The Micro-Enterprise program celebrates abilities and innovation through business development by creating support networks which empower individuals with developmental disabilities to attain their highest level of independence and generate income as integral members of their communities.
Micro-Enterprise is a community-wide network of individuals interested in small business ownership. The Micro-Enterprise program provides business development services through one-on-one business coaching and support to help each individual attain his or her highest potential.
Our development process is based on person-centered planning and small business development principles. Balancing the two facilitates the movement of both the business and the business owner toward independence in the community. At Hope Network, we respect and value each individual for his or her unique abilities. Person-centered planning is instrumental in helping individuals compare their abilities and career goals, and discover their strengths and talents.
Our staff work with each business owner on a one-on-one basis to establish an individualized plan for the business, and work as a team so personal goals can be proudly met.
We provide assistance to small business owners in the following areas:
- Market research
- Brand identity and development
- Writing business plans
- Accessing micro-loans
- Marketing and sales
- Leadership skills
Systems of Support
The Micro-Enterprise program also thrives on support from individuals or groups in the community. A system of support is integral to the sustainability of small businesses.
- Macro Networks of support include community partnerships; business expertise in universities and small businesses.
- Micro Networks of support are built around each small business; assisting the business owner in every aspect of running a business.
We also support aspiring entrepreneurs from these partnering agencies: Thresholds Inc., Goodwill Industries, Spectrum Community Services, and MOKA Corporation.
The Micro-Enterprise program is made possible by funding and guidance through coordination and micro-loans from Network 180.
To get involved with the Micro-Enterprise program, please contact:
Ron Irvine, Micro-Enterprise Specialist
Visit the statewide Micro-Enterprise website!
Feel free to Ask Jenny any questions you may have about our programs or services.