Helping people with limited incomes start and sustain small businesses.





Commercial Kitchen Survey

Enterprise for Equity is grateful for the opportunity to use QuestionPro to launch our South Sound Commercial Kitchen User Survey. The survey results will help us understand the potential need for a large commercial kitchen facility and explore programs and initiatives to better assist the people we serve and others who want to launch and grow their food-based enterprises. Our South Sound Commercial Kitchen User Survey can be found here: http://questionpro.com/t/ALDasZRa3F

News & Announcements

Financial Education Classes begin January 7, 2015!

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Financial Education provided by Enterprise for Equity is FREE! and open to the public with advance registration.
Call 360-704-3375 x3 or email lauren@enterpriseforequity.org for more information and to enroll.

South Sound Farm to Fork featured in Thurston Talk!

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But listening to an assembly of local food producers and food buyers at last year’s South Sound Farm to Fork event, it was clear that though meet-ups at the farm can happen in real life, they don’t occur as often as you might think.

To build stronger connections among local farmers and food producers in the region, Enterprise for Equity, WSU Extension, Thurston Conservation District and many more partners will once again host their annual South Sound Farm to Fork event on Monday December 8, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (program begins at 1:30) at the Thurston County Fairgrounds.” Jennifer Craine, Thurston Talk.com

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Join Us for our 15 Year Anniversary Reception

We are excited to celebrate Enterprise for Equity’s 15th Anniversary Reception with First Lady Trudi Inslee and many of our other cherished supporters on November 13, 2014 at the Governor’s Mansion. We would be honored if you were able to attend!  Enjoy delicious food and wine with public officials, event and campaign sponsors, business leaders, budding entrepreneurs, our hosts and our valued, academic, tribal, veteran and non-profit partners.

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E4E Grad Tierra Bonita Featured in December ’13 Thurston Talk

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Read the Full Article Here

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Our Business Development Program offers:

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  • Training to build skills and confidence.
  • Technical assistance and support.
  • Peer support from learning circles.
  • Assistance in obtaining start-up funds.
  • Each participant will:
    • Pay a fee.
    • Attend classes and complete homework.
    • Develop and write a business plan.
    • Receive technical assistance.
    • Learn practical business skills.
    • Present his or her business at the Business Showcase (formerly known as the Community Graduation).

Eligibility:

Many low-income working individuals and families qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which you can find out more about on our Whom We Serve page.

“Enterprise for Equity provided me with the support I needed to find a way to fit into the work force. My ideas and organization skills were recognized as strengths and the interactions with others broke up the routine pattern of isolation I sometimes get in.”

“I have had struggles with DSHS about self-employment as a viable option for getting off welfare, but many of the skills I learned in class gave me the resource base necessary to demonstrate my business could successfully meet requirements for getting my family off welfare.”

Enterprise for Equity Graduate