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Belt Magazine

Randiah Green

7 October 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Programs like Motor City Match and Grown in Detroit help entrepreneurs launch Black-owned food businesses in Detroit. The businesses sell healthy foods in neighborhoods often lacking in nutritious options or in the in...

Social Voices

Nurudeen Akewushola

8 September 2021

Nigeria

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An alternative to traditional banking and ATMs is gaining popularity in Nigeria. Point of Sales centers bring banking services to people in both urban and rural settings, promoting financial inclusion and accessibilit...

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Oscar Perry Abello

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Locally owned restaurant delivery platforms charge lower commissions than national giants like GrubHub, allow customers to order food on smart-phone apps, and have found ways to be profitable while also keeping money ...

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Sakshi Udavant

3 June 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Akron, Ohio, is “creating a circular economy” in hopes of helping small businesses and encouraging residents to shop locally. A city-sponsored app, Akronite, is used by consumers to make purchases and earn reward poin...

Christian Science Monitor

Richard Mertens

3 June 2021

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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The Sewing Machine Project has helped thousands of people who rely on sewing as a livelihood. The organization refurbishes used sewing machines and sends them across the world. For some recipients, access to their own...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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In just its first few weeks of existence, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Restaurant Revitalization Fund approved more than $6 billion in aid to 38,000 restaurants and other food vendors suffering economicall...

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Oscar Perry Abello

18 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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“UNDSCVRD SF," funded by the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund and produced by the nonprofit Kultivate Labs, is a night market held once a month from July to November that features a range of Filipino vendors. There ...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

13 May 2021

Stilwell, Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Nation had a hard time sourcing personal protective equipment for health workers, citizens, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal leaders decided to use a portion of the CARES Act funding to cre...

Roar News

Helena Kudiabor

12 May 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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To reduce long wait times and exposure to health concerns amid the latest global pandemic, some coffee shops are experimenting with robot baristas. The robot barrista at Café X, in San Francisco, can make about 120 cu...

Canadaland

Tobin Ng

12 May 2021

Canada

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Digital news startups and platforms are contributing to the growth of independent media in Canada. The outlets are delivering news that can target specific groups and serve specific communities, as opposed to traditio...

Hardware Things

Chuma Asuzu

3 May 2021

Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Jirogasy developed solar-powered computers and, maximizing a partnership with an education NGO, has helped expand computer access among rural schools without access to a grid. Using internationally-funded grants, they...

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Rebecca Greenwald

30 April 2021

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Live Venue Recovery Fund offers a path for independent music operators to purchase their venue. The fund buys the properties, and collects rent, but are limited to a 12% return rate and the contract lays out a pat...

El Colectivo 506

Mayela Lopez

16 April 2021

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Sustainable rural tourism on the Osa Peninsula has been combined with economic prosperity in a campaign known as Caminos de Osa. A mentorship program matches experts with local entrepreneurs to successfully set up tra...

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Emily Nonko

8 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 8th Street Collective, a loose organization of Oakland food industry workers, and Oakland Bloom, a group that supports refugee and immigrant chefs, opened a new restaurant, bar, and community hub space. A team of ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

5 April 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Four local organizations have teamed up to provide $15 million in loans for the Latinx community in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The affordable loans have gone to affordable housing, small businesses, ...

Miami Herald

Yadira Lopez

28 March 2021

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Childcare centers are outsourcing administrative work through a pilot program that pools resources for a network of childcare providers. The alliances keep costs down, improve efficiency, and reduce the workload. The ...

Miami Herald

Yadira Lopez

28 March 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Parents in Miami-Dade county can now access an online directory of preschools and childcare options through prek.com. Research shows most parents find child care through word of mouth, which leaves those who are new i...

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Scottie Andrew

Maria Morava

28 March 2021

United States

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16-year-old Maayan Segal and her father launched Queeng, a deck of cards that represents gender equality and includes a range of racial and cultural identities. The first iteration sold over 50,000 decks but was re-de...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Angelica Marin

19 March 2021

Italy

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The Iron Dames is one of just three all-female professional racing teams that competes in Grand Touring endurance racing around the world. The group was founded to change the perception of women in the sport and they ...

Crunchbase News

Sophia Kunthara

16 March 2021

United States

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Gen Z VCs supports early-career and aspiring venture capitalists who want to become angel investors. The group was founded in November 2020, after the Securities and Exchange Commission loosened the rules about who ca...

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Oscar Perry Abello

16 February 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Firebrand Artisan Breads hires people with high barriers to employment, such as people experiencing homelessness or who were formerly incarcerated. The higher-than-minimum-wage starting salary, paid time off, and insu...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Kevin Riordan

15 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A long-running fund in Philadelphia has been able to help struggling small-business owners in the city since 1854. The Merchant Fund has been able to provide 67 businesses with $307,000 in grants since the onset of th...

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Oscar Perry Abello

28 January 2021

United States

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Cooperatives are getting the funding they need through a “nationwide network of loans funds and incubators that specialize in supporting and investing in cooperative businesses.” Coops lack access to traditional fundi...

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Fanni Daniella Szakal

28 January 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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Initiatives set up by NGOs and private-public partnerships aim to make innovation possible around the world and support sustainability entrepreneurs in countries that often don’t have access to those opportunities. Th...

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Oscar Perry Abello

26 January 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Baltimore is giving employees an “alternative to exploitation in traditionally-structured enterprises.” Employees at ice cream maker Taharka Brothers can eventually qualify for ownership,...

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