mi·​cro·​en·​ter·​prise ˌmī-krō-ˈen-tər-ˌprīz How to pronounce microenterprise (audio)
: a very small business

Examples of microenterprise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be eligible for the program, microenterprises must operate within Milpitas city limits, not exceed five employees (including W2 employees and sole proprietors) and operate as a for-profit enterprise. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 21 Jan. 2024 The city has allocated $50,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for MEAP in order to provide up to 25 Milpitas microenterprises each with $2,000 in grant funding. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 21 Jan. 2024 This program is designed to provide economic assistance to microenterprises within Milpitas. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 21 Jan. 2024 In explaining more than one council vote, Andrea Cardenas referenced her personal challenges before casting her vote on topics such as affordable housing, microenterprise home kitchen operations and the city’s first bridge shelter. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 The microenterprise structure, and the new payment model reflecting market impact, reinforce the fostering an entrepreneurial behavior. Bill Fischer, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The first phase, called the microenterprise phase, included everything mentioned before, so the company accomplished a major cultural (including both social and technical systems) transformation in only four years. Bill Fischer, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The nonprofit serves the city’s refugee community and was awarded more than $183,000 for its microenterprise program, which provides refugees and immigrants with technical assistance to start or expand small businesses. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 The city of Berkeley, which has its own health department, also voted to legalize microenterprise home kitchens but has yet to finalize a permitting process. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microenterprise was in 1980

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“Microenterprise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microenterprise. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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