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Negocios Pequeños

Las pequeñas empresas son la columna vertebral de la economía de Boston, ya que sirven como centros culturales en nuestros vecindarios, motores económicos para las familias en toda la ciudad y una de las formas más importantes de generar riqueza en nuestras comunidades. Como ex-dueña de un negocio pequeño, Michelle ha estado defendiendo a los emprendedores y derribando barreras para que los dueños de empresas pequeñas puedan prosperar, comenzando con la simplificación del proceso para sacar permisos y licencias, y reformando como hace la ciudad sus contratos para que se alinee con nuestros valores de ayudar a combatir la desigualdad económica y ayudar a las cooperativas de trabajadores. Michelle ayudará con la recuperación económica de Boston y centrará en sus planes a los negocios pequeños, sus trabajadores y a sus clientes, la comunidad de Boston.

Policy PrioritiesHow We Will Lead

Fighting for our locally-owned businesses during and after the pandemic

Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges as they struggle to pay rent, serve their customers, keep their workers safe, and navigate reopening and recovery. We must work with entrepreneurs and advocates to ensure that those with the most need have access to relief and services.

Aligning City contracting to help close the racial wealth gap and support community wealth-building

We need to get the most value out of taxpayer dollars by directing them back into the community and ensuring that businesses owned by people of color, women, and Boston residents have a fair shot at winning City of Boston contracts.

Streamlining small business permitting and licensing

Boston should have a welcoming, convenient, and smooth process to open small businesses and wrap-around services to grow and expand a business in our city. We must create a customer service-focused environment for City processes, with clear timelines and accessible, efficient communications.

Strengthening Boston’s Main Streets and legacy businesses

Our neighborhood businesses anchor our communities, but small businesses are facing commercial gentrification with increasing rents across the city. In recent years, too many of Boston’s legacy businesses, critical to the economy and character of our neighborhoods, have been shuttered. As the stresses of COVID present an unprecedented threat, we need to fight for a pandemic recovery plan that builds on the strength of these mainstay businesses.

Supporting entrepreneurs of color

In combating historical economic exclusion, we need to better equip entrepreneurs of color with programming and resources to promote their success.

Creating specialized supports for restaurants

Restaurants have been hit especially hard during the pandemic with government-mandated shutdowns and restricted capacity adding to the stresses on an industry with already tight profit margins. Boston should work closely to connect federal, state, and local resources to neighborhood restaurants and work to rebuild the local restaurant scene with technical assistance, place-making, programming, and publicity.

Michelle's RecordWhat We've Done Together So Far