Join AEO

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is the leading voice of innovation in microfinance and microbusiness in the United States. By joining AEO, you become part of an active and diverse network of organizations and individuals working together to create economic opportunity for entrepreneurs in low-wealth communities.

Through AEO resources and benefits, you’ll stay on top of the latest news, trends and insights in microfinance and microbusiness and connect to the policy-makers, philanthropists and other influencers that can support and impact your work.

Whether well-established or new, AEO offers your organization a broad range of support and resources that can help team members become more effective professionals, practitioners, advocates, investors and supporters of mircrobusiness in the United States.

With more than 25 years of experience supporting microbusiness development through various political climates, AEO remains the foremost, largest and most comprehensive source of advocacy, resources and tools dedicated to the industry.  Below are our three areas of emphasis:

  • Research and Insights - Research and insights help you fundraise, invest and design more effective programs that put your organization’s experience in a larger market context.  Ground breaking reports  provide industry analysis, market sizing, deep understanding of distinct segments, and economic impact studies.
  • Policy and Advocacy - AEO advocacy  educates policymakers and ensures that our industry issues and positions are noticed in a changing and challenging policy environment. The AEO policy agenda seeks system and regulatory changes and communicates your policy priorities to policy makers, opinion leaders and the public. We provide you with critical insights and help you make strategic connections needed to navigate the changing political climate at the national and state level.
  • Innovation - AEO Innovation and Initiatives helps you take advantage of leading edge services and solutions developed in collaboration with strategic partners and industry leaders.

Membership Levels, Dues and Application

AEO offers a flexible, tiered membership structure with benefits and value designed to meet your desired level of engagement and participation.

  • Standard (No charge)
  • Core ($300.00 annually)
  • Premium ($600 annually)

Submit Your Membership Application