First published December 2009
This IMPAQ evaluation of Project GATE addresses the following questions:
- Could Project GATE be replicated?
- Was Project GATE effective in increasing business ownership, employment, and self-sufficiency?
Project GATE was implemented in seven sites in three states—Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Maine—between fall 2003 and summer 2005. Almost anyone interested in starting or growing a small business was eligible to participate in Project GATE. Participants were offered an initial assessment of their business needs, classroom training, one-on-one business counseling, and assistance in applying for business financing.