Our work is built around understanding and strengthening the role of business ownership as an economic opportunity strategy in the United States. We work to build knowledge and strengthen practice by exploring innovation, conducting research, and evaluating new ideas, helping to build the microenterprise industry’s infrastructure, disseminating best practices to practitioners and serving as a resource to donors and investors interested in microenterprise.
Microenterprise in the United States
FIELD engages in research and evaluation to explore and document the role that microenterprise and business ownership can play in expanding opportunity in the United States. Learn more about the role that microenterprise plays.
FIELD’s current and recent projects have worked to build knowledge and practice in a number of ways – through applied research and evaluation, in-depth peer learning, leadership development, and grant making. Learn more about our current and recent projects.
FIELD is currently partnering with the Asset Funders Network (AFN) to provide content to its member funders on the role of microenterprise in building assets and expanding opportunity. Our work with AFN includes developing publications, offering webinars, and shaping and delivering content for AFN’s in-person meetings. FIELD also works one-on-one with foundations and corporations to help to shape their microenterprise and business ownership strategies. Learn more about our donor resources.