From Barriers to Breakthroughs

A Practical Playbook for Reforming Local Regulations to Empower Entrepreneurs

This playbook details our Cities Work regulatory consulting process and is designed to help you—the advocate; the ecosystem builder; the city councilor, manager, economic development director, or other staff—replicate our work and make your city a more welcoming environment for small businesses. The first section, “How to quantify your city’s regulatory barriers to business,” details the research that everyone can—and should—do to understand the regulatory environment in your city. Subsequent sections contain recommendations that are primarily intended for advocates and ecosystem builders. We strongly encourage city officials to partner with these groups to build community support for the reforms you decide to pursue.

In the pages that follow, we will teach you how to conduct your own regulatory research, engage with your community and relevant decision makers, and identify and implement meaningful reforms to increase access to entrepreneurship. You can adapt the process to meet your local needs, and we welcome the opportunity to consult with you on next steps and answer questions.

Ready to advocate for your community? Check out the links below!
The Full Playbook: From Barriers to Breakthroughs.
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