Institute of Politics

Small Business Development

In January 2017, the Economic Development committee discussed how best to develop and support small businesses, especially in distressed communities. During the discussion, the committee deliberated on the challenges surrounding workforce development for individuals with a criminal record, substance abuse disorder, and/or lack of marketable skills. The committee also addressed macro-level barriers, such as access to broadband or transportation systems. The committee remains determined to explore how to strengthen connections and collaboration between small businesses, entrepreneurs, and anchor institutions to drive business development.