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Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice


Developing small businesses is a way to concentrate wealth, employ city residents, improve neighborhood amenities, and provide entrepreneurial role models in urban neighborhood communities currently bereft of such. In a city where well over half of the resident population belong to groupings of people traditionally in the minority, and whose ranking is high in terms of concentrated poverty, nurturing existing and new small minority business enterprises makes good policy sense and offers a systematic intervention strategy to alleviate poverty. This report has been completed to help leadership organizations such as the Urban League of Greater Cleveland and policy-makers such as the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County look for ways to adapt their program initiatives to address the concentration of poverty in the city of Cleveland through small business development. A number of recommendations have been offered throughout this report that focus on providing support and technical assistance to small businesses, which comprise the overwhelming majority of enterprises in the region.