Small business development and community development go hand-in-hand.
Lawyer-turned-nonprofit-founder Jennifer DaSilva is deeply familiar with the confluence of those forces, thanks to a career that has included microfinance initiatives in Cambodia, a youth leadership program in the Bronx, NY, and an economic development alliance in San Francisco, CA.
Today she serves as executive director of Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit she helped found that provides small businesses with critical resources and guidance when they need those most.
As many small, independent enterprises face extraordinary challenges, Start Small Think Big has dramatically up-scaled its efforts to support a growing network of businesses — efforts made possible in part by avid financial supporters like Citi.
What does this moment mean for small businesses? Life and Money by Citi talked to DaSilva recently to find out.