What is Gentrification?

Watch our video to learn more about gentrification and displacement, what it looks like and how it impacts communities and small businesses.

Small businesses are a vital part of economically healthy, socially vibrant, and environmentally sustainable communities.

They are also highly vulnerable to displacement and financial stress when neighborhoods gentrify. This is particularly true for minority- and immigrant-owned businesses. COVID-19 and the resulting economic collapse have further exposed and heightened these vulnerabilities.

The Small Business Anti-Displacement Network provides small business leaders with the tools and capacity to combat the conditions that make disadvantaged businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods vulnerable to displacement.


The network is centered around a “community of practice” model, which encourages collaborative action-learning networks to promote innovation, develop social capital, skills and capacities, and facilitate knowledge sharing among its members.

Our collaborative, grounded approach leverages our members’ resources and knowledge. Our community of small business owners, nonprofit organizations, technical assistance providers, policy makers, scholars, and government agencies work together to identify, evaluate, and share promising place-based interventions and advocate for effective anti-displacement strategies in cities and metropolitan regions around the U.S.

Supporting Our Network

The project also supports members’ capacity- and skill-building through coaching, technical assistance, research, professional development, and experiential learning activities. We facilitate connection and learning across the network through in-person and virtual events. Network members will help to shape innovative policy development and adoption through case study research, regional and national policy convenings, and advocacy.

Supporting Small Businesses

By working across sectors and metropolitan regions, our community helps small businesses remain resilient in the face of change and benefit from new neighborhood investments. In doing so, we work to ensure that disadvantaged business owners, workers, and residents build greater financial health, wealth, and long-term stability.