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About MicroEnterprise Collaborative
MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California consists of a diverse coalition of community leaders dedicated to improving small business development in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and eastern Los Angeles county.
Over 700 banks, Chambers of Commerce, business associations, and nonprofits as well as universities and community college business departments, business programs, services, microlenders, and city and county agencies understand the importance of successful small businesses for the economy of the region and have signed on to become partners of MicroEnterprise Collaborative.
Micro-businesses—those with fewer than five employees—comprise 90 percent of all businesses and provide 23 percent of all jobs. These smallest of businesses create income for business owners and their families and well-paying jobs within the region. However, micro-business owners need the information, expertise, and capital to grow and succeed.
To assist them, small business service providers and microlenders provide training, counseling, and microloans and rely on our partners to refer small business owners who need their help. The purpose of the MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California is to create and sustain business and jobs through micro-business development.
Our Mission Statement
The purpose of the Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California is to create and grow sustainable small businesses and job development by supporting micro business development agencies.
Working Together to Strengthen Micro-Businesses in Inland Southern California
In 2012 a group of community leaders convened in Riverside to discuss what was needed to improve the field of microenterprise development in the Inland Empire. These stakeholders were concerned about conditions in the region that prevented small businesses and micro-businesses from starting or thriving including:
To address these issues, MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California was formed. Bank of America provided seed funding, and in 2014 Project Manager Catherine Marshall, an expert in the field of microenterprise development and a specialist in coalition-building, was brought on board.
Today MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California has grown to a network of over 700 partners. It has also provided a number of public education events, fostered collaboration, and built the capacity of service providers to meet growing demand. All of this has resulted in an increase in the number of small business owners using services and acquiring loan capital to grow their businesses.
Board of Directors
(Treasurer) – V.P. Community Development, AmPac Business Capital
Business Development Officer, Accessity, Southern California
President and CEO, Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Bank of America
Bank of America, Vice President, SBC–Admin AZ/SOCAL, Bank of America
Partnership Manager, Accion Opportunity Fund
Regional Director, Business and Entrepreneurship, Victor Valley College
(Secretary) – V.P. Business Development Officer, Pacific Premier Bank
(Chair) – Executive Director, Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC)
Senior Project Manager, Community, and Economic Development, City of Riverside
Senior Community Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance
Senior Business Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank
With over thirty years of experience in the microbusiness development field, Executive Director Catherine Marshall was appointed as Microenterprise Collaborative Executive Director in 2018. Prior to that, she served as Project Director for the Microenterprise Collaborative since 2014.
Catherine has trained and counseled small businesses, founded her own microbusiness nonprofit, and led California’s state association of microenterprise programs. Over the past 12 years she has helped launch or grow several microbusiness state associations and asset building coalitions throughout the U.S.
Primary Partner Organization
AmPac Business Capital generously serves as a partner by providing an office location and administrative support for the Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California.