Community Dividend

HP announces microenterprise development grants

Published November 1, 2007  | November 2007 issue

Three nonprofit organizations in the Ninth District received grants in the 2007 round of the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Microenterprise Development Program. Launched in 2002, the program provides technology access and training to nonprofit microenterprise development agencies that serve clients in low-income communities. For 2007, HP distributed grants of approximately $57,000 to 40 agencies, for a total award of nearly $2.3 million. Each grant includes a collection of HP computer hardware and office equipment, plus $20,000 cash to cover software purchases, technology installation and technical support. In addition, each awardee will receive a separate grant to attend the annual conference of Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a national association of microenterprise development organizations.

Ninth District grant recipients are Latino Economic Development Center, Minneapolis; Sinte Gleska University Tribal Business Information Center, Mission, S.D.; and Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, Independence, Wis.