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Case Analysis: Evaluation of Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Enterprise Growth Fund
Vol. Volume 2, Number 1 June/1997

Keith Ferrell

Keith Ferrell is the founder and Executive Director of Technical Assistants, a non-profit economic development organization located at 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA, 19107. Technical Assistants conducts a targeted training curriculum, aimed at teaching essential skills which the business owner may lack. The organization-also prepares loan packages and offers individual consulting for business owners in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ. All clients of Technical Assistants must agree to participate in the organization's long-term research study.

This study examines a group of borrowers serviced by Enterprise Growth Fund and compares them to borrowers serviced by other lenders. From a economic development point of view, I find that the borrowers approved by the Enterprise Growth Fund show less potential.

Keywords: Microenterprise programs, Enterprise Growth Fund, economic development.