RESEARCH

AT THE NEXUS OF FINANCE & SMALL BUSINESS

Beginning in 2008 National Commonwealth Group began researching community economic development.

Our work focused on finance, as it affects small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and communities. All four of our coverage areas — public banking, securities, currencies and related articles — are described in detail on the NCG website

Most relevant to the Sustainable Communities Framework is our research on currencies and on issues of small business and sustainability.

Currencies

Complementary currencies are a powerful tool for local economic development and have existed for millennia, with thousands in use around the world today. We are implementing new ways to deploy local currencies that can galvanize entrepreneurial activity and help create widespread prosperity.

SMEs & Sustainability

Looking at our main focus areas from a higher-level perspective, we research credit and capital concerns for small- and mid-size businesses, community economic development, regulatory frameworks and corporate sustainability, including impact investing and triple bottom line accounting.