Heard on the Street: fixing the funding gap, economic development takeaways from HQ2, and why small business is everyone’s business

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

Fixing the Funding Gap: City invests in women private investors overlook: Women are launching startups at a faster rate than their male peers. Yet last year, female founders received just 2% of the $130 billion invested by venture capitalists, a proportion that has stubbornly refused to budge despite heightened attention to gender disparities.

Small Business Is Everyone’s Business: In the latest episode of Fortune Favors the Bold, Gimlet and MasterCard share why small businesses are vital parts of their communities, providing two out of every three jobs in the world.

Five economic development takeaways from the Amazon HQ2 bids: Many of the 238 bids for Amazon’s HQ2 remain secret, but the 26 publicly-released bids help us understand how cities are thinking about regional economic development.

Women-Owned Business Revenues Rise, Yet Securing Loans Is Still Challenging: The number of women-owned businesses that applied for funding in 2018 increased, although their funding amounts went down, according to an annual study of women-owned companies by Biz2Credit.