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OCTOBER 2, 2015
Noted author and economist, Michael Shuman, to headline the Washington State Microenterprise Association symposium and annual meeting.
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the crowdfunding reforms that became the “JOBS Act,” signed into law by President Obama in April 2012. Shuman is currently Director of Community Portals for Mission Markets and a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and Post-Carbon Institute. He’s also a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is also an adjunct instructor in community economic development for Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Shuman has authored or coauthored eight books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green, is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. His previous book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.
If your organization provides small business training, technical assistance and/or access to micro-loan funds, please, BE COUNTED! A tedious task at times, number counting and collection is critical in making the case, promoting your work, and improving the support environment. Be sure to submit your numbers this year through the 2014 Census. We count on these numbers to tell our story in Washington and across the US.
FIELD at the Aspen Institute has launched the 2014 U.S. Microenterprise Census! At WSMA we believe the Census is crucial to our efforts to build the industry. As a bonus, the fact that the Census data is available online through microTracker.org means that you can leverage the data you provide to strengthen your fundraising efforts and to inform your program management. Contribute your data today!
Before submitting your data, you will want to know about some exciting new changes to the Census:
How Do I Submit my Data?
Simply visit www.microtracker.org/censusand select your survey. You will be prompted to log into microtracker, or to create a free registration if you do not already have an account. This process will take just moments, and then you’ll be on your way. The first few sections of the survey pre-fill based on past survey data. Review and update these sections if needed, then start filling in your data. You can save your data as you go by clicking ‘Save and Continue’ at the bottom of each page. You can come back and complete your survey at a later date, if needed. Just remember to log into microTracker with the same account information you used to start the survey. That’s it! Thank you for contributing your data.