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2023 Small Business Anti-Displacement Network Conference

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The Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN) is a network of organizations across the U.S. and internationally that work to prevent displacement of BIPOC- and immigrant-owned small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods. SBAN’s 2023 conference at The Hotel at the University of Maryland will feature speakers from across the country and abroad, as well as workshops and informal networking. This year’s theme, “Strengthening Community & Building Opportunity,” highlights how promoting community control, ownership, and identity are central to creating opportunities for small business growth and sustainability in BIPOC and immigrant communities. Join us!

Conference sessions will highlight a range of tools and strategies to combat small business displacement and strengthen the social and economic fabric of neighborhoods, such as access to capital, community ownership, tenant organizing, and post-pandemic recovery.

Small business leaders, scholars, policymakers, and community advocates will talk about the latest commercial gentrification research and how they are supporting BIPOC- and immigrant-owned small businesses through on-the-ground efforts.

SBAN is housed at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. Our network includes policymakers, nonprofit advocates, technical assistance providers, developers, financial institutions, scholars, and small business owners, who share knowledge and collaborate to advance innovative policies and practices that keep small businesses in place. Visit



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