Community Response: Rescuing Small Business

WEBINAR: April 29 @ 11CST

The American Rescue Plan’s allocation for communities provides an opportunity for city leaders to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Join us for a panel session with Toby Rittner, President and CEO of the Council of Development Finance Agencies, as we present ideas for how cities can support small business owners such as:

  • Providing technical assistance and training for small business owners
  • Grant programs
  • Measuring and tracking progress of small business programs

Attendees will receive a Retail and Small Business Impact Report with specific data about consumer spending, retail leakage, job impacts, and more.


Toby Rittner

President and CEO

Toby Rittner is President and CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), dedicated to the finance community representing public, private, and non-profit development entities.

Lacy Beasley


Lacy has been involved in retail real estate since 2005.  Retail Strategies provides her with the insight to understand the connections needed from the public and private side of the conversation.

Jenn Gregory

President, Downtown Strategies

Jenn's focus is on the revitalization of downtowns for our client communities. Through her Downtown Vision and Strategy Workshop process, Jenn advises communities on market analysis, tourism, economic vitality, and design updates for downtown areas.

Cynthia Stewart

VP of Community Engagement

Cynthia is responsible for expanding channels of outreach to local communities and strengthening relationships with government entities and economic development associations. Additionally, Stewart works to expand the Retail Academy platform.

Who should watch:

  • City Leaders
  • Elected Officials
  • Business Owners
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