Equitable Economies

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National Women's Business Council is a nonpartisan federal advisory committee that serves as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on issues of importance to women business owners and entrepreneurs.

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R5DC and Growth & Justice are not the first entities to create an Equity Action Guide. However, this may be a first attempt at a guide for rural communities seeking to achieve equitable economic ecosystems for shared local and regional prosperity.

From March 2009 to February 2020, America experienced 11 years of economic growth.  Yet 38 million Americans lived in complete poverty and a further 12 million Americans were “working poor.”  The quality of formal jobs had declined, earnings for middle-wage workers stagnated and the racial wealth gap worsened. There is an unbelievable appetite to rebuild the powerful $21 trillion American economy but just stimulating economic growth alone is NOT enough.

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