In Small Business and the City, Rafael Gomez, Andre Isakov, and Matt Semansky highlight the power of small-scale entrepreneurship to transform local neighbourhoods and the cities they inhabit. Studying the factors which enable small businesses to survive and thrive, they highlight the success of a Canadian concept which has spread worldwide: the Business Improvement Area (BIA). BIAs allow small-scale entrepreneurs to pool their resources with like-minded businesses, becoming sources of urban rejuvenation, magnets for human talent, and incubators for local innovation in cities around the globe.
Small Business and the City also analyses the policies necessary to support this urban vitality, describing how cities can encourage and support locally owned independent businesses. An inspiring account of the dynamism of urban life, Small Business and the City introduces a new “main street agenda” for the twenty-first century city.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division|
|Series:||Rotman-UTP Publishing Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.01(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Rafael Gomez is an associate professor of Employment Relations at Woodsworth College and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto.
Andre Isakov is currently the Manager of Park Planning and Design with the City of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Previously, he was the Community and Economic Development Officer for the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and the Executive Director of Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC).
Matt Semansky is an award-winning journalist based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. His work has appeared in publications such as This Magazine, the National Post, The Halifax Chronicle Herald, The Coast, and Marketing.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Michael ThompsonAcknowledgments
- Introduction: Small Business and City Life
Part I: The View from Main Street
- The BIA Movement: Setting the Stage for Main Street Revitalization
- The View from Main Street Halifax: The Challenge of Being the Big Fish in a Small Pond
- The View from Main Street Vancouver: A City Region with an Emerging Sense of Place
- The View from Main Street Toronto: The Bottom-Up, Top-Down Conundrum
Part II: Unlocking the Potential of Small-Scale Enterprise
- The “Art and Science” of Small Business Survival: Lessons in BIA Practice
- Of People, Profits, and Place: Lessons in Local Economic Development
- Small Business and the Main Street Agenda: Lessons in Public Policy
- Recommendations for Making Small-Scale Enterprise a Transformative Force
- Conclusion: Cities, Small Business, and Distributed Decision Making
Afterword: Or ... Why Staying Small, Local, and Independent Matters to City Life
About the AuthorsNotesReferencesIndex