Investing in an inclusive small business ecosystem
The NC Rural Center’s advocacy program, Rural Counts, has doubled down on their efforts to create a more resilient, inclusive, and equitable small-business ecosystem through sound public policy. This work has grown and evolved over the past year, but it has all led to the development of the NC Small Business Coalition.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Rural Center’s Small Business Coalition efforts and have my voice heard as a Latina business owner,” says Nora Anaya, owner of the food truck Ta Contento. “I encourage small-business owners across North Carolina to participate, to elevate our opinions, in support of all entrepreneurs across the state.”
Part and parcel of the Coalition comes an endorsement of North Carolina’s New Small Business Plan, a bipartisan, small-business policy agenda informed by the experiences and voices of our state’s entrepreneurs. NC’s New Small Business Plan adapts the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s America’s New Business Plan to North Carolina’s specific needs, and emphasizes four key points:
Read NC’s News Small Business Plan and its recommendations here.
By building a diverse, entrepreneur-led coalition and advancing a bipartisan small-business policy agenda informed by research and the experiences of North Carolina’s entrepreneurs, we are collectively creating a more equitable and sustainable small-business ecosystem and setting North Carolina’s current and future business owners up for success for years to come.
We’re always seeking new members! Learn more about the NC Small Business Coalition and how to get involved here.