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Growing Through Entrepreneurship

Growing America Through Entrepreneurship: Final Evaluation of Project GATE


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.

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