Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Small businesses are an essential component of a strong local economy. Our nation's small businesses not only create well-paying jobs, but also deliver vital goods and services, generate sales tax revenue, and contribute to the unique character and livability of neighborhoods.

Local leaders are in a unique position to help support and develop small businesses. Business owners must work with their local governments to acquire permits and licenses, and to schedule inspections. But more and more, cities are taking this relationship one step further by providing additional tools and resources to empower business owners and help foster a strong small business community.

    Asheville’s Efforts to Support and Attract Entrepreneurs
    This case study explores Asheville NC's efforts to support entrepreneurs. This is the second of a two-part series exploring innovative local government programs to support entrepreneurs.

    A Local Perspective: Littleton's Economic Gardening Strategy  

    Chris Gibbons, director of business/industry affairs for the City of Littleton, Colo., writes for Nation's Cities Weekly on "Economic Gardening", a strategy he helped create more than two decades ago.  The program has helped double the job base in Littleton from 15,000 to 30,000 and triple the retail sales tax from $6 million to $21 million over the past 20 years.