While most of FIELD’s efforts focus on providing support to the microenterprise development organizations that work directly with entrepreneurs at the community level, there are two FIELD resources targeted specifically at business owners: the U.S. Microenterprise Program Directory and an innovative program called MicroMentor.
U.S. Microenterprise Program Directory
The Directory is developed through a nationwide survey of microenterprise programs conducted by FIELD. It lists contact information for hundreds of programs across the nation, with more detailed entries for many of them. You can search the on-line directory to learn more about microenterprise organizations in your community, or download highlights from the U.S. Microenterprise Census.
MicroMentor helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses through mentoring relationships with experienced business professionals, using the convenience of Internet technology. Budding entrepreneurs can broaden their business savvy by finding an experienced business owner or professional willing to share their hard-won expertise. MicroMentor also provides an enriching volunteer opportunity for people with business know-how who want to serve as mentors. In July 2006, FIELD signed an agreement to transfer MicroMentor to Mercy Corps, the international humanitarian relief and development agency, effective October 1, 2006. Click here to learn more about this spin-off. Click here to find out how to find or become a mentor, and to learn more about MicroMentor.