AnewAmerica facilitates the creation and expansion of microenterprises for new citizens, immigrants, and refugees.  Read below to find out more about microenterprises, other microenterprise organizations, and useful websites for microentrepreneurs.

About Microenterprise

What is a microenterprise?

A microenterprise is a business with 5 or fewer employees that can usually be started for less than $35,000.  A microentrepreneur is the business owner.  Typical microenterprises include childcare, gardening, specialty food production, arts and crafts, and business and personal services such as computer repair or hair and nail care.  Many times a microenterprise is started because a family needs a little bit of extra income to make ends meet.

Microenterprise works.  The proof is in the numbers.  Of microentrepreneurs who started out on welfare:

  • 72% increased their household income an average of $8,484 over 5 years, and increased their household assets by $15,909
  • 53% moved over the poverty line
  • 61% decreased their reliance on public assistance

From Microenterprise for Welfare Recipients:  A Tool for Self-Sufficiency by the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO).  For more information, please visit their web site

Microenterprise Organizations

Asian Americans For Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Ave., Suite #300
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: (408) 975-2730
Fax: (408) 975-2745

The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC  20036
Phone:  (202) 736-1071
Fax:  (202) 467-0790

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
1601 N. Kent Street, Suite 1101
Arlington, VA  22209
Phone:  (703) 841-7760
Fax:  (703) 841-7748

California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)
655 13th Street, Suite 201
Oakland, CA  94612
Phone:  (510) 238-8360
Fax:  (510) 238-8361

Cardea Center for Women
1922 The Alameda, Ste 425
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (650) 740-8161, (408) 396-8039

Center For Employment Training
Sobrato Center
701 Vine Street, 2nd Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 287-7924

San Jose Public Library
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 808-2000

Silicon Valley- SCORE
234 East Gish Road, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 453-6237

TCM Working Solutions
440 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: (415) 989-8855 (English)
Phone: (415) 655-5448 (Spanish)


Useful Websites

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Click here for help with planning your business!

CARAT (Technology Resource)

Opportunity Fund

Oakland Business Development Corp.

IRS Tax Center
Small Business/Self-Employed Tax Center