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Michael Shuman

Cofounder and Research Director

Cutting Edge Capital

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Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books.  His most recent book, just published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense:  How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. He is a cofounder and research diretor with Cutting Edge Capital LLC and a founding board member of BALLE. At Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps communities and businesses solving finance challenges, he manages its economic-development initiatives. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years. He has lectured in almost every U.S. state and eight countries. He is a fellow with the Post Carbon Institute.

Area of Expertise

  • Local economic development
  • Local public policy
  • Local investment
  • Local food movements