The U.S. Microenterprise Census is an annual online survey to obtain updated information on the scope and scale of the U.S. microenterprise industry. Providers of microbusiness services, from business development to financing, may participate. The online survey is intelligent; you will only be asked questions that apply to your program. Your answers to the quantitative questions will enable your organization to more clearly distinguish itself to funders and media, build a stronger database for your own benchmarking and other data needs, and provide important information for advocacy efforts for this field. To add your data and take advantage of this opportunity for your organization, visit www.microTracker.org/census.
Invest STL, a charitable fund supporting the vitality of St. Louis neighborhoods into the future, has announced that they have reached their first fundraising goal—149 investors have raised $10,357. An initial $2,500 will be granted out to community organizations with project ideas that will make their communities stronger, with $7,500 in reserve for future allocations. The organization is now officially accepting grant applications, which can be found at www.investl.org. All applications must be submitted by August 1 at 5 p.m. to be considered for the first grant.