Tools & Resources

  1. Types
    1. Advocacy
    2. Business Network / Alliance
    3. Community Capital
    4. Community Economic Development
    5. Consultant
    6. Environmental Sustainability
    7. Food and Agriculture
    8. Funding/ Investment
    9. Hub / Aggregator
    10. Incubator / Accelerator
    11. Local Government
    12. Public Health
    13. Rural Community Development
    14. Technical Assistance
    15. Well-being
    16. Worker Ownership
  2. Themes
    1. Accelerate Collaboration
    2. Act Local First
    3. Co-Create Policy
    4. Cultivate Connection
    5. Prioritize Equity
    6. Regenerate Soil & Nature
    7. Share Ownership
    8. Shift Capital
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    Strategies for Financing the Inclusive Economy

    Field Guide, Report | Share Ownership, Shift Capital

    Worker-owned companies, social enterprises, and related models with broad-based ownership are increasingly being seen as highly valuable tools for stemming and reversing rising economic inequality. This guide seeks to demystify the financing of broad-based enterprise, and to show how and where these kinds of enterprises may be well positioned for job-creating growth.

    Policy Tools That Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

    Webinar | Co-Create Policy, Shift Capital

    For too long, public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations and undermine small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell recently joined with leaders and advocates at the CommonBound conference, held this year in Buffalo, NY, to discuss how, now, local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises.

    The Case for Restoring America’s Once Robust Antitrust Policies

    Report | Co-Create Policy

    People often write off the decline of small business in America as a result of market forces, but Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that it’s actually a failure of our once robust antitrust policy. They present three compelling reasons to bring a commitment to fair and open markets back into antitrust enforcement and public policy broadly, and outline several specific ways to do just that.

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