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Sunday, July 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Challenging a Rigged Market: Policy Tools to Enable Local Businesses to Thrive

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For too long public policy has rigged the market to favor big corporations, undermining small, locally owned businesses, especially those launched by women and people of color. Now local businesses and activists across the country are working to change the rules to instead support community enterprises. Join leaders of these efforts for a look at how cities and states can expand financing for local businesses, keep commercial space affordable, end corporate subsidies, better support entrepreneurs of color, and more. Participants will come away with concrete policy tools for building a robust ecosystem for local businesses, as well as new insights on engaging small businesses as allies in building a new economy.


Devita Davison, Co-Director, FoodLab Detroit

Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director, Local First Arizona

Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Chris Schildt, Senior Associate, PolicyLink


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Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona

Executive Director, Local First Arizona Foundation
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She's the executive director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization of over 2,500 local businesses working... Read More →

Devita Davison

Devita Davison is the Co-Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization committed to serving low-income entrepreneurs of color and sees good food entrepreneurship as a way to build power and resilience for traditionally marginalized people and communities. A native Detroiter... Read More →
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Stacy Mitchell

Co-Director, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and leads its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces in-depth research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned... Read More →
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Chris Schildt

Senior Associate, PolicyLink
Chris Schildt conducts research on equitable economic growth strategies, including best practices for advancing equity in job creation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Schildt researched job creation strategies at the University of California... Read More →
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Emily Sladek

Manager for Higher Education Engagement, The Democracy Collaborative
Assisting with the New Economy Action Project at CommonBound in Buffalo, NY 2016

Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Rockwell Hall 204