MicroEnterprise Works

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.

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The MEW Process

  • In helping people realize their dream of starting a small business, we work with individuals to:

    • Develop a business idea
    • Identify potential customers
    • Research competitors, customer demands, and realistic costs
    • Manage disability-related challenges
    • Develop promotional materials and marketing plans
    • Create an accounting system
    • Forecast financial realities and needs
    • Negotiate with vendors

Are You Ready?

  • Starting a business isn’t easy.  In addition to a great idea, you also need to be able to answer these important questions:

    • Do you have experience?
    • Are you able to sell?
    • Are you motivated?
    • Are you a problem-solver?
    • Can you stay focused?
    • Are you a risk taker?

    To assess whether you really want to start a business, click here to learn more about what it takes to be successful.

Who Do We Help?

  • We work with skilled and talented individuals who also have a disability. Most of our clients come to us through referrals from MRS, MCB, and the VA.

    Last year, we worked with over 150 people. Over 50 of them were successful in launching their small business!

Matthew Barnes

  • “Rick and Cheranissa were very helpful in looking realistically at my requirements for the right business partners and have been great sounding boards for me.”  Matthew Barnes successfully launched a small business helping to provide medical care to underserved, low-income seniors in Detroit.  Matthew is a 10-year Veteran of the Army and has a replaced knee.

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What Types of Businesses Do We Help?

  • All kinds! Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of types of small businesses, including:

    • Car detailing
    • Custodial services
    • Dog grooming
    • eBay sales
    • Home improvement
    • Hotdog stand
    • Manicures and pedicures
    • Massage therapy
    • Metal fabricating
    • Music lessons
    • Painting
    • Pest extermination
    • Photography
    • Public notary services
    • Tax preparation
    • Taxidermy
    • Trophy and engraving
    • Woodworking
    • And more!

Cheranissa Roach

  • "Starting a business is complicated. We reduce the risks of venturing out on your own and help make sure that a good idea turns into a thriving enterprise."

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