What We Do

Three Divisions of Work

America’s future lies in the foundation and success of local business. Small business provides 85 percent of all job growth and accounts for 95 percent of all business in the nation. 

But especially now—in a time of shutdowns and reduced operations due to the COVID-19 emergency—local business is diminishing across the nation. A wave of local business bankruptcies seems inevitable. In addition, competition from big business, lack of supportive local business policies, economic development policies focused on big corporations, and a lack of community resource organizations make running a small local business difficult.

But with the right mix of policy, resources and education, the Local Business Institute can have a profound impact. The institute will be the only one of its kind in the nation, uniquely positioned to lead the country into the next era of small local business and sustainable communities.

local business owner life

Policy & Research

We plan and facilitate essential research to assist state and local government organizations, working to support their local business communities.


We provide both virtual and live, in person educational programming for business owners, workers and local leaders.

Our Projects

Economic Development

We’re working to build and nurture a truly sustainable eco-system for every local business community in the country.

“Small businesses provide the feeling that a real person is behind it all, someone who cares more about giving us a quality product or service, over just taking our hard-earned dollars.”

– Annie Bukhman