MicroEnterprise Works (MEW) is a program that helps people with disabilities who are considering starting a small business. We help people evaluate their business ideas and whether they are personally ready to start a small business or be self-employed. If a business idea looks promising, we assist the client in preparing the business plan and financial analysis necessary to receive financial support and start the business.
Over the years, we have helped people start many different kinds of businesses. They have included custodial services, painting contracting, home improvement, a hotdog stand, selling products on eBay, woodworking, trophy and engraving sales, metal fabricating, and others. Many clients offer services such as massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, tax preparation and public notary services, pest extermination, dog grooming, car detailing, taxidermy, music lessons, and others.
Many people think that it’s easy to start a business. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, 9 out of 10 small businesses fail within 5 years. That isn’t a very good batting average! So, we try very hard to help our clients look honestly and realistically at both the opportunities and challenges of starting a business so that they have a good chance of being the one out of 10 who succeed. We do this by suggesting careful, honest, and thorough research during the planning process. We think it is important to know as much as possible about competitors, potential demand from target customers, and how much it REALLY will cost to successfully launch the business. We also help with marketing materials, bookkeeping systems, and operational planning.