Really good article on benefits of microbusiness and how to support them.
Stuff we know:
- These small enterprises provide, on average, 38 percent of their owners’ household incomes.
- Though the dollar amounts may be small, these additional incomes provide pathways by which families can exit poverty.
- Microbusinesses also create jobs that foster skill development.
- Microbusinesses often employ local residents who are disadvantaged or excluded from traditional labor markets.
- The majority of these jobs offer wages at or above the federal minimum wage, while providing employees with valuable skills and job stability.
New stuff from the article
- Microbusinesses provide products and services tailored to locals
- Microbusinesses occupy otherwise vacant storefronts and provide places for neighbors to meet.
- Microbusinesses stimulate an inflow of community resources.
- Microbusinesses provide role models and support for future entrepreneurs.
Kimber Lanning started Local First Arizona. They are doing great DIY Economy stuff in Phoenix.
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