Services for Urban Microentrepreneurs

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A recent Pioneer conference on “Microenterprise in Boston: Building the Entrepreneurial City of the Future” included a panel discussion on the range of services offered to microentrepreneurs by various support organizations. Providing a framework for the discussion, John Friar of the Entrepreneurship Center at Northeastern University, conference co-sponsor, spoke of the role of microbusinesses in the economy. Michael Caslin, CEO of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, offered concluding thoughts on the value of entrepreneurship in terms of individual and societal betterment. The remarks of each are excerpted below, followed by a look at the participating organizations and the services they provide.

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