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Small business technical assistance - Publications


Bridges — Winter 2017-2018

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects, and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for CRA officers, academics, and government officials that work in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Feature articles in the Winter 2017-2018 issue include: New St. Louis Fed Tool Dives Deep into Community Investment; Cash on Hand Is Critical for Avoiding Hardship; Connecting a Memphis Community to the Built Environment through Equity; Investment Connection: The St. Louis Fed’s New Approach to CRA; CRA: An Examiner’s Perspective – Questions to Ask Workforce Development Partners; and more.

Coming Up with the Money: Five Principles for Launching a Successful Community Development Initiative

This guide, designed especially for those new to the field of community development, also serves as a refresher and resource for those who don’t engage in financing projects regularly or those who would like to consider new partners and new tools for upcoming projects.

Bridges — Spring 2017

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for CRA officers, academics and government officials that work in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Feature articles in the Spring 2017 issue include: Memphis and Beyond: Assessing the Market for CRA Investment; Does College Level the Playing Field?; Back to the Future: Financial Capability in Social Work Practice; CRA: An Examiner’s Perspective – Train for Results!; Entrepreneurship and Re-entry: Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative; and more.

Communities & Banking magazine, spring 2017

Read about C&B's transformation this fall into our new online magazine, Invested. Our spring 2017 feature article shares valuable lessons from the Boston Fed's Working Cities Challenge, an ongoing initiative to help smaller industrial cities in New England tackle social and economic problems. Also in this issue, we learn about the perils and abuses of land installment contracts, the value of community benefits agreements, and how entrepreneurship breeds opportunity in minority communities. Other articles highlight the importance of anchor institutions to local businesses, how "gamified" financial education seems to reinforce smart savings decisions, and we see evidence that pay-for-success approaches to preventing formerly incarcerated youth from reoffending can turn young lives around. Finally, we examine recent changes in the prospects for renters in New England.

The Geographic Scope of CDFI Activity in the Southeast

The second issue of Community Scope 2016 examines the patterns in geographic service provision by respondent CDFIs in urban, rural, low- and moderate-income (LMI), underserved and distressed markets and areas.

Community Development Financial Institutions in the Southeast: Surveying the Social Investment Landscape

Volume 4, Issue 1 2016 of Community Scope uses the results of the 2015 survey to present timely key findings on CDFI activity in the Southeast, including capitalization, demand, capacity, non-lending programs and services, and impact investing.

Creating a smarter, faster, better approach to serving low-income communities

A conversation with Dave Glaser, president of Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation, on how his organization is adopting more effective ways to pursue business and housing development. From Community Dividend, a publication of the Minneapolis Fed.

Bridges — Summer 2016

Bridges is a quarterly review of regional community and economic development issues, projects and regulatory changes for practitioners from community-based organizations, as well as for CRA officers, academics and government officials that work in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Feature articles in the Summer 2016 issue include: All Low- and Moderate-Income Areas Are Not Created Equal; Moving First-Time Buyers Off the Fence: Solving the Millennial Homebuyer Puzzle with Proven Online Solutions and Partnerships; Innovative Partnership Brings Hope to Small Towns; Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Fueled by Students and Faculty; Impacting Homelessness in Missouri; and more.

Fostering entrepreneur development in North Minneapolis

A conversation with Marcus Owens, president of NEON, who is working to expand opportunities for low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs and help them build wealth. From Community Dividend, a publication of the Minneapolis Fed.

Microbusiness in the Fifth District

Microbusinesses, which consist of 1-4 full-time employees, open and close at a faster rate than larger firms. During the Great Recession, the Fifth Federal Reserve District saw a greater decrease of microbusinesses in percentage terms than the nation as a whole. Still, some counties in the Fifth District actually experienced net increases in microbusinesses. Find out which county bucked the trend the most and experienced the greatest net increase by reading this issue of 5th District Footprint, published December 2015, which offers a look at microbusinesses in the Fifth District before and after the Great Recession.

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