A microbusiness program improves lives by helping individuals become entrepreneurs

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Inc. started a three-year project to deliver the online Catholic Charities of Omaha Microbusiness Program to 315 budding entrepreneurs served at six Catholic Charities member agencies across the US. The result was the creation of 150 new businesses and 160 jobs.

The project expands on a proven microbusiness program model that helps each year more than 650 low-income Nebraskans avoid poverty while strengthening local economies.

Catholic Charities’ microbusiness program serves low-to-moderate income adults seeking opportunities to become small business owners, but lacking business knowledge, resources and capital. Participants are actively receiving services from a Catholic Charities member agency. Client feedback ensures our curriculum is relevant and effective; curriculum is offered in both English and Spanish, and is tailored to the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the groups we serve.

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Social Enterprise Initiatives

CCUSA supports innovative programs to ensure people have the resources they need to reach self-sufficiency. Social enterprises – operated by local Catholic Charities agencies – are a dynamic alternative to the traditional job training model.

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