The study reported here examined the impact of microenterprise development (MED) programs on low-income individuals using a case study of 140 clients of the Vermont Micro Business Development Program who participated in a statewide telephone survey. The study also examined variables that are associated with change in client reliance on public assistance. Outcomes achieved include: access to capital, positive attitude changes, business start up and growth, job creation, increased household income, decreased reliance on public assistance, and satisfaction with services. Significant relationships were found between certain client characteristics and outcomes and decreased reliance on public assistance.
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Schmidt, M. C., Kolodinsky, J. M., Flint, C., & Whitney, B. (2006). The Impact of Microenterprise Development Training on Low-Income Clients. The Journal of Extension, 44(2), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol44/iss2/3