Strategy and Impact
AEO envisions a vibrant microbusiness sector served by a broad range of institutions and sustainable providers of business development and support services—all members and partners of AEO.
AEO’s strategy includes 3 pillars:
Strengthen and restructure the microbusiness field to serve as a robust source of sustainable products and services to an increasing number of disadvantaged and underserved entrepreneurs.
Link the needs of a growing microbusiness sector to an ecosystem of market partners for greater economic impact.
Catalyze new solutions and the rapid adoption of standards and innovation by microbusiness development organizations to drive transformation in the field.
AEO members have helped more than two million entrepreneurs create jobs for themselves and their communities.
AEO has secured more than $300 million federal dollars for microbusiness industry participants since 2001 through its policy advocacy efforts.
Through AEO managed programs, member organizations have received around $20 million dollars of private funding to improve and expand vital programs and services to disadvantaged entrepreneurs and communities, while entrepreneurs have received $1.4 million dollars in technology and equity awards.