We believe that fostering economic growth and opportunities is vital to a community's health and well-being. In addition to growing the local economy, locally-owned small businesses and cooperatives provide a sense of ownership and achievement which empowers the community as a whole. Our goal is to work with both cooperatives and small business owners in various ways in order to help them grow their businesses. The actual economic initiatives that we apply will depend on the unique character of each community and will be based on economic sectors that have a strong chance of showing sustainability.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.Robert F. Kennedy