Small Business & Diverse Neighborhoods
Prosperous Business Districts
As our largest overall city employment base, we have to do a better job supporting small businesses. Whether it’s through rent stabilization and displacement protections, finding ways to ease or defer certain taxes and fees, more predictable changes to regulations and rules, or improving access to capital and workforce development, the councilmember from District 3 has a unique role in our city to be both an ally and promoter of our diverse, dynamic and critical small business sector.
One of the biggest supports for successful commercial corridors are Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). Collectively, rate-payers of BIAs are able to address street and sidewalk cleaning, marketing, seasonal activations, and advocacy at City Hall. I manage a BIA and on the City Council I will support expansion of our BIA system.
Expand Opportunity for New Small Business Owners
Because of systemic hurdles, people of color, LGBTQ people, and women often have a harder time starting businesses. We have to do a better job connecting these neighbors to existing programs and to the capital they need to start and maintain a successful business. Having a diverse small business ownership foundation is key to ensuring a vibrant neighborhood, and I will fight for opportunity for all on Council.