Small Business Development


Ashoka: Investing in Social Entrepeneurs

  • Posted on: 8 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish, or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry. — Bill Drayton


I attended an interesting presentation today by Ashoka, an organization that supports individuals who apply their entrepeneurial skills to solve urgent social problems.  Since 1981, the organization has supported over 1800 entrepeneurs by providing them with stipends so they can focus on their social endeavor full time, receive professional support, and access to a wide network of mentors from sixty different countries who can provide guidance and feedback.  

Job Corps Created in Afghanistan and now Iraq - Why not Haiti?

  • Posted on: 7 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

There are a precedents for Governments creating job corps in varying forms.  The pictures on the left is of men working for the United States Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 as a form of "work relief" for unemployed families suffering from the Great Depression.  


Minimum Wage and Foreign Investment

  • Posted on: 15 October 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
minimum wageI saw this article floating around on Corbitt's list and thought that it would make for an interesting discussion.  I am no economist and appeal to those of you with a background in small business development to make your opinions know about the following issue:
Will raising Haiti's minimum wage help or hurt the economy?
Clearly, the vast majority of