7 research outputs found

    Forging Ahead: Early Lessons

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    Outlines outcomes and lessons of the Scale Academy for Microenterprise Development's operational grants, training, and technical support for microenterprise organizations. Examines grantees' progress in and strategies for expanding services sustainably

    The Informal Economy: Making It in Rural America

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    Shares entrepreneur motivations, aspirations, and struggles to operate viable businesses in several rural counties in Nebraska, and explores how policies and practices could be changed to encourage more growth among rural informal businesses

    The Informal Economy: Latino Enterprises at the Margins

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    Summarizes the experiences and perceptions of 38 New Jersey and New York area Latinos engaged in a wide range of small-scale income-generating activities, and explores the barriers that they face in stabilizing and growing their businesses

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

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    Reviews two decades of work in the microenterprise field by examining the evolution of the industry, past accomplishments, current weaknesses, and potential for growth. Details critical challenges and recommends a set of new directions for the field