How Microenterprise Can Help You Achieve the "American Dream"Making the “American Dream” Come True for You:
Do you have an idea for starting your own business? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss, having the freedom that comes of working for yourself instead of someone else? Are you ready to weave your dreams into reality?
If you think you’ve got what it takes to become an entrepreneur, but you need a little help getting started – training, technical assistance or start-up capital, then maybe what you need – is microenterprise.
There are over 500 microenterprise development programs in the U.S. alone. Microenterprise Development Programs have been around since the 1970s, and are designed to provide you with the support you need to become a successful microbusiness owner.
A microbusiness is defined as a business with five or fewer employees that was started for less than $35,000 and has an annual revenue of less than $100,000.
What kinds of businesses are eligible for microenterprise loans?
Traditional businesses such as:
*auto or small engine repair shops
*small retail businesses
*small service businesses
*arts and craft sellers
Nontraditional businesses such as:
*soap and essential oil manufacturers
*business, life and relationship coaches
No Credit or Bad Credit, Low-income People PLEASE Apply:
If you’ve got bad credit or no credit, you’re considered low or middle income, and you don’t have the collateral to get a loan through traditional methods, then you’re a prime candidate for a microenterprise development program!
What Can a Microenterprise Development Program do for you?
*Provide you with the individualized training, support and technical assistance you need to be successful
*Help you develop a solid business plan
*Put you in touch with other microbusiness owners, create business contacts and build a strong support network
*Provide you with access to credit through a MicroLoan, to give you the start-up capital you need to succeed
Where can you Find a Microenterprise Development Program in Your Community?
*Check out local nonprofit organizations such as the United Way, local community colleges or Small Business Development Center
*Talk to a SCORE Counselor
*Visit your local Chamber of Commerce
*Contact your local women’s organization or other small business group
*Visit http://www.microenterprisesuccess.com for free resources, information and helpful articles
About the author:
Cheryl Antier is the President and CEO of Dream Weaver Enterprises, a business and fundraising consulting company. She started MAPS (Microenterprise Answers to your Personal Success) as a way of giving something back to other women, because of the many blessings she's received in her life. If you want information about the latest grants, funding and start up information for your business, sign up for "Directions" the free newsletter that does all the research for you! Go to: