Tools

Tools

The Mel King Institute tool library houses online resources that could be useful for the work of community development practitioners.

  • The Aspen Institute
    Prior to the global pandemic, the relatively high small business start and ownership rates among entrepreneurs of color were a bright spot in a period of declining US entrepreneurship. But small businesses have endured some of the hardest stresses of the pandemic, as forced closures and physical distancing have decimated earnings for restaurants, salons, childcare centers, and other services we all rely on. Businesses owned by entrepreneurs of color have been particularly impacted by declining revenues, and despite government efforts to get money into people’s hands, many small businesses have not received the support they need. This is partly a problem with the delivery systems used: programs that flow through banks miss those that have historically been underserved. Fortunately, there are lenders who serve these businesses and communities: Community Development Financial Institutions. CDFIs are mission-driven lenders that serve the parts of America that too often get left behind, inc
  • Cambridge College
    The Business Resource Library connects Consultants, Technical Assistance Providers and students to a variety of learning tools, including sample documents and industry trend topics. This library can quickly provide comprehensive information you may need to assist small businesses during their start-up, stabilization and growth phases. These materials can be downloaded from the links below. This library was built with the collaboration of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC), Mel King Institute, Lawyers for Civil Rights, and Technical Assistance providers.
  • Enterprise
    Opportunity360 Community Dashboards provide the information necessary to determine where action is most needed and where established programs and policies have been most successful in any neighborhood in the country. These dashboards now allow data comparison for up to three census tracts, anywhere in the US. In the free Opportunity360 Community Dashboards, you will find over 150 indicators from 27 sources.
  • Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC)
    The Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (the MCBC) has sponsored an annual report on small business lending trends in Massachusetts since 1998. In the Spring of 2019, MCBC launched a new online platform – the Massachusetts Small Business Loan Data Project – that serves as a companion to the most recent report, Small Business Lending in Massachusetts 2008-2017, authored by BankMaps. The Massachusetts Small Business Loan Data Project provides an online data service with interactive access to maps and charts from six (6) national databases related to the subject of small business lending in Massachusetts.
  • Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Center for Housing Data
    The site compiles community-level information from various data sources for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, and visualizes that data in graphics and charts so it's easy to understand, print out and bring to a community discussion.
  • Brandeis Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
    This is a database of 286 socio-economic indicators on a wide range of subjects, including demography, education, employment, health, housing, earnings and ancestry covering the Boston metropolitan area.
  • Enterprise Community Partners
    A podcast for thought-provoking conversations about the current issues, trends, ideas and big questions facing the affordable housing and community development field in the United States.
  • MASSCAP
    This resource contains all the past recorded webinars from MASSCAP (Understanding Immigrant Rights, Community Action Impact, Succession Planning, and More!)
  • Federal Reserve System
    Access is a new podcast from the Community Development departments of the Federal Reserve System. Each episode highlights a successful model or program within the four focus areas of our work: people, place, policy and practice, and small business.
  • Mass Budget
    Shortly after each major state budget release, MassBudget produce a written Budget Monitor that analyzes major proposals across a range of key areas (e.g. education, transportation, health care, revenue).
  • Democracy Collaborative
    This toolkit provides hospital and health system leaders with the tools they need to harness their everyday business operations to improve community health through procurement and purchasing focused on locally-owned businesses.
  • Build Healthy Places Network
    Tool demystifies community development and public health jargon terms for those working with peers in other sectors
  • WalkBoston
    Tool provides examples of low-cost measures to calm traffic and enhance safety on municipal streets and state roads
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
    Explore case studies, videos and resources on how to create a shared ownership business enterprise
  • Massachusetts Community and Banking Council
    Explore MCBC's compendium of resources on their new website intended for boosting the availability of credit and financial services in low-income communities
  • PolicyLink
    Toolkit includes policy ideas, data and assistance to advance racial economic inclusion and equitable growth
  • Corporation for Enterprise Development
    This tool calculates the minimum amount of savings needed by a family to survive a financial emergency
  • Corporation for Enterprise Development
    CFED created an interactive state by state ranking of household financial security and policy solutions
  • Tamarack- An Institute of Community Engagement
    This booklet covers the essential elements of developing and sustaining a long-term, local effort to reduce poverty
  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities
    Online resource to help communities measure progress toward their sustainability goals
  • Cooperative Development Initiative
    Resource for answering any questions you may have on starting a co-op
  • Opportunity Nation
    Interactive map of the United States showing how states and counties compare in terms of access to opportunity based on economic, education and community indicators
  • MicroMentor.org
    MicroMentor connects entrepreneurs and mentors to build small businesses together.
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    This toolkit provides resources on two types of DLTA-funded services: an Intermunicipal Agreements Resource Guide and a Regional Health District Resource Guide.
  • The Guardian
    Whether you want to reach wider audiences, engage users more deeply or develop innovative advertising campaigns we have a range of services that can accelerate your digital ambitions.
  • Citi
    The following links provide access to robust financial education content for older teens and adults.
  • PolicyMap
    Access the PolicyMap online mapping application from any Web browser on any OS and immediately begin creating and saving your own custom, interactive maps.
  • Citi
    These guides contain a wealth of information on starting and running your business and also include activities, worksheets, self-assessments, glossaries, and valuable additional resources for you to consult along the way.
  • PolicyMap, Citi
    Your district has probably changed since you last saw it. What do you need to know?
  • Field at the Aspen Institute
    To help practitioners - and the microenterprise field - move toward long-term growth and stability, FIELD has engaged in extensive research and developed a variety of resources.
  • Field at the Aspen Institute
    microTracker helps microenterprise programs, donors, and investors track the performance and client outcomes of microenterprise organizations nationwide.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
    A compendium of all federal housing, community development, and related programs and issues with both current and historical information.