Accessing Markets and Fortifying Entrepreneurship: Sectoral Approaches to Microenterprise Development

Mar 01, 2000 | by
  • Description

The purpose of this study is to document two microenterprise sectoral programs. Rural Ohio's Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) Food Ventures program enables local food specialty processors to access regional and local markets. Chicago's Women's Business Development Center's (WBDC) Apparel Roundtable fortifies entrepreneurship by facilitating peer support for lower-income entrepreneurs who design and assemble clothing. The technical assistance, mentorship, and networking services of each program are described as well as how the programs affect job creation, increase sales and improve entrepreneurial capacity. Last, the advantages and challenges of this approach to microenterprise development are identified. This report begins with a background on business networks and descriptions of microenterprise development and the adoption of sectoral networks by microenterprise support agencies.