Advocacy

Microbusinesses, which are defined as businesses with one to five employees (including the owner), account for 91% of all businesses in the United States. AEO's policy agenda focuses on the development of strong and effective microbusiness initiatives to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses.

On behalf of our members, we work closely with policymakers at the national level on Capitol Hill and in the Administration to ensure the availability of capital and technical assistance to entrepreneurs around the country. We collaborate with State Microenterprise Associations, national policy coalition partners, local agencies and other industry stakeholders on our advocacy efforts.

For an overview of AEO's 25+ years of advocacy achievements, click here

July 17, 2018
Association For Enterprise Opportunity Launches The Tapestry Project To Advance Business Development Of Black-Owned Firms
AEO has opened the application cycle for The Tapestry Project, an initiative dedicated to advancing Black business development.

July 17, 2018
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July 16, 2018
Today in Washington

July 12, 2018
Today in Washington
House & Senate to Reconcile Differences in “Minibus” – The Senate voted yesterday to go to conference on the Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction & Veterans Affairs appropriations “minibus” (H.R. 5895)

July 11, 2018
Today in Washington
NDAA Watch – Last night, the Senate voted 91-8 to go to conference on the NDAA. Conferees for the FY19 defense authorization bill will formally meet today for the passing of the gavel.

July 10, 2018
Today in Washington
House Considers SBA Bills Today – The House will vote today to reauthorize the Small Business Administration’s SCORE program (H.R. 1700)

July 9, 2018
The Voice: Industry News - July 10, 2018
A curated collection of news and information related to microbusiness

July 2, 2018
The Voice: Industry News - July 3, 2018
A curated collection of news and information related to microbusiness

June 29, 2018
ACTION ALERT: July Recess Packet
On Friday, June 29, Congress will adjourn for a week-long Fourth of July recess. Your legislators will be back home in their districts and states to meet with constituents like you, and share updates on their efforts in Washington, D.C.