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

February 1, 2005  • Elaine Edgcomb & Joyce Klein

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This publication takes a comprehensive look at the now 20-year-old microenterprise field — its accomplishments, weaknesses and future potential. It describes the current economic context for self employment; explores the development and performance of the industry; examines the value of microenterprise to low-income Americans; and concludes by recommending eight directions that can help transform the industry and position it for long-term growth and sustainability.

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