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The COVID-19 Crisis and Minority Business Recovery

By Bruce Katz, Kevin Gillen, Ben Preis, Victoria Orozco, Sharon Velasquez, Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor and Avery Harmon

July 1, 2020

The COVID-19 Crisis and Minority Business Recovery

As local and state governments move into reopening phases following a lengthy COVID lockdown period, the small business casualties are being seen in Main Streets and commercial corridors across the country. Of particular concern is the fate of Black-owned businesses amid this fallout, who are more susceptible to the economic impacts generated by the public health crisis.


This series of white papers analyzes the pre-COVID small business environment at the federal, state, county, and metropolitan level, in addition to offering researched guidance for policymakers seeking to stabilize and regenerate small business ecosystems moving forward.

Read the reports in this series here:


Small Business on the Eve of COVID-19 [PDF]

How States Can Grow Black-Owned Businesses [PDF]