Exploration of best practices and current entrepreneurship operations and policies of the public workforce investment system, including information on how Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers currently provide support for developing entrepreneurs and gig/sharing economy workers.

"The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education analyzed current entrepreneurship operations and policies in the public workforce investment system, and collected information on ways Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers [now known as America's Job Centers] currently provide support for developing entrepreneurs. Utilizing this information, the Consortium developed an online clearinghouse and this report to broadly share best practices on entrepreneurship activities within the workforce investment.

Specifically, the report encourages the workforce investment system to make entrepreneurial/self-employment training opportunities available for people interested in self-employment under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The report includes recommendations for dissemination opportunities for clarifying ETA entrepreneurship policies, examples of what the field is doing in the area of entrepreneurship, and provides descriptions of how to implement entrepreneurship training strategies." (Abstractor: Website Staff)

Full Publication Title: Think Entrepreneurs: A Call to Action - Integrating Entrepreneurship into the Public Workforce System Throughout America


Major Findings & Recommendations

"Specific recommendations for bringing self-employment/entrepreneurship fully into DOL-sponsored programs for the unemployed are: 1. Pass new federal legislation to break down the silos of community development, economic development, workforce development, and small business legislation in various Federal agencies to optimize our economy and encourage small business creation. 2. Build a partnership at the national level that demonstrates the integration of entrepreneurship as a career option in every industry and as one answer to all displacing events. 3. Provide focused on-going self-employment leadership in Federal agencies involved with economic, community, and workforce development through rules, regulations, and legislation that foster entrepreneurial development and self-employment. 4. Train Workforce Investment Boards in every state to implement strategic planning and strategic doing around employment opportunities that optimize the resources available in their locations, including opportunities for self-employment. 5. Change Federal and State policies to include performance indicators and success factors that focus on changing future economic conditions and recognize the value of entrepreneurship as a career choice. 6. Organize One-Stop Career Centers [now known as America's Job Centers] and other Unemployment Intake Centers to participate in professional development to enhance their orientation to and understanding of opportunities for the unemployed to develop self-sufficiency as entrepreneurs. 7. Modify intake systems for the unemployed to focus on the interests, skills, experiences, and needs of each applicant while maintaining an open mind about employment or entrepreneurial opportunities that best suit the client as s/he seeks self-sufficiency. 8. Encourage partnerships between local organizations that support the training, counseling, and mentoring needs of the unemployed who choose to become entrepreneurs. 9. Help new entrepreneurs establish their businesses as sustainable, tax-paying entities that can be counted as placement successes as they obtain training and plan, develop, and grow their enterprises. 10. Develop demonstration projects of statewide systems that model recommendations in this report for assisting individuals to become self-employed" (p.60-62 ). (Abstractor: Author)