The Microenterprise Program

submission by microenterprise

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Organization(s) website(s):

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):


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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


Currently a DBA, seeking a fiscal sponsor

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We help homeless (and extremely low-income) individuals start small businesses.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


We would like to set up an incubator facility for our clients to use as workspace, office space and a store front.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.


Overcoming poverty through business and entrepreneurship

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valey

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Create” metrics? (check all that apply)

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to create.


Homelessness in LA has sky-rocketed and creative solutions are needed to solve this problem. Our organization is doing its part by providing business and entrepreneurial training to residents of homeless shelters throughout Los Angeles. While our clients are getting excellent business training and are even partnered with a team graduate students who volunteer to help them with their business ideas, our clients still lack basic resources needed to actually launch and run their businesses. Many of our clients have struggled with homelessness, addictions and have been incarcerated for many years. For some entrepreneurship is their only option for income. Last summer we were able to secure a small facility for a few of our clients and successfully launched 4 new businesses. However the space could only hold 4 businesses and was also restrictive on the types of businesses permitted to use the space. We have 14 new clients currently going through our training program that will need access to space to launch their businesses in a few months. This funding will allow us to secure a larger facility to help more of our clients launch, grow and operate their small businesses.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The most obvious performance indicator for us is the number of businesses that are able to launch as well as the amount of revenue the various businesses generate. We are also looking at how many of our clients are able to move out of the shelters and into permanent housing. Additionally there are qualitative items that are relevant to our work, such as increased quality of life as well as the pride/self confidence that goes along with entrepreneurship - especially for those coming from a background of homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015