center supports entrepreneurship in the St. Louis urban area by providing classes, business coaching, loan packaging and education on Empowerment Zone tax credits.
The Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce strives to represent the special interests of all businesses in the Greater Poplar Bluff Area and to be the leader in economic and community development in Southeast Missouri. The chamber's mission is to provide leadership and service to promote economic growth and industrial development to the greater Poplar Bluff area.
The Business Alliance for a Sustainable Economy - Kansas City (BASE KC) is an alliance of local, independent businesses committed to the economic, environmental and social betterment of the Greater Kansas City area. The Alliance provides a local network of socially and environmentally responsible businesses for mutual support, education and growth.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s workforce. We depend on them to keep local communities and economies thriving, which in turn boosts our national economy. But in the current fiscal climate, many of them are having a hard time turning a profit. Now is a better time than ever to help them get back on their feet, and scientific opinion polling reveals that small business owners in New Mexico believe protecting their region’s natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies.
New scientific polling in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico shows small business hiring of lower-level employees is diverse, but more can be done to increase diversity in the hiring of upper-management employees. Additionally, some small employers plan to hire or promote in order to increase the diversity of their high-level workforce within the next few years.