Finding training, technical assistance and capital can be difficult for low income or disenfranchised people. Those wishing to start a “microenterprise” — a very small business, usually with fewer than 10 employees and little capital — often do not qualify for traditional bank loans and may not have access to resources that others enjoy.
But support may be available in untraditional places. An upcoming event at UW Tacoma brings together people and organizations interested in supporting microenterprises in Pierce County.
The Microenterprise Community Forum, held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 11, at William Philip Hall on the UW Tacoma campus, features speakers Teresa Lemmons, executive director of the Washington State Microenterprise Association in Federal Way, and Sharon Barber, Director of Economic Development at the Metropolitan Development Council.
The forum is sponsored by the Milgard School of Business and the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility, with support from Catherine Place, and RESULTS.
For more information and registration, visit Tacoma.uw.edu/clsr/microenterprise.