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October 2016

In This Issue:

From the SBN Policy Desk: Is Online Lending Easing the Small Business Credit Crunch?

The credit pipeline for small business has been slow to unclog since the recession. Business owners are turning to alternative sources to cope with curtailed lending from traditional banks. Read the complete article here. 

The Vision for Philadelphia Commerce in 2020

“Rustbelt cities are experiencing an uptick, but can the turnaround count on us to provide the workforce?” In this line of questioning, Commerce Director Harold T. Epps foreshadowed the central pillar of a multifaceted strategy for achieving his vision of  Philadelphia commerce in 2020 when he joined the Entrepreneurs' Roundtable this month. Read the complete article here. 

Procurement as a Tool for Investing in Minority, Women, and Disabled-Owned Businesses

Philadelphia’s  economy will continue to languish not because too little money is being spent but as a result of where that money is being directed. In a city that is ‘majority minority,’  coping with high poverty, unemployment, low median household income, and vast gaps in wealth, the economy cannot reach its full and true potential unless minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses (M/W/DSBE) are reaching their full and true potential. Read the complete article here. 

Building the Case for Worker Ownership

Growing evidence of economic inequality has garnered much political and media attention. However, declining rates of entrepreneurship have not received nearly as much consideration as globalization, technological change, and stagnant wages.​ Read the complete article here. 
The Good Economist is the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia's (SBN) monthly policy communication, designed to inform members and others in our community about SBN's efforts to drive forward policy that benefits small and locally-owned businesses while also creating a sustainable economy in the Philadelphia region. SBN offers its members multiple opportunities to engage in our policy efforts.
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