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Evaluation of the SEED Program

In the Summer of 2012, CHSR was awarded a contract to study the Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program.  

Evaluation & Research

Because the SEED program is still relatively new, CHSR will focus on a formative evaluation approach that focuses on identification of process strengths and continuous improvement. As the research and evaluation plan is developed, CHSR will seek to examine how SEED impacts several important stakeholders who may potentially benefit from the program: fledgling entrepreneurs, economic developers, and lenders. For entrepreneurs, the impact of SEED will be in helping develop successful and lasting businesses; for those interested in economic development, SEED could have an impact as a way of growing employment and generating new wealth; for lenders, the importance of SEED lies in the character-based lending approach and how these loans fare relative to commercial loans that undergo a more traditional underwriting process.

Contact: Dr. Bradley Watts