Small and family-owned businesses are the backbone of any healthy community. Studies show that the health and abundance of neighborhood small businesses in a community directly relate to the health of the community as a whole.  We see lower crime, better education statistics, and overall community strength and resilience. Studies also indicate that small businesses help close racial and gender wealth gaps. 

A thriving middle class is key to a healthy state and is the foundation of our strength. These are important factors to understand and support, so we can provide a healthy future for generations to come.