The Microenterprise Program is social benefit organization designed to help some of the most economically disadvantaged individuals in our cities. Partnering with homeless shelters, and other community development agencies, the Program provides a 15 week business and entrepreneurial training program for residents of the shelters. The Program also works in collaboration with universities providing each client with a team of students who serve as business mentors. Participants who complete the program leave with a professional resume and cover letter, networking and interviewing skills and a business plan for a small or "micro" business.
The Program begins with a workshop on Idea Generation followed by an initial Feasibly Analysis before beginning the process of writing a business plan. The Program also provides additional trainings on Personal Development and Career Development. The Program’s curriculum is presented by program staff, university professors, industry professionals and other successful businessmen and women.
The 15 week semester culminates in a Graduation ceremony during which the graduates get to showcase their business ideas in "tradeshow" followed by a fastpitch. Select graduates of the program who are ready and able to launch their business are also provided three months of access to an incubator facility to prototype the products and take the next steps in launching their businesses. The facility provides them with office space to operate the business including storage space for inventory and equipment, workspace to build and prototype products as well as business mentors to help them with the next steps.
To be considered for participation in the Program an applicant must be recommended by a case manager or program manager and complete a Participant Application. Once the Recommendation and Participant Application have been reviewed applicants are then interviewed. Please contact us if you are interested in The Microenterprise Program.