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Asset Funders Network released a report that reveals the current economic reality for millennial women
Grameen America released the early results of a research study, “Microfinance in the United States.”
Upstart Co-Lab published the white paper, “The Community Reinvestment Act and the Creative Economy.”
CDFI Coalition released a report showcasing the work of many CDFIs across the country (including several CAMEO members).
SBA’s Office of Advocacy published its Small Business Economic Bulletin for March 2019.
CDFA released a white paper on how traditional development finance tools can be used to demonstrate the viability of the food system as an asset class.
The SBA Office of Advocacy published a fact sheet titled “Small Business Facts: What Is the Status of Bank Credit to Small Businesses?”
Square and Thumbtack surveyed over 900 female small business owners across the U.S. to better understand the gender stereotypes women face in their business lives.
Babson College’s U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor features a National Entrepreneurial Assessment. Read the 2019 report.
Prosperity Now just released their 2019 Scorecard. This year’s Scorecard includes an expanded focus on racial economic inequality, while also highlighting the themes of financial assets and income; businesses and jobs; homeownership and housing; health care; and education.
The Aspen Institute published a new report that explores entrepreneurship pathways for opportunity youth.
The 2019 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity outlines the California Economic Summit’s plans to advance progress in the state.
Upwork released their 5th annual “Freelancing in America” report.
The Democracy At Work Institute and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives released a report on worker-owned businesses in the United States.
New research from the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Minneapolis, Richmond, and St. Louis examines CDFI partnership formation, development, and sustainability.
The Milken Institute and the SBA released a report on the outcomes of their Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets initiative.
The National Women’s Business Council wrote a report that profiles millennial women entrepreneurs.
A new report produced by Asset Funders Network reveals the growing economic fragility of single women 45-65 years of age.
The SBA and the Federal Reserve of New York just released a report on access to capital for veteran entrepreneurs.
Accion and Opportunity Fund conducted a study to understand how small businesses perform after receiving capital from mission-based lenders. They tracked 500 clients to observe sustainability, sales, profit, and employment capability. Some of the highlights: the majority of small businesses that obtain loan funds from mission-based lenders remain in business 2-3 years after receiving capital; over 50% increased in sales and profits, and small business owners who received loan funds experienced increased feelings of competence and confidence. The findings present a case for the importance of mission-based lenders to the goal of creating financial inclusion for underserved entrepreneurs.
The new 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express does a fantastic job of measuring successes. Four out of every 10 businesses in the United States is now women-owned. It also shows us the challenges. Women-owned businesses still see only 4.3% of total revenues and 8% of all employment.
Emergent Research released “MBO Partners State of Independence in America,” a study which offers insights into the growth of the independent workforce.
The SBA Office of Advocacy released “One Year of Equity Crowdfunding: Initial Market Development and Trends.”
The SBA Office of Advocacy Research released “Why Do Businesses Close“, using U.S. Census Bureau data, and found that over the last 25 years, about 7–9 percent of employer firms close every year and a slightly higher share open. Many reasons for closing are personal.