Who we serve
The people we serve are bright, hard-working, and often single parents. Some are WorkSource referrals and persons with disabilities, and others are those who are considered “not bankable” by conventional financial institutions.
The decision to start a small business often stems from the need to supplement income due to low wage work, job loss, divorce, illness or disability, lack of affordable child care, and/or lack of alternatives in the labor market. We have worked to ensure that our support is relevant, meaningful and compatible with the needs of these entrepreneurs.
Our participants often have creative ideas and very marketable talents. Without Enterprise for Equity, they would probably not have access to the kind of training and technical assistance necessary to begin even the simplest small business.
We serve a multi-county region, including:
Please call the office at (360) 704-3375, or email our Training Director: Beth if you have any questions about eligibility. There are sometimes opportunities to work with us on eligibility.
We aim to serve Business Training participants who have annual household incomes under 185% FPL*:
$22,459 for a single person household
$30,451 for a two-person household
$38,443 for a three-person household
$46,435 for a four-person household
$54,427 for a five-person household
TANF recipients, GA recipients, and Veterans Administration beneficiaries are usually eligible.
* All participants pay some tuition. The greatest discounts apply for individuals whose incomes fall below the above guidelines. Individuals whose income exceeds that are encouraged to call for tuition information.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
The Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called the Earned Income Credit (EIC), is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. Prospective participants in our program can find out if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit by answering some questions and providing basic income information using the EITC Assistant at the IRS website. If eligibility has already been determined, the form can be printed out directly here: EITC form [PDF].