August is #NationalBlackBusinessMonth. Founded by Black entrepreneur Frederick E. Jordan Sr and historian John William Templeton, National Black Business month brings awareness to the strengths and struggles of Black founders in the United States. Black-owned businesses with employees represent an estimated 2% of all employer businesses. Black, minority and historically underrepresented … [Read more...] about How Economic Development Can Support Black Businesses
For the last two years, we’ve put together an annual report which summarizes what we’ve accomplished for the year with the help of our public and nonprofit partners, our thoughts and plans on where we are headed, and overall trends which impact the small businesses we support. This has been a time for us to reflect and reset at the beginning of the year, looking at goals and asking ourselves … [Read more...] about What it means to be mission based
In a 2020 survey from Mainstreet America, only 53% of small retailers used e-commerce strategies during holiday shopping. Surprising, considering that the growth of online commerce has drastically changed the retail industry in the last few years. Online commerce remains an untapped resource for many small businesses, and represents a key area of focus for economic developers centered on … [Read more...] about Economic Opportunity for Small Businesses In The Digital Age
Welcome! If you are new to our community or just stopping by to learn more about what we do, we are happy to have you! Visit our “how it works” page to learn how we work with local community and economic development organizations to help small businesses thrive. If you aren’t familiar with our origin story, we are born of small business owners ourselves. Our founders, Cherie and Rob Edilson … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Member Marketplace Inc Blog!