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  • Topic Snapshot

    Topic Snapshot: Telework (2011) -- Available formats: html
    Overview of resources available for this topic.

  • General

    Quality Indicators for Financial Loan Programs (2012) -- Available formats: mp3
    The RESNA Catalyst Project discusses the recently-developed Quality Indicator statements for financial loan programs.

    Telework Loan Program Data Report 2009 & 2010 (2012) -- Available formats: pdf word
    A report on the annual program data for Access to Telework Loan Programs from fiscal years 2009 & 2010.

    Exploring Entrepreneurship - Part II (2011) -- Available formats: word
    Designed as a follow-up to the April 27th webinar on entrepreneurship, Kathy Gilman continues leading a discussion around the steps to succeed in building your own business. The logistics and how to do advanced business planning are explored.

    Publication: Findings from the Top Performers Workgroup (2011) -- Available formats: word
    This document summarizes and presents the results of the Top Performers in Telework Loan Programs workgroup, as part of the Telework Loan Programs initiative of 2010. Five identified Keys to Success are detailed, and specific action steps and worksheets are provided for all program's use.

    Telework - Allowable Loans Fact Sheet (2011) -- Available formats: word
    This overview provides a quick reference as to what are considered allowable Telework Progam loans, as indicated by the latest Technical Assistance Circular and policy evolution.

    Telework Definitions (2011) -- Available formats: word
    This document defines some commonly seen terms related to Telework Loan Programs.

    Telework Raw Data 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: xls
    The raw data report for Telework Loan Programs in FY10

    Update on Telework Loans – September 27, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference reflected on the activities of the loan programs in FY 2009. Nancy Meidenbauer from NATTAP provided Telework Program data since the programs began. Tony Rice, Director of the Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program shared his policy changes that resulted in Maryland's high volume of telework loans.

    Telework Raw Data 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: xls
    This is the Telework Loan Program raw data for FY 09

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

  • Reports

    Telework Loan Program Data Report 2009 & 2010 (2012) -- Available formats: pdf word
    A report on the annual program data for Access to Telework Loan Programs from fiscal years 2009 & 2010.

    Telework data center document (2011) -- Available formats: xls
    This is a compiled document of Telework Data. It includes summary information for FY 10, as well as a volume overview summary of the past 7 years.

    Financing Business Equipment to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is a report on the six years of operation of the Telework Loan Programs From FY 2004 to FY 2009. Includes data about funding levels, program structure, number of loans made, types of borrowers, and types of equipment purchased. Also includes outcome data on increases in wages and maintanence of employment.

    Telework Report: Six Years (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This publication reports on the the Access to Telework Loan Programs for six years, from 2004-2009. It is a comprehensive look at the activity of the Telework Loan Programs, and offers profiles of success.

    Update on Telework Loans – September 27, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference reflected on the activities of the loan programs in FY 2009. Nancy Meidenbauer from NATTAP provided Telework Program data since the programs began. Tony Rice, Director of the Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program shared his policy changes that resulted in Maryland's high volume of telework loans.

    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.

    Suggestions for Partnering (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a summary of the discussion about strategies for partnering with the key groups - VR, Agrability, ILC, WIPa, Business Development Groups. It discussed the messages and means to communicate with these potential partners.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference provides an overview of the three research projects on telework and telecommuting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Researchers from each of the projects discuss their studies and findings to date. They also describe resources that they have produced that might be of interest to Telework loan programs.

    National Study of People with Disabilities Who are Self-Employed (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This study looks at demographic, economic factors associated with those individuals who have disabilites and are self employed.

    Process of Articulating a Brand Strategy (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document goes through the steps of articulating a brand and how to create a brand.

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

    Frequently asked Questions on Telework Listserv (2005) -- Available formats: html
    Questions and answers concerning qualifications of borrower, purchasing training, suppies, repair, and maintenance, providing financial literacy and credit counseling, promoting the use of telework, the definition of a telework center, and preference to those who have IPEs.

    Application Package- Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

  • Sample Documents

    Florida's New Horizon Fund email blast text (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Text for E-blast from Florida Loan Program

    Illinois General Brochure for AFP andTelework Programs (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is a general promotional brochure for Illinois that advertises both the AFP and telework loan program

    Michigan Employment Loan Fund Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Michigan brochure advertising the Employment Loan Fund - two PDFs - one the inside the other the outside

    Michigan Marketing Plan (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    This plan details both the marketing of the telework program and the AFP

    Minnesota's EquipALife General Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This brochure promotes general awareness of all of EquipALife programs.

    Minnesota's EquipALife Telework Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    Marketing brocuhre for Minnesota

    Success Story: Illinois: Angel's Place of Cicero (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Successful entrepreneur from Illinois.

    Washington Telework Checklist (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    This list provides loan processors with the key items to be considered for funding telework loans.

    Washington's WATF Telework Handout (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Brochure from Washington - Do you want to start a business.

    WATF General Handout (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Flyer promoting all of Washington's programs

    Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program Policies (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document has the latest policies for the Maryland loan program that has allowed the loan program to provide Telework loans.

    Michigan Telework Policies and Procedures (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    March 2009

    Staffing for Microenterprise - Program Manager Position Description (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a program description for a Loan Fund Progam Manager

    Virginia Telework Policy Manual (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    January 2008

    Virginia Telework Policy Manual (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    Sample policies and procedures from Virginia

    Writing business plans/curriculum (2008) -- Available formats: word
    This curriculum has been used by the Washington Access Fund to teach busines plan development.

    Kansas Telework Policies and Procedures (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    Policies and procedures from the Kansas Telework program

    Maryland Telework Policies and Procedures (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    July 2007

    Maryland Telework Policies and Procedures (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    Sample policies and procedures from the Maryland Telework Loan Program

    Presentation of Sustainability - WITelwork Plan (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the sustainability plan that was developed through the Sustainability work group by the Wisconsin Telework loan program.

    Wisconsin Telework Policies and Procedures Manual (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    August 2007

    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.

  • Toolkits

    Washington Telework Checklist (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    This list provides loan processors with the key items to be considered for funding telework loans.

    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.

    MDO Funding Resources Sheet (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
    This chart provides a list of the major fuunding sources for microdevelopment loans.

    Comparison of AFP and Telework Data Elements (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This provides an overview of the differences between the AFP and the Telework data that is now required.

    Development of Action Plans - Worksheets (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This series of worksheets provides a tool for loan programs to organize their activities when planning growth and partnerships for the telework loan program.

    Telework Data Reporting Points (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This lists the data elements in the new Telework data collection instrument.

    Self Assessment Tool for Individuals Considering Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a questionnaire for an individuals to use when considering self employment It includes a look at the individual's knowledge and skills and interest.

    Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans Teleconference - November 19, 2007, (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarized the discussion ppoints of the telework marketing branding work gorup. It provides Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans

    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.

    Application Package- Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    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.

  • Marketing Materials

    Florida's New Horizon Fund email blast text (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Text for E-blast from Florida Loan Program

    Illinois General Brochure for AFP andTelework Programs (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is a general promotional brochure for Illinois that advertises both the AFP and telework loan program

    Michigan Employment Loan Fund Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Michigan brochure advertising the Employment Loan Fund - two PDFs - one the inside the other the outside

    Michigan Marketing Plan (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    This plan details both the marketing of the telework program and the AFP

    Minnesota's EquipALife General Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This brochure promotes general awareness of all of EquipALife programs.

    Minnesota's EquipALife Telework Brochure (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    Marketing brocuhre for Minnesota

    Success Story: Illinois: Angel's Place of Cicero (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Successful entrepreneur from Illinois.

    Washington's WATF Telework Handout (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Brochure from Washington - Do you want to start a business.

    WATF General Handout (2010) -- Available formats: pdf other
    Flyer promoting all of Washington's programs

    Telework Top Performers on Marketing - November 18, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    The top performing Telework programs have been engaged in a series of discussions to define effective practices and key components of successful programs. During this call, the group shared an overview of its findings with all of the Telework programs, and addressed specific suggestions around marketing.

    Suggestions for Partnering (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a summary of the discussion about strategies for partnering with the key groups - VR, Agrability, ILC, WIPa, Business Development Groups. It discussed the messages and means to communicate with these potential partners.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 19, 2007, Transcript (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call furthers the discussion of possible branding efforts by the loan programs and includes approaches to marketing to potential influencers.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 5, 2007, Summary of Discussion (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarizes the Key Attributes that were discussed during a teleconference on branding the telework programs.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 5, 2007, Transcript (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call explores the challenges of marketing the telework program and provides a discussion of possible name changes or the addition of a tag line.

    National Study of People with Disabilities Who are Self-Employed (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This study looks at demographic, economic factors associated with those individuals who have disabilites and are self employed.

    Process of Articulating a Brand Strategy (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document goes through the steps of articulating a brand and how to create a brand.

    Resources for Providing Loans for Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This summarizes the findings of the MITE research and lists possible sources of employers intrested in employing teleworkers.

    Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans Teleconference - November 19, 2007, (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarized the discussion ppoints of the telework marketing branding work gorup. It provides Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans

  • Training Materials

    Quality Indicators for Financial Loan Programs (2012) -- Available formats: mp3
    The RESNA Catalyst Project discusses the recently-developed Quality Indicator statements for financial loan programs.

    Update on Telework Loans – September 27, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference reflected on the activities of the loan programs in FY 2009. Nancy Meidenbauer from NATTAP provided Telework Program data since the programs began. Tony Rice, Director of the Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program shared his policy changes that resulted in Maryland's high volume of telework loans.

    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 (2009) -- Available formats: word
    This curriculum is used by Washington Access Fund to prepare potential borrowers to develop a business plan.

    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.

    AFP and Telework Program Review (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    Thsi power point describes the new program review process for AFP and Telework programs.

    Data Collection Instrument for Telework Programs (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This powerpoint describes the new data collection system for Telework Programs.

    Teaching how to write business plansTelework Call - December 15, 2008, Transcript (2008) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Following on the June Telework Forum, 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.

    Washington's Curriculum on Writing Business Plans - Teleconference - December 15, 2008 (2008) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Following on the June Telework Forum, Kathy Gilman, of the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation will introduce a curriculum she has developed, aimed at helping start up home-based businesses write their business plans. The Workbook referred to during the call is available in the Grantees Only section of the site.

    Writing business plans/curriculum (2008) -- Available formats: word
    This curriculum has been used by the Washington Access Fund to teach busines plan development.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 19, 2007, Transcript (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call furthers the discussion of possible branding efforts by the loan programs and includes approaches to marketing to potential influencers.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 5, 2007, Summary of Discussion (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarizes the Key Attributes that were discussed during a teleconference on branding the telework programs.

  • Success Stories

    Success Story: Illinois: Angel's Place of Cicero (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Successful entrepreneur from Illinois.

  • Profile

    MicroMentor Overview (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This document provides an overview of the Micr mentor program to match experienced business professionals with individuals just starting a business.

    MicroMentor Match Story (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is a profile of a mentor and a mentee and how the partnership helped a new business improve.

    Success Story: Illinois: Angel's Place of Cicero (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    Successful entrepreneur from Illinois.

    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

    Getting Ready for Telework One-Year Follow Up Surveys - August 19, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Kathy Meisner-Altman of Wisconsin, Milissa Gofourth from Oklahoma and Kathy Gilman of Washington described how their programs are planning to collect, or have collected one-year follow up data on current Telework borrowers. The discussion centered about required data elements, but also explored additional questions that might be asked of borrowers.

    Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program Policies (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document has the latest policies for the Maryland loan program that has allowed the loan program to provide Telework loans.

    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.

    Kansas Assistive Technology Cooperative (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This presentaton describes the relationship of the Kansas loan program with its Small Business Development Center. The SBDC provides business plan development for the Telework applicants.

    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.

    New Mexico SEEDLoans (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    Thhis presentation describes the close relationship and partanership that the SEEDLoans program has with the New Mexico VR program. It describes how VR support borrowers and also describes current road blocks.

    Overview of the Telework Program (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This provides a brief overview of the Telework Program, when it started and the programs that provide loans. It also describes one loan program, the Oklahoma ATF, in more detail

    Resources for Providing Loans for Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This summarizes the findings of the MITE research and lists possible sources of employers intrested in employing teleworkers.

    Counseling Business Start-ups in Illinois: Small Business Development Center (2004) -- Available formats: ppt rtf
    An introduction to the potential partnerships between Telework programs and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

  • Legislation

    Update on Telework Loans – September 27, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference reflected on the activities of the loan programs in FY 2009. Nancy Meidenbauer from NATTAP provided Telework Program data since the programs began. Tony Rice, Director of the Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program shared his policy changes that resulted in Maryland's high volume of telework loans.

    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.

    RSA Dear Colleague Letter- March 8, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    Regarding grant writing by AFP and Telework grantees

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    RSA: Directions for Home Based Employment and Self-Employment (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation spells out the key considerations for telework loan programs must decide when determining if the items requested for purchase with a telework loan are with the guidelines of the program.

    Grant Funds used for Resource Development - Fund Raising (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Grant Funds used for Resource Development - Grant Writing (2006) -- Available formats: html
    Questions of Interest - Highlights from the Loan Program Listserv Discussions

    Telework Program: Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (2006) -- Available formats: pdf
    A Report on the First Two years of Program Operations of the Telework Program FY 2004- FY 2005

    Application Package- Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003. (2003) -- Available formats: txt
    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003.

  • Essential Documents

    Quality Indicators for Financial Loan Programs (2012) -- Available formats: mp3
    The RESNA Catalyst Project discusses the recently-developed Quality Indicator statements for financial loan programs.

    RSA Dear Colleague Letter- March 8, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    Regarding grant writing by AFP and Telework grantees

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    Application Package- Telework (2003) -- Available formats: rtf pdf
    Financial Loan Program Specifications 2003 US Dept. of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Federal Register August 5, 2003

  • Teleconferences

    Application Red Flags - Low Credit Scores and other Credit Issues (2012) -- Available formats: ppt
    Cheryl Fatnassi from VT and Milissa Gofourth from OK present on application red flags, and discuss possible solutions for programs when faced with borderline applications.

    Asset Development Presentation from WID (2012) -- Available formats: ppt
    The powerpoint to the Teleconference on Asset Development for AFPs and Teleworks.

    Red Flags Teleconference Recording (2012) -- Available formats: mp3
    The audio recording for the May 9th teleconference on Application Red Flags

    What's New in Asset Development (2012) -- Available formats: mp3
    Tom Foley, Deputy Director of the World Institute on Disability, presents on the current state of Asset Development and how to incorporate this into a financial loan program.

    Exploring Entrepreneurship National Webinar - April 27, 2011 (2011) -- Available formats: external
    Kathy Gilman, from the Washington Access Fund, presents this webinar to Telework Loan programs and interested parties. Designed for budding entrepreneurs, this webinar focuses on the beginnings of entrepreneurship and the basics of business planning.

    New Telework Program Directors Conference Call Series:- Fourth Call - Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00pm Eastern (2011) -- Available formats: mp3 word
    Wrapping up the series of conference calls for directors new to Telework Programs, the fourth scheduled call focused on the findings of the Top Performers workgroup of the Telework Initiative in 2010. The identified Keys to Success were reviewed in greater detail. The publication is listed in Word format, and the recording of this discussion is available for review in an MP3 format.

    Telework New Directors Series: Microdevelopment Organizations - April 5, 2011 (2011) -- Available formats: word ppt mp3
    Kathy Gilman, from the Washington Access Fund, presents on microdevelopment and microenterprise organizations. The discussion includes how these groups can be utilized within a telework loan program.

    Telework New Directors Series: The Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) - March 14, 2011 (2011) -- Available formats: mp3
    During this installment of the Telework New Director Series, Rob Groenedaal from RSA and Kathy Gilman from the Washington Access Fund discuss the RSA Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) for Telework Programs. Questions and answers from the invited audience are included.

    Introduction to MicroMentor - February 9, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf other
    MicroMentor's helps microenterprise organizations quickly and easily connect clients with high-value business expertise and industry-specific knowledge. MicroMentor’s services may be a means to expand Telework programs’ service offerings, and help borrowers access a vast network of local and national business volunteers.

    MicroMentor Overview (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This document provides an overview of the Micr mentor program to match experienced business professionals with individuals just starting a business.

    MicroMentor Match Story (2010) -- Available formats: pdf
    This is a profile of a mentor and a mentee and how the partnership helped a new business improve.

    Supporting Borrowers for Successful Businesses - July 28, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: txt mp3
    Welthy Soni-Myers, director of the Virginia Microenterprise Network, presents strategies that have been used to support businesses to ensure their success, once the Telework loan has been provided.

    Supporting Borrowers for Successful Businesses - July 28, 2010 - Power point (2010) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation looks at what happens after the loan has been provided - to ensure it is paid back. The presentation coers loandocuments, the importance of visits to the new business and the encouraging the use of mentors and peer supports. It also stresses the importance of the loan program reviewing financial information and offering ways to correct the course of the business if necessary.

    Telework Top Performers on Policies and Products - February 16, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    The top performing Telework programs discuss innovative loan products and approaches to policies they have taken to help boost the utilization of their loan funds. Strategies discussed included varied repayment schemes such as quarterly, annual or interest-only payments, as well as loan products that combine Telework funds with VR funding, SBA loans, and PASS plans.

    Telework Top Performers on Staffing - March 16, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    The top performing Telework programs share strategies on staffing programs effectively. Strategies to utilize existing staff resources are provided as well as sugestions about other infrastructure components that help programs become successful.

    Telework Top Performers on Training and Supports - January 22, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call focuses on ways in which Telework programs have developed loan-ready borrowers by providing a range of support services including: business plan development, mentoring services, financial education, benefits planning and other supports. The group discussed different approaches to providing such help, including useful collaborative opportunities.

    Update on Telework Loans – September 27, 2010 (2010) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference reflected on the activities of the loan programs in FY 2009. Nancy Meidenbauer from NATTAP provided Telework Program data since the programs began. Tony Rice, Director of the Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program shared his policy changes that resulted in Maryland's high volume of telework loans.

    Washington Telework Checklist (2010) -- Available formats: rtf
    This list provides loan processors with the key items to be considered for funding telework loans.

    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.

    Bi-Monthly Telework Teleconference, September 9, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf other
    Telework programs were presented with a challenge to pump up the volume of loans for FY 2010 by 40% over 2009 levels. NATTAP’s plan for technical assistance to reach that goal were discussed, as well as some of the strategies that loan programs are now pursuing to boost their volumes.

    Getting Ready for Telework One-Year Follow Up Surveys - August 19, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Kathy Meisner-Altman of Wisconsin, Milissa Gofourth from Oklahoma and Kathy Gilman of Washington described how their programs are planning to collect, or have collected one-year follow up data on current Telework borrowers. The discussion centered about required data elements, but also explored additional questions that might be asked of borrowers.

    Introduction to Microenterprise (2009) -- Available formats: ppt rtf
    This presentation defines microdevelopment, describes what a typical MDO might be like, the client demographics and the amounts of th eloans. It discussed who provides microenterprise development services and offers some funding sources and data on success.

    Maryland WorkABILITY Loan Program Policies (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document has the latest policies for the Maryland loan program that has allowed the loan program to provide Telework loans.

    MDO Funding Resources Sheet (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
    This chart provides a list of the major fuunding sources for microdevelopment loans.

    Self Employment Resource Network - Teleconference -February 25, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Eric Guidish of the Illinois Telework Program, and Dave Porter of the Self-Employment Resources Network (SERN), discuss their collaboration to provide mentoring services to entrepreneurs with disabilities. Additional support services offered to Telework clients are discussed.

    Telework Top Performers on Marketing - November 18, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    The top performing Telework programs have been engaged in a series of discussions to define effective practices and key components of successful programs. During this call, the group shared an overview of its findings with all of the Telework programs, and addressed specific suggestions around marketing.

    Telework Top Performers on Partnerships - December 14, 2009 (2009) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call focuses on the partnerships that programs have established that have enabled them to increase the number of applicants seeking Telework loans, develop applicant loan readiness, and foster borrowers' eventual success, including: Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living, agricultural contacts such as AgrAbility projects, Small Business Development Centers other employment-related organizations, and more.

    WATF Business Planning Curriculum (2009) -- Available formats: word
    This curriculum is used by Washington Access Fund to prepare potential borrowers to develop a business plan.

    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.

    Comparison of AFP and Telework Data Elements (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This provides an overview of the differences between the AFP and the Telework data that is now required.

    Getting Ready for Telework Data Collection – October 27, 2008 - Powerpoint (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation provides an introduction to the new data collection instrument that Telework programs will be using. It shows how the instrument is similar to the AFP instrument but highllights additional questions on leveraging funding, type of equipment purchased, and employment status. There is even a follow-up survey one year afater the loan is disbursed.

    Teaching how to write business plansTelework Call - December 15, 2008, Transcript (2008) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Following on the June Telework Forum, 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.

    Telework Data in the MIS (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation shows how a telework program uses the MIS to enter data annually.

    Telework Data Reporting Points (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This lists the data elements in the new Telework data collection instrument.

    Washington's Curriculum on Writing Business Plans - Teleconference - December 15, 2008 (2008) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    Following on the June Telework Forum, Kathy Gilman, of the Washington Assistive Technology Foundation will introduce a curriculum she has developed, aimed at helping start up home-based businesses write their business plans. The Workbook referred to during the call is available in the Grantees Only section of the site.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This teleconference provides an overview of the three research projects on telework and telecommuting sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Researchers from each of the projects discuss their studies and findings to date. They also describe resources that they have produced that might be of interest to Telework loan programs.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 - MITE (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    The presentation describes the research studies and results that MITE had encouraging telecommuting and providing education and other supports to individuals to help them succeed.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 - ODEP Overview (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation provides an overview of the telework research studies that the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sponsored.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 - VCU (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This preentation highlights the research that VCU conducted on people with disabilites who telecomute.

    Findings from Telework Research Projects - March 21, 2007 - Workplace (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    This presentation describes the research survey results that the Workplace conducted and the compilation of resources that the project is engaged in.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 19, 2007, Transcript (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call furthers the discussion of possible branding efforts by the loan programs and includes approaches to marketing to potential influencers.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 5, 2007, Summary of Discussion (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarizes the Key Attributes that were discussed during a teleconference on branding the telework programs.

    Marketing - Branding Work Group Teleconference - November 5, 2007, Transcript (2007) -- Available formats: rtf mp3
    This call explores the challenges of marketing the telework program and provides a discussion of possible name changes or the addition of a tag line.

    Process of Articulating a Brand Strategy (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document goes through the steps of articulating a brand and how to create a brand.

    Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans Teleconference - November 19, 2007, (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This document summarized the discussion ppoints of the telework marketing branding work gorup. It provides Suggestions for Telework Promotion Plans

    Wisconsin Telework Policies and Procedures Manual (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    August 2007

    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003. (2003) -- Available formats: txt
    Transcript for Teleconference Call on NIA for Telework and AFP, August 19, 2003.

  • Meetings

    Innovations in Telework Programs - Washington State (2011) -- Available formats: ppt
    Kathy Gilman's powerpoint

    2009 Telework Forum - Agenda (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the agenda of the 2009 Telework Forum held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va May 15-16, 2009.

    2009 Telework Forum - List of Participants (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the List of Participants for the 2009 Telework Form

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Staffing for Microenterprise - Program Manager Position Description (2009) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a program description for a Loan Fund Progam Manager

    2008 Telework Forum - Agenda (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    Agenda for the 2008 Telework Forum conducted at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia June 25-26, 2008

    2008 Telework Forum - List of Participants (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the list of participants for the 2008 Telework Forum.

    AFP and Telework Program Review (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    Thsi power point describes the new program review process for AFP and Telework programs.

    Data Collection Instrument for Telework Programs (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This powerpoint describes the new data collection system for Telework Programs.

    Development of Action Plans - Worksheets (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This series of worksheets provides a tool for loan programs to organize their activities when planning growth and partnerships for the telework loan program.

    Kansas Assistive Technology Cooperative (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This presentaton describes the relationship of the Kansas loan program with its Small Business Development Center. The SBDC provides business plan development for the Telework applicants.

    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.

    New Mexico SEEDLoans (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    Thhis presentation describes the close relationship and partanership that the SEEDLoans program has with the New Mexico VR program. It describes how VR support borrowers and also describes current road blocks.

    Overview of the Telework Program (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This provides a brief overview of the Telework Program, when it started and the programs that provide loans. It also describes one loan program, the Oklahoma ATF, in more detail

    Self Employment Resources (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This listing ofers a wealth of resources to assist the telework loan program and its borrowers in areas including assessments, business plan development, financial, funding, legal, and more.

    Suggestions for Partnering (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a summary of the discussion about strategies for partnering with the key groups - VR, Agrability, ILC, WIPa, Business Development Groups. It discussed the messages and means to communicate with these potential partners.

    Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation looks at the WIPA program. It describes the differences between SSI and SSDI and how each has benefits that are affected by financial loans and work. It includes ways that a loan program can work with WIPA centers and how to link to these programs.

    2007 Telework Forum - Agenda (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    Agenda for meeting at the Adam's mark Hotel in Denver, Colorado May 21, 2007.

    2007 Telework Forum - List of Participants (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is the list of participants for the 2007 Telework Forum.

    Implications for Providing Loans for Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: ppt
    Two representatives from Telework loan programs look to the new TAC and the research findings to identify implications for their own loan programs.

    National Study of People with Disabilities Who are Self-Employed (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This study looks at demographic, economic factors associated with those individuals who have disabilites and are self employed.

    Resources for Providing Loans for Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This summarizes the findings of the MITE research and lists possible sources of employers intrested in employing teleworkers.

    RSA Technical Assistance Circular for Telework (2007) -- Available formats: pdf rtf
    RSA issued this technical assistance ciruclar in 2007, which provides guidance to telework programs regarding acceptable items for purchase with telework loans.

    RSA: Directions for Home Based Employment and Self-Employment (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation spells out the key considerations for telework loan programs must decide when determining if the items requested for purchase with a telework loan are with the guidelines of the program.

    Self Assessment Tool for Individuals Considering Home-Based Employment (2007) -- Available formats: rtf
    This is a questionnaire for an individuals to use when considering self employment It includes a look at the individual's knowledge and skills and interest.

    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.

    Who are the Home-based Teleworkers? (2007) -- Available formats: pdf
    This presentation highlights the findings oif research studies conducted by MITE on teleworkers with disabilities. It looks at the individuals and the characteristics of the companies that hire these workers. It also describes the supports needed by these workers.

    Who are the Self-Employed? (2007) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation provides information gathered by the Washington program through surveys of its telework borrowers.

    Counseling Business Start-ups in Illinois: Small Business Development Center (2004) -- Available formats: ppt rtf
    An introduction to the potential partnerships between Telework programs and Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

  • Organizational Resources

    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.

    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.

    MDO Funding Resources Sheet (2009) -- Available formats: pdf
    This chart provides a list of the major fuunding sources for microdevelopment loans.

    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.

    Self Employment Resources (2008) -- Available formats: rtf
    This listing ofers a wealth of resources to assist the telework loan program and its borrowers in areas including assessments, business plan development, financial, funding, legal, and more.

    Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (2008) -- Available formats: ppt
    This presentation looks at the WIPA program. It describes the differences between SSI and SSDI and how each has benefits that are affected by financial loans and work. It includes ways that a loan program can work with WIPA centers and how to link to these programs.