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Economic Development of Micro-Enterprises
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(HUD defines a "micro-enterprise" as a business with 5 or fewer full-time employees, one of whom owns the business.)
These activities provide technical assistance in business start-up and expansion to lower income entrepreneurs or to very small businesses operating within targeted neighborhoods. Activities include management counseling. Activities address Objective F in the Five-Year Plan and generally serve households with incomes of 80% or less of the median.
The Commission will fund non-profits which provide technical assistance, or appropriate space for nascent businesses, or loans to individuals starting or operating micro-enterprises where:
the low or moderate income owner's job within the business is expected to become that individual's principal occupation within three years of provision of assistance; or
the micro-enterprise is expected to create at least one full-time equivalent position for a low or moderate income person, other than an owner, within four years.
The 2004 target goal is to help 60 persons start or maintain the viability of their businesses, with a benchmark survival rate of 80% for a minimum of three years.
For information on how to submit a proposal in this category, click here.
Assistance to any micro-enterprise is limited to a four-year period from the first CDBG-funded contact with the non-profit agency funded by the CDBG Office.
Ongoing / currently funded activities in this category include:
City CDBG: Business Development in Strategy Areas
Community Action Coalition: Business Development ("It's My Business")
Community Action Coalition: Business Development for Micro-Enterprises
Impact Seven: Micro-Loans
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp: Business Development Workshops