FIELD's Trendlines series analyzes critical issues and trends in the U.S. microenterprise industry, drawing on data from microTracker.org and other industry data. These analyses are presented through Webinars and Fact Sheets. Funding for the series is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Income Patching among Microentrepreneurs.
How are microentrepreneurs combining self- and wage employment in today’s economic context? This issue of our Trendlines series uses data from FIELD’s microTracker client outcomes survey to analyze how “income patching” has been used by microenterprise program clients in recent years. The brief publication discusses topics such as characteristics of patchers and their business outcomes, including hours worked, changes in revenues, and the creation of paid work for others.
The State of Microenterprise. What does data from the 2011 U.S. Microenterprise Census tell us about how microenterprise programs have reacted since the "great recession" started in 2008? Data from the industry-wide survey helps explore how microenterprise programs have expanded services to business owners newly closed out of mainstream capital markets, assisted traditionally disadvantaged microentrepreneurs survive downswings in demand, and adapted to the changing economy.
Micro Jobs, Fast Facts.This Trendlines fact sheet graphically explores key questions about U.S. microenterprise jobs. Data on the number of jobs, wages, paid workers, and part-time/full-time job status are presented. The fact sheet summarizes the experience of entrepreneurs in 2009 surveyed by 21 microenterprise programs in 2010.
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Trends in Demand, Risk and Funding: Market Conditions for Microlending. What do data from MicroTest and the Opportunity Finance Network's market conditions study tell us about how the twin forces of the recession and financial crises are affecting microlenders?
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Job Creation in Microenterprise Development: What Story do the Numbers Tell Us? Using data collected by MicroTest members through the client outcomes survey process, employment generated by microenterprises, for both the owner as well as other paid workers, is explored.
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Scale and Scope of the Microenterprise Industry examines the results of the U.S. Microenterprise Census conducted by the Aspen Institute’s FIELD Program in 2009.
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Download PDF of Key Data on the Scale of Business Development Services