RESNA Catalyst Project Document Search
Capitalizing Ability (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
Published in the World Institute on Disability's Equity newsletter, December 2008, this looks at the promise of the microenterprise field for people with disabilities. It compares the micro approach with that of vocational rehabilitation.
Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
A report from the FIELD program of the Aspen Institute, this is a 20 year look at the accomplishments of Microenterprise programs. It identifies challenges and makes recommendations to grow the filed.
Introduction to Starting and Sustaining a Microenterprise Development Program (2003) -- Available formats: pdf
This is a training module developed by AEO that gives the history of the microdevelopment movement.
Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Survey (unknown) -- Available formats: rtf
Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Survey was produced by the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment. This tool helps would-be entrepreneurs gauge how well self-employment may work for them.
Assessing Organizational Readiness (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
This is an assessment survey that businesses and potential clients complete when a microlender is considering starting in a community. It has a list of potential services that could be offered by the microlender.
Underwriting/Evaluation Guidelines for Microenterprise and Small Business Loans (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
This document provides guidance for loan programs undewriting telework loand for self employment. Underwriting looks at financial and credit data, the personnel of the business, collateral, and repayment ability.
Introduction to Microenterprise Development (2009) -- Available formats: rtf ppt
This provides an overview of the microenterprise field, a history, typical businesses, case examples of businesses, challenges and pitfalls. It also looks at funding for these loan programs, the MicroTest program, and trends for growth in the industry.
WATF Business Planning Curriculum Presentation (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
In this presentation, Kathy Gilman of the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation introduces a curriculum she has developed, aimed at helping start up home-based businesses write their business plans.
Comparative Profiles of Three Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
This chart looks at three microlenders and compares them. The three programs are : GANE, Gulf Coast, and WATF
Overview of Microenterprise Organizations (2009) -- Available formats: rtf ppt
This provides the background of the microenterprise field and explores how the Telework Programs are part of this field in that the programs serve similar client bases, provide similar typical loans, and are organized similarly.
MicroLenders (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
This presentation describes the microlender programs in the country, the typical lenders and their services. It also looks a the demographics of the borrowers of micro lenders.
2009 Telework Forum Follow-Up - July 14, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
This call provides a recap of major issues that were discussed at the 2009 Telework Forum in Arlington, VA. A presentation on the microenterprise development field was given by NATTAP. Rob Groenendaal, Brian Bard, and Jeremy Buzzell from RSA provided insight into the case-by-case evaluation standard established in the 2007 Telework Technical Assistance Circular.
Federal Funding Sources for Microenterprise Development (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
This lists common funding sources, primarily federal programs that provide funding to microlenders.
Funding for Microenterprise Development Organizations (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
List of current and potential funders of microloan programs.
MicroMentor.org (2010) -- Available formats: external
MicroMentor.org - A resource that connects microentrepreneurs with mentors with experience appropriate to their business. Microenterprise development organizations can become an affiliate, and receive additional services such as outcome tracking.