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Growing Microenterprises in One-Stops. NEtwork ’04: One Stops – Building Economic Opportunity thru Workforce Investment Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, Maine November 3-5, 2004 Presenters: Stephen R. Duval, Maine Department of Labor

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growing microenterprises in one stops

Growing Microenterprises in One-Stops

NEtwork ’04: One Stops – Building Economic Opportunity thru Workforce Investment

Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland, Maine

November 3-5, 2004

Presenters:

Stephen R. Duval, Maine Department of Labor

Eloise Vitelli, Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community

growing microenterprises careercenter objectives
Growing Microenterprises CareerCenter Objectives:
  • Capacity Building within Maine Department of Labor (CareerCenters)
  • Defining and cultivating CareerCenter relationship to other microenterprise initiatives
  • Lessons Learned from demonstration projects translate into policy objectives
  • Achieving sustainability
description
Description
  • What is a “microenterprise”?
    • A commercial enterprise: a) with 5 or < employers, 1 or more of whom own the enterprise; and b) that has capital needs of under $35,000
characteristics of a microenterprise
Characteristics of a microenterprise.
  • Business owners are diverse
  • Technical assistance is important
  • 1/3 may borrow start-up capital
  • Businesses are small, but can grow
  • Businesses contribute to family income
  • Owners motivated by independence
microentrepreneurs
Microentrepreneurs --
  • May have little or no hard equity
  • May be unfamiliar with language of business
  • May be entrepreneurs of necessity
  • May have industry or trade skills
building capacity
Building Capacity:
  • Starting Point:
    • Microenterprise Training and Technical Assistance (METTA)
    • MicroEnterprise Resource Development Project (MERD)
  • Partnership contributions and relationships
    • MCWWC
    • CEI
    • MSBDC
    • Others….
building capacity1
Building Capacity
  • Self-employment Services prior to capacity building grants
building capacity2
Building Capacity:
  • Scope of METTA (1994 - 1997)
    • 1 of 5 demonstrations awarded by USDOL
    • Primary Focus – capacity building and participant services
    • Recruit and train minimum of 20 staff
    • Recruit and train 50 entrepreneurs
    • Identify approximately 25 business starts
    • Assist with financing of up to 10 businesses
building capacity3
Building Capacity:
  • The primary purpose of METTA:
    • Train CareerCenter staff to help low-income people move towards financial self-sufficiency through self-employment.
    • Establish Self-employment/small business Information and Resource Library at Career Centers
    • Build an integrated Information and Referral System among the business assistance community
    • Provide services to low-income entrepreneurs utilizing existing organizations.
building capacity4
Building Capacity:
  • Focus of MERD (1997-1999)
    • Expand to statewide capacity
    • Primary Focus continue – capacity building and participant services
    • Recruit and train 2000 entrepreneurs from Dislocated Worker population
    • Establish regional networks.
lessons learned key factors for integrating microenterprise services
Lessons Learned:Key Factors for Integrating MicroEnterprise Services
  • Partnership worked together to:
    • Create organizational change
    • Build resources and ensure access to services
    • Establish a track record of successful service delivery and self-employment outcomes.
  • Roles and Responsibilities – do what we do best
    • Sustainability
    • Champions
    • Leadership support
    • Resources
    • Success stories
    • Outcome data
lessons roles responsibilities
Lessons: Roles & Responsibilities
  • – do what we do best:

CareerCenters provide support, access to information, training, and career options for workers in transition

lessons sustainability
Lessons : Sustainability
  • Champions
  • Leadership support
  • Resources
  • Success stories
  • Outcome data
staying in the game dol careercenters role in statewide entrepreneurship development in maine
Staying in the Game:DoL/CareerCenters role in statewide entrepreneurship development in Maine…
  • Maine Enterprise Options (MEO)
    • The doorway – based in legislation
    • Builds partnerships
    • Reinforces identity of CareerCenters as place to go for self-employment assistance
staying in the game
Staying in the Game
  • Commitment to partnerships – staying at the table
    • Entrepreneurship Working Group
    • Project KEEP
    • MicroNet
    • Project GATE
    • Maine LEADS