Idea: Legitimizing Microenterprise In Philadelphia

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Some low-income people in Philadelphia attempt to start their own production, service, or sales businesses on a "shoestring." This page poses questions and collects information about how Microenterprise can become a stepping stone to entreprenurial success, expanded employment opportunities, and a growing tax base in our great city.

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  • FIELD The Aspen Institute
    • Our work is built around understanding and strengthening the role of business ownership as an economic opportunity strategy in the United States. We work to build knowledge and strengthen practice by exploring innovation, conducting research, and evaluating new ideas, helping to build the microenterprise industry’s infrastructure, disseminating best practices to practitioners and serving as a resource to donors and investors interested in microenterprise.
  • Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
    • The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the leading voice of innovation in microfinance and microbusiness in the United States. Since 1991, AEO and its member and partner organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO's more than 1,000 members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all.