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Aug 03, 2022

Road to Recovery: The State of Southeastern Small Businesses

As the United States continues to wrestle with the implications of COVID-19 and create a new normal for getting things done, at least 50 percent of firms in the Sixth District reported poor or fair financial conditions. Partners Update article examines disproportionate financial barriers in small businesses and businesses owned by people of color.

May 26, 2022

Initiative Focuses on Economic Inclusion

The Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative will explore ways to make cities more vital and prosperous for all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, and geography. Partners Update discusses the initiative and the Atlanta Fed's role in it.

Aug 17, 2021

Have Workers Decided Money Matters Less Than It Used to?

They say money talks, but does it speak more softly to workers in today's job market? This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations with regional contacts to learn more about business leaders’ observations.

Jun 29, 2021

Not Quite Sunny: The State of Southeastern Small Businesses during COVID

Partners Update examines state-level data from the Federal Reserve's Small Business Credit Survey on five states in the Atlanta Fed's District, comparing them with national results.

Apr 30, 2021

Real Experiences of the Pandemic: Monitoring the Crisis

The Atlanta and Boston Feds and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality are cosponsoring a new series of reports, Monitoring the Crisis: American Voices Project. Partners Update examines the first four reports on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on people and communities.

Apr 07, 2021

Among Atlanta Fed Contacts, Optimism Takes Root a Year into Pandemic

After a tumultuous year of pandemic retrenchment, regional business contacts feel they might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to learn more about what business leaders are seeing.

Mar 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Businesses of Color: Toward an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - March 25, 2021

Atlanta Fed and Kansas City Fed Community and Economic Development staff summarized findings from the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide. Guest speakers discussed their experiences as entrepreneurs or funders of small businesses of color.

Mar 24, 2021

Tackling an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development engagement team launched the Inclusive and Resilient Recovery initiative to support strategies for a more inclusive and resilient economic recovery. Partners Update reflects on the ongoing webinar series and the goals of this initiative.

Feb 25, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Small Business Credit Survey: Findings, Implications, and Opportunities for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - February 25, 2021

The Atlanta Fed Community and Economic Development team presented findings from the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey: 2021 Report on Employer Firms, particularly the impact of COVID-19 on these businesses.

Feb 05, 2021

Atlanta Fed Contacts: Economy Needs a Literal Shot in the Arm

Business contacts believe that a return to economic normalcy hinges on a successful nationwide vaccination effort. This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to allow a glimpse of what regional business leaders are thinking.

Jan 14, 2021

Inclusive and Resilient Recovery: Supporting Small Businesses for an Inclusive and Resilient Recovery - January 14, 2021

Speakers from organizations that support small businesses and entrepreneurship discussed the challenges these businesses are facing during the pandemic. For instance, many small businesses of color were unable to tap government programs like the Paycheck Protection Program because they lacked an existing relationship with a bank. Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic moderated the discussion.

Dec 18, 2020

Supporting the Recovery of Small Businesses of Color

Small businesses of color are important contributors to the national economy. The Atlanta and Kansas City Feds recently published the Small Businesses of Color Recovery Guide to help support these firms’ economic recovery. This Partners Update article provides an overview of this comprehensive guide.

Dec 17, 2020

COVID-19 Exacerbating Region’s Food Insecurity

For those who lack access to enough food, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an especially acute daily threat. This Economy Matters article looks at how food insecurity affects the Southeast and how some organizations are combating it.

Nov 24, 2020

Modernized CRA Could Help Build a More Equitable Economy

As the way people bank evolves, regulations around banking also need periodic updating. This Economy Matters article looks at the Community Reinvestment Act and how it might change to better reflect today’s banking environment.

Sep 24, 2020

Atlanta Fed Interviews Reveal Divergent Recovery Paths

How do the Atlanta Fed's regional business contacts describe the current economic landscape? This Economy Matters article summarizes recent conversations to provide a timely snapshot of employment, real estate, and more.

Sep 18, 2020

Atlanta Fed Report: Small Businesses Need Targeted Investments to Recover

Small businesses in the Southeast are considering what it will take for them to recover from the COVID-19-induced recession. This Economy Matters article examines what could help even the hardest-hit businesses emerge stronger from the crisis.

Apr 07, 2020

Small Business Credit Survey

The Federal Reserve Banks have released the 2020 report on small business financial and credit experiences. A supplemental brief explores small firm resilience in light of the effects of COVID-19. Read Partners Update for a summary.

Jan 28, 2020

Minority Firms Have Harder Time Obtaining Bank Financing, Fed Analysis Finds

When it comes to getting financing for their small firms, minority business owners face some significant challenges. Economy Matters looks at recent Federal Reserve information outlining the hurdles and some potential causes.

Dec 19, 2019

One Region. Many Economies.

Small businesses make up a big part of the U.S. economy. This special report discusses the important economic role of small firms, the special challenges they face in succeeding, and partners who help entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

Jun 18, 2019

Small Business Lending Trends in the Southeast

Small businesses have historically been one of the drivers of the Southeast's economy. Economy Matters' "ViewPoint" looks at how lending to small regional firms has evolved in recent years.

Jan 16, 2019

Beige Book: Small Firms Face Challenges to Find Workers

The newest Beige Book from the Federal Reserve paints a largely positive portrait of economic growth, though it notes that small firms are encountering challenges finding employees. Economy Matters summarizes the latest findings.

Oct 16, 2018

Lack of Access to Financial Services Impedes Economic Mobility

Economy Matters looks at some initiatives designed to increase people’s participation in banking services to increase their economic mobility and financial stability.

Sep 14, 2018

Mind the Gap: How Do Credit Market Experiences and Borrowing Patterns Differ for Minority-Owned Firms?

How do small business financing experiences vary by the race or ethnicity of a firm's ownership? A new discussion paper examines data on minority-owned small businesses’ borrowing patterns.

Jul 24, 2018

Small Businesses' Perspectives on Online Lenders

The Fed Board and Cleveland Fed have released a report that examines how small business owners view online lending. Explore the findings in Partners Update.

Mar 22, 2018

How Do Firms Respond to Hiring Difficulties?

Two-thirds of firms polled in the Fed's 2017 Small Business Credit Survey have had trouble hiring over the past year. A new discussion paper investigates how firms use compensation, training, and job restructuring to respond.