Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States

Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States

Twenty million of the twenty-two million small business owners in the United States operate micro-enterprises — businesses so small they usually employ a single person. Micro-enterprise programs, which emerged in the mid-1980s to support such ventures, now number five hundred nationwide and provide training, technical assistance, and small loans to low-income individuals. (140 pages, PDF), published by the at the , reflects on the industry's past accomplishments, examines its current weaknesses, and describes the future potential for the growth and sustainability of micro-enterprise programs in the U.S. The report was funded by the .