As a crucial source of employment in local communities, small businesses have an important role to play in advancing economic opportunity and job quality. Yet even before the pandemic, time and resource constraints could make it challenging for small business owners to invest in workers. The overlapping crises of the past year have magnified these challenges, creating new stress and uncertainty for small businesses – while also demonstrating that the wellbeing of their workers is essential to business success.

Around the country, innovative community development finance and economic development organizations are pursuing strategies to support small businesses to navigate the pandemic and strengthen job quality for workers. During the webinar, you’ll hear from leaders using these approaches – and forging innovative partnerships with local organizations – to encourage small business practices that are good for workers, good for business, and good for communities.

Hear panelists discuss how they are adapting job quality-focused strategies during the pandemic and their priorities for recovery and beyond.

Watch the full video about job quality and small businesses at The Aspen Institute.