Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
70 East Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60601-5907
AEO is the national association of organizations committed to microenterprise development in the United States, working toward the goal of helping one million low-income people to achieve self-sufficiency through self-employment by the year 2008.
The Calvert Social Investment Foundation
4550 Montgomery Ave.
Bethesda, MD 208145
The Calvert Social Investment Foundation offers opportunities for socially responsible investors to invest in a number of microcredit and microenterprise development programs, and other community development organization.
Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA)
1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
CPA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization which develops policy proposals for economic development strategies, including microenterprise; it then provides avenues for collaboration between a network of public officials and members of the field.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED)
777 N. Capital Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
CFED fosters widely shared and sustainable economic well-being. It promotes asset-building strategies, primarily in low-income and distressed communities, through policy design and advocacy, project management, technical assistance, research and publications.
Ms. Foundation for Women
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-3904
The Ms. Foundation is a national multi-issue women's fund which provides technical assistance and funding to U.S.-based organizations engaged in microenterprise development with low-income women.
Self-Employment Learning Project
The Aspen Institute
1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
SELP is a research and evaluation effort which gathers new information about self-employment and about microenterprise as a poverty-alleviation and job-creation strategy in the United States.
The Virtual Library on Microcredit. A repository of information on alternative, non-conventional financial systems and informal credit markets. Well designed, with lots of documents and case studies.
The Small Business Administration's Office of Women's Business Ownership. Detailed information about networks of training, counseling and mentoring services to help women start and/or expand businesses.
The Saint Louis University site on resources for entrepreneurship education. With how-to guides for entrepreneurs and many topical links.
EntreWorld is an online information resource for entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship. Presented by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Boshara, Ray, Friedman, Robert E., and Anderson, Barbara. 1997. Realizing the Promise of Microenterprise Development in Welfare Reform. Washington, D.C.: Corporation for Enterprise Development. 46 pp. (Guidelines for the employment of microenterprise development as a welfare-to-work strategy under recent federal welfare legislation)
Edgecomb, Elaine, Klein, Joyce, and Clark, Peggy. 1996. The Practice of Microenterprise in the U.S.: Strategies, Costs, and Effectiveness. ISBN Paper: 0-89843-196-4. Washington, D.C.: Aspen Institute. 80pp. (Documents the experience of seven microenterprise programs in delivering credit and training to low-income people)
Jones, Susan R. 1998. A Legal Guide to Microenterprise
Development: Battling Poverty Through Self-Employment. Washington, D.C.: ABA
Commission on Homelessness & Poverty (addresses legal issues facing
micro-entrepreneurs in the U.S. and offers guidance to pro-bono lawyers who represent them
and their sponsoring organizations).