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A synthesis of evidence and analysis from around the globe on how to most effectively support small business growth

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Delve into actionable insights gleaned from Mastercard Strive’s own programs, and beyond. We are passionate about advancing this field, so that small businesses can be better supported by all of us. Search our insights library to find the latest insights or browse topics below.

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Capacity Building

The capacity of a small business can be strengthened through training, engagement with mentors or peers, and outsourcing. We explore how small businesses can build the capabilities they need to grow.

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Financial Services

Access to financial services is not enough to drive impact. We explore how to promote the meaningful use of relevant and affordable digital financial services that truly meet the nuanced needs of small businesses.

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Market Participation

Digital transformation has changed how businesses reach customers. Digital platforms enable more efficient transactions with larger pools of buyers and suppliers. We explore how small businesses can participate in digital marketplaces more effectively.

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Business Operations

Digitizing processes can not only save small businesses time. It can also unlock data that can be used for improved decision-making and access to financial services. See our articles on this topic in our insights library.

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Latest Insight articles

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again: The power of continuous learning in innovation

This guest post is from Boost Technology, a B2B commerce platform offering digital ordering and credit services to power growth for Africas 100 million micro- and small retailers.
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Driving innovative solutions for small businesses: Reflections from our first Strive Innovation…

Driving innovative solutions for small businesses: Reflections from our first Strive Innovation Fund Digital technology plays a big role in supporting the resilience and growth of small businesses around the world.
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Tern Eco: Making circularity easy for micro- and small businesses

This post is authored by Zoe Rowswell and Kate Walmsley, co-founders of Tern Eco, and Grace Natabaalo from Mastercard Strive.
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Supporting small businesses to sell online: How can local providers and networks build small…

Supporting small businesses to sell online: How can local providers and networks build small business digital capabilities? The neighborhood where I live is not in a busy place.
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Harnessing the powerful reach of social media to promote educational content to Latin American…

Harnessing the powerful reach of social media to promote educational content to Latin American micro-entrepreneurs Role para baixo para versão em português.
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How trust scales impact: The role of local partners in federal programs for small businesses

This article highlights key themes and moments from the second Strive USA Summit in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2024.
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