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Akron, OH launches the Targeted Help for Resilient Innovative Entrepreneurs (THRIVE) program

The City of Akron is launching the Targeted Help for Resilient Innovative Entrepreneurs (THRIVE) program to grow local Black-owned businesses. The THRIVE program will use a unique "medical rounds" approach that pairs entrepreneurs with a THRIVE Entrepreneurship Pathway Advisor (TEPA) to guide them through a suite of financial support and expert resources. The city hopes that the THRIVE program will create 200 new Black-owned businesses by 2030.

Business Engagement+4

Akron, OH

United States

Baltimore, MD launched the Black-Owned and Operated Storefront Tenancy (BOOST) Program

The City of Baltimore launched the Black-Owned and Operated Storefront Tenancy (BOOST) Program to support the long-term success of creative, Black-owned businesses in Downtown Baltimore storefronts. The BOOST program pairs creative Black-owned businesses with vacant storefronts, and connects them with technical and marketing expertise. The BOOST program offers up to $50,000 in grants to help select businesses expand to brick-and-mortar locations.

Business Engagement+4

Baltimore, MD

United States

Sun Prairie, WI is celebrating Parks and Recreation month with the "Fun Prairie" marketing campaign

The City of Sun Prairie is celebrating Parks and Recreation month in July with the "Fun Prairie" marketing campaign. The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation and Forestry department is collaborating with local businesses to promote special events and activities. The city is developing a a digital map-based guide, webpage, and mobile tool to highlight the events. The community is invited to participate in a free month-long game of BINGO where activities can be redeemed for prizes.

Business Engagement+3

Sun Prairie, WI

United States

Apeldoorn, GE refines the city center dashboard with virtual community feedback sessions

Apeldoorn installed sensors on lightposts throughout the city center in 2019. These devices send air quality and climate data to a publicly accessible dashboard. Local residents and business owners offer their ideas on how to improve the dashboard through virtual sessions. The first session asked participants what information they found valuable and how they consumed smart sensor data. Follow-up sessions will shape draft versions of the interface into a more appealing dashboard.

Business Engagement+3

Apeldoorn, GE


São Paulo, SP highlights agricultural impacts on local businesses with recognition program

Local agricultural businesses are eligible for free Aqui tem Produção de Sampa - Here we have Sampa Production- labels for their entryways. Each label includes a QR code that opens to the Sampa + Rural interactive map of area producers when scanned. Interested markets, farms, and associated businesses register through the platform to receive labels. City staffers visit applicants to confirm their usage of local farm products.

Business Engagement+1

São Paulo, SP


Newcastle, NSW turns local shops into tourist stops with Product Development Mentoring Program

Newcastle and project partner Sparrowly Group guided 15 businesses in the initial cohort. Shop owners received advice on creating in-demand services and bookable experiences. Mentors provided advice on online marketing and sales that can increase tourist access to local products. The program walked participants through local partnership opportunities that combine experiences, accommodations, and transportation.

Business Engagement+2

Newcastle, NSW


Juiza de Fora, MG trains sole proprieters and small business owners at the Entrepreneur's Room

Sala do Empreendedor - the Entrepreneur's Room - concentrates the city's small business services into a single hub. Entrepreneurs can request site analyses, review tax requirements, and attend free workshops by industry experts. Juiz de Fora opened the center in conjunction with a mayoral decree decreasing permit requirements for 430 business types. These measures create shorter timelines from business creation to legal operation for small-scale businesses.

Business Engagement+3

Juiz de Fora, MG


Magog, QC generates buzz for local shops and restaurants with J'Magog, J'achete ici campaign

Magog introduced this initiative to reconnect residents with retail experiences after COVID-19 lockdowns. The J'achete ici - or I buy here - campaign starts with local businesses registering for free participation. Shops are featured on the city's social media accounts throughout July and August 2021. Commenters on these posts are eligible to win a weekly drawing for a $150 CAD gift certificate. A final drawing for a $1,000 CAD certificate includes entries from all commenters.

Business Engagement+2

Magog, QC


Wandsworth Borough Council, GB supports growth in freelance businesses with BOOST incubator

The council partnered with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) on the one-year program. BOOST selects 15 local freelancers for free tutelage on expanding their businesses. IPSE hosts 30 online workshops and provides new templates for business functions each month. Selected freelancers receive four hours of consultation with an accountant and free access to a dedicated tax and legal phone service.

Business Engagement+2

Wandsworth Borough Council, GB

United Kingdom

Joondalup, WA drives City Centre Place Activation Plan with resident and business engagement

Joondalup started conversations about the plan with a drop-in ideas hub and collaborative public events. Residents were invited to pin location-specific suggestions and comments to an interactive map. City officials sent online surveys to households and businesses asking for their visions of a better city centre. This initial foray into community-driven activation planning acts as a template for future campaigns throughout Joondalup.

Business Engagement+4

Joondalup, WA


Melbourne, VIC incentivizes purchases at local eateries with Melbourne Money program

Patrons of Melbourne restaurants and cafes are eligible for city-issued rebates on their bills. Purchases ranging from $50 AUD to $500 AUD qualify for 20% rebates after receipts are uploaded. Melbourne approved a $8.4 million AUD budget for this program with rebates offered until funds are gone. This short-term program encourages restaurant goers to use their rebates on future purchases that support the local economy.

Business Engagement+2

Melbourne, VIC


Portland, ME is seeking proposals to design, market, and operate a municipal bike-share program

The City of Portland is seeking proposals to design, market, and operate a municipal bike-share program. The city collaborated with Downtown Portland and the Chamber of Commerce to conduct a limited survey of 92 businesses which indicated that 78% of local businesses strongly support the concept of a bike-share program. The city's goal for the program is to promote and encourage bicycling as a safe and sustainable mode of transportation for local trips.

Business Engagement+3

Portland, ME

United States

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