Heard on the Street: investing locally, 3 rural Americas, and the competitive advantage of social enterprises

Heard on the Street – here’s what we were reading last week:

The 3 Rural Americas: The divide between America’s rural and urban areas has been front and center in recent years. A new study shows that not all of rural America is in decline; in fact, many rural communities are thriving.

Financing Baltimore’s Growth – Strengthening Lending to Small Businesses: The Johns Hopkins 21st Century Cities Initiative released a new paper on small business lending in Baltimore City, in follow-up to a report released last year on the capacity of the financing system to support small businesses in the City.

Investing in Local Business to Get an Even Break: Next Street clients Balle, Heron Foundation, and Rhode Island weigh in on the Balle Local Economies Fellowship Program, and the importance of investing locally.

The Competitive Advantage of Social Enterprises: Social enterprises face numerous challenges, including a stigma around the concept of a “double bottom line.” Forming corporate partnerships is once way for them to compete.