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Training for Microenterprise Creation: The Case of the Center for Women and Enterprise

IJED, Vol. 1 No. 2, (1999)

Women-owned firms are one of the hottest growing sectors in the American economy. Many of these businesses are home-based microenterprises. To support these new entrepreneurs, there are now training programs designed to help women entrepreneurs. The author conducted a follow-up study of 16 women who participated in such a training program at the Center For Women and Enterprise in Boston. Participants were interviewed to determine whether they were progressing toward the goal of becoming economically self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. An analysis of the results of these interviews reveals the program to be very successful thus far in enabling participants to start their own businesses and to acquire the skills necessary to do so. Implications for future practice and research are addressed as well.

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