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Forging Ahead: Early Lessons

June 23, 2009

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.

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

February 1, 2005

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.

The Informal Economy: Making It in Rural America

February 1, 2004

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

September 1, 2003

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.