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Immigrant Entrepreneurship Drives Business Creation, Creates OpportunitiesFebruary 15, 2017
[Immigrants] are more than twice as likely to start businesses as their native-born counterparts. They are responsible for over a quarter of all new business formation--and new businesses have been the only source of net job creation in this country for the past 30 years. – Time Magazine Since moving people out of poverty through employment depends upon access to quality jobs, CJC pays close attention to policymaker perspectives on the dynamics of job creation. We have been troubled by the lim
Learn More » Federal Policy Change Could Negatively Impact SNAPJanuary 23, 2017 Earlier in January, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about big potential changes coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and how they could drastically change the face of food access in Illinois.
While nothing has been confirmed, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has proposed the possibility of block-granting SNAP, which would mean sending fixed sums to each state annually. Block-granting would fundamentally alter the struct
Learn More » Report from Center for American Progress: A Progressive Agenda for Inclusive and Diverse EntrepreneurshipOctober 31, 2016
Earlier this month, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report: A Progressive Agenda for Inclusive and Diverse Entrepreneurship. Although entrepreneurship is a promising avenue for job creation and increasing income, structural and economic barriers have prevented women and people of color from having equitable access to necessary resources for starting businesses. In this report, CAP first examines these barriers and then proposes progressive policy changes to help level the p…
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