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Helping Main Street businesses weather the coronavirus superstorm

Without fast and targeted action, we could face a “Main Street bloodbath that...will very soon decimate local economies across the country for a long time,” warn New Localism Advisors’ Bruce Katz, Blueprint Local’s Ross Baird and The Governance Project’s Colin Higgins.

How community investment funds are building resiliency to disasters, pandemics and economic shocks

“What does it mean to be friends and family to one another, in a way that is rooted in trust?” asks Runway Project's Jessica Norwood. “What was made visible for us by the coronavirus is we are all so interconnected, and the investment has to feel that way.” 

Backstopping local economies and small businesses in a global pandemic

The U.S. government is weighing bailouts for big hotel and cruise companies. Entrepreneurship advocate Victor W. Hwang tweeted, “America needs more bailing out of little people who make and create things, like products we need and jobs that pay the bills.”

Only the decisive survive. Will your business?

Over the past seven years, our venture funds have invested in more than 60 early- and growth-stage startups in emerging markets (ex. China). Many are thriving, some are challenged but still growing, and some are just hanging on. None have Softbank-level funding, yet. That means that the impending shock to the business climate of emerging