Small Business Anti-Displacement Network

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The Small Business Anti-Displacement Network is a network of organizations across the United States and internationally that work to prevent displacement of BIPOC- and immigrant-owned small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods. Housed at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth, SBAN includes policymakers, nonprofit advocates, technical assistance providers, real estate developers, financial institutions, scholars, and small business owners, who share knowledge and collaborate to advance innovative policies and practices that keep small businesses in place.

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    Keeping Small Businesses In Place: Voices From the Field
    (Small Business Anti-Displacement Network, 2023) Reemberto Rodriguez (Editor); Willow Lung-Amam (Editor); Gerrit-Jan Knaap (Editor); Katy June-Friesen (Editor); Dejuan Johnson (Editor)
    In 2022, SBAN awarded case study grants to 11 organizations to fill critical gaps in research about what small business anti-displacement strategies are effective. The case studies contained in this report are the result of a year-long process, during which the SBAN team worked with author organizations from diverse neighborhoods and metropolitan regions to tell stories about effective small business anti-displacement strategies. These cases come from four countries, including many regions of the United States, and offer varied perspectives for scholars, policymakers, small business support organizations, and others who support BIPOC- and immigrant-owned businesses. Authors outline solutions such as community property ownership, culturally relevant technical assistance, Main Street models, new types of small business loan financing, unionization, construction disruption assistance, and cultural heritage preservation. While the authors provide lessons that individual organizations can employ, they also make clear the collective policy response needed at all levels to support small businesses so they can remain vital anchors of stable, equitable, and thriving neighborhoods. Case study author organizations: San Francisco Heritage, San Francisco Institut de Recherche et d’Informations Socioéconomiques, Montréal Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago Purple Line Corridor Coalition, Washington, D.C., Metro Area Latin Elephant, London Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco The Allapattah Collaborative CDC, Miami Inclusive Action for the City, Los Angeles Binita Mahato, Auburn University | Kolkata District Bridges, Washington, D.C. Ventures Nonprofit, Seattle
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    Small Business Anti-Displacement Toolkit: A Guide for Small Business Advocates
    (Small Business Anti-Displacement Network, 2024) Nohely T. Alvarez; Bi’Anncha T. Andrews; Willow S. Lung-Amam; Katy June-Friesen
    The Small Business Anti-Displacement Toolkit is designed to equip small business advocates with tools to preserve small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods. First published in 2021, the toolkit outlines seven strategies: commercial preservation and property improvement, local hiring and entrepreneurial support, tax credits and incentives, zoning and form-based codes, commercial tenant protections, community ownership, and place-based management. It details nearly 30 tools for implementing these strategies, provides examples of anti-displacement efforts in neighborhoods across the country and abroad, and discusses how advocates can push policies to keep small businesses in place. The second edition (2024) includes updates on place-based management, tax credits, and community ownership tools. It draws on what SBAN has learned from its network of more than 150 members about how municipalities and community-based organizations are supporting BIPOC- and immigrant-owned businesses.