What cities should be doing for small business

small-business-jpg-1024x957They’re a major engine of job growth. Yet most economic-development strategies focus on big businesses.

By Janis Bowdler, Kim Zeuli | Governing

Small businesses are the backbone of urban economies: They play a critical role in creating jobs for local residents. Yet too often city leaders and economic developers are not prioritizing small businesses when allocating resources to drive growth, focusing their strategies instead on the attraction and retention of large businesses.

A new report by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City may make public officials consider shifting these priorities. The report provides compelling evidence that small businesses rival, and often exceed, the impact of large businesses when it comes to job creation.

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