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Microenterprise/Self-Employment

The resources listed below fall under the issue areas of Microenterprise/Self-Employment. To view more publications, click here to return to the full list of issue areas in the Resource Directory.

Listening and Learning Series: Exploring Financial Capability & Access for Entrepreneurs (Call #3: A New Financial Frontier: Alternative Small Business Lending) (Slides) CFED
The proliferation of alternative small business lending models has changed the business financing landscape: we’ll discuss this transformation, explore what’s predatory and what isn’t, and discuss how mission-driven product providers can get…
 
Listening and Learning Series: Exploring Financial Capability & Access for Entrepreneurs (Call #3: A New Financial Frontier: Alternative Small Business Lending) (Recording) CFED
The proliferation of alternative small business lending models has changed the business financing landscape: we’ll discuss this transformation, explore what’s predatory and what isn’t, and discuss how mission-driven product providers can get…
 
Listening and Learning Series: Exploring Financial Capability & Access for Entrepreneurs (Call #2: Mastering the Know-How) (Recording) CFED
To a significant degree, entrepreneurs’ ability to navigate the ups and downs of cash flow require a set of knowledge and skills; or the ability to pay for outside help. We’ll investigate the financial skills, tools, knowledge and advice…
 
The Ultimate Driver of Business Financial Vulnerability: Cash Flow Volatility (Slides) CFED
This webinar, the first in a five-part series about the financial capability needs of entrepreneurs and the value of business ownership as an asset, explored the underlying drivers of cash flow volatility, how practitioners diagnose and…
 
The Ultimate Driver of Business Financial Vulnerability: Cash Flow Volatility (Recording) CFED
This webinar, the first in a five-part series about the financial capability needs of entrepreneurs and the value of business ownership as an asset, explored the underlying drivers of cash flow volatility, how practitioners diagnose and…
 
Building Better Business Financial Capability Solutions Webinar (Recording) CFED
Most entrepreneurs launch their businesses because they have a passion or skill to share with the world and a desire to make a meaningful living. All too often, they struggle to master the financial management knowledge, skills and behaviors…
 
Building Better Business Financial Capability Solutions Webinar (Slides) CFED
Most entrepreneurs launch their businesses because they have a passion or skill to share with the world and a desire to make a meaningful living. All too often, they struggle to master the financial management knowledge, skills and behaviors…
 
Making Learning Stick: Encouraging Business Owners to Adopt Technology to Manage their Finances CFED
In 2015, CFED invested in three microbusiness-serving organizations—CAMBA, Northern Initiatives and WESST—to help them better understand the client experience and drive innovation in their financial capability building services. Through this…
 
Going Mobile to Meet Demand: Designing an On-Demand Solution to Teach Business Financial Management CFED
In 2015, CFED invested in three microbusiness-serving organizations—CAMBA, Northern Initiatives and WESST—to help them better understand the client experience and drive innovation in their financial capability building services. Through this…
 
Finding Common Threads CFED
In 2015, CFED invested in three organizations—CAMBA, Northern Initiatives and WESST—to help them better understand the client experience and drive innovation in their financial capability building services. This partnership prepared each…
 
Laying the Path to Business Financial Security: Improving an Online Training Platform to Teach Business Financial Management CFED
In 2015, CFED invested in three microbusiness-serving organizations—CAMBA, Northern Initiatives and WESST—to help them better understand the client experience and drive innovation in their financial capability building services. Through this…
 
Microbusiness Solutions Learning Cluster Design Site Visits CFED
This brief summarizes the Design Site Visits conducted with the three organizations participating in the Microbusiness Solutions Learning Cluster. In it, we offer background on the project and participants, descriptions of the key activities…
 
Microbusiness Solutions Learning Cluster Discovery Site Visits CFED
This brief visually and narratively summarizes the activities accomplished during the Microbusiness Solutions Learning Cluster Discovery Site Visits. The Learning Cluster is a year-long partnership throughout which CFED will work closely with…
 
Financial Capability Solutions: What Microbusiness Owners Want (or Don't) CFED
In seeking new solutions to help build the financial capability of microbusiness owners, CFED sought to learn more about how they would react to new financial products and services through qualitative concept testing—a market research method…
 
Achieving Financial Security through Entrepreneurship CFED

Creating and owning a business has long been a path to financial success and economic mobility. In fact, business equity represents nearly one fifth of total household wealth nationwide, making it the second largest source of wealth beyond…
 

Cash Flow Is King: Microbusinesses’ Greatest Financial Needs CFED
Read our latest Federal Policy Brief on microbusinesses and the Entrepreneur Financial Services Study.
 
In Search of Solid Ground: Understanding the Financial Vulnerabilities of Microbusiness Owners (Full Report) CFED

Though microbusinesses contribute significantly to nationwide economic activity and their owners’ household balance sheets, many still struggle to make ends meet or build long-term wealth. Today, little is known about how the typical…
 

In Search of Solid Ground: Understanding the Financial Vulnerabilities of Microbusiness Owners (Brief) CFED

Though microbusinesses contribute significantly to nationwide economic activity and their owners’ household balance sheets, many still struggle to make ends meet or build long-term wealth. Today, little is known about how the typical…
 

Enhancing Support for Lower-income Entrepreneurs through Major Public Systems CFED
This report identifies opportunities for policymakers to ensure that current …
 
Innovations in Microbusiness: Enhancing the Financial Security of Low-income Entrepreneurs CFED
This report offers an overview of the emerging models of practice, including lessons …
 

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