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.
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Budget & Appropriations
Studies have shown that microbusinesses that receive capital access and entrepreneurial development programs, like SBA's Microloan program and Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund, are far more likely to still be in business after five years. AEO advocates for full and robust funding of these programs on behalf of the small business community.
Access to Capital
America’s small businesses are facing a $52 billion capital gap. Many options exist for borrowers outside of traditional banks, but connecting borrowers with these resources remains a challenge. AEO’s primary mission is to create opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs by ensuring that they are able to satisfy their capital needs.
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 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.
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.