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Turning the small business crisis into an opportunity for equitable employee ownership

Small business owners are facing catastrophically bad choices these days, with half predicting they will be forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis. Meanwhile, nearly 40 million workers have lost jobs and are struggling to get by, as evidenced by miles long lines at food banks and a brewing eviction crisis.

How investors can blend finance for CDFIs to advance economic and racial justice

Community development finance institutions have long been “first responders” to small businesses in historically underinvested communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has in stark terms revealed the degree to which those same communities are subject to the impacts of systemic racism and an economy built on poor-quality jobs. This moment in time requires each of us—community lenders,

Business founders embrace equity crowdfunding to raise capital during COVID

Founders finding it harder to raise from institutional or accredited investors during the pandemic are having success with friends and neighbors, peers and the growing community of non-accredited investors looking to make a small but important impact.

Remittance fintechs meet the COVID moment

ImpactAlpha, August 20 – U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed summed up COVID-19 like this: “We are facing a human crisis unlike any we have experienced.” That crisis is exacerbated for many Africans because of the prevalence of other conditions: malnutrition, relatively high rates of tuberculosis and HIV, poor sanitation—all of which elevate the risk of