The following are a few economic development resources to following during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best & Emerging Practices and Toolkits from Global & National Networks
Just some of the national and global organizations that are synthesizing and churning out some great thinking and resources for economic recovery and resilience.
- Strong Towns
- Bloomberg Philanthropies
- Word Economic Forum
- Kauffman Foundation
- National Main Street Center
Connecticut Main Street Center Small Business Resource Library
A series of 10-15 minutes training videos for downtown managers and small businesses covering everything from e-commerce to social media. https://vimeo.com/showcase/connecticutmainstreet
Hello Alice COVID-19 Business Resource Center
A one-stop shop for funding resources, real-time policy info, digital resources for connecting with customers and more. For more information visit: https://www.covid19businesscenter.com/
Small Business Gift Certificates
Kabbage, an online lender, has transitioned to offer a service where businesses can set up a unique URL where customers can buy gift certificates from $15 to $500.
techstars COVID-19 Resource Guide
Advice and resources from techstars for the startup community. https://www.techstars.com/covid
A Facebook page that serves as a repository for entrepreneurial ecosystem builders to post resources specific to coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2608035679324447/
A COVID-19 capital relief resource for entrepreneurs everywhere. It is produced by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, with a small but active team of global consultants and volunteers, and in partnership with institutions worldwide. It contains a searchable database of over $1 trillion in COVID-19 cash relief resources available to small business and nonprofit entrepreneurs on six continents and 62 countries. covidcap.com
Help Main Street!
Help over 120k local businesses in all 50 states by ordering online, buying gift cards, or donating directly to provide critical cash support during the COVID-19 crisis. Check out the map to see if your businesses are listed: helpmainstreet.com
We have a map-theme happening. This is a comprehensive GIS and mapping database for economic developers. Mostly free resources. giswebtech.com/helpful-coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-economic-developers
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