Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship)
Random Assignment Demonstration Overview
Many Americans have the motivation and skills to develop a small business on their own, but they may lack business experience or more importantly the access to financing. Project GATE was devised to fill this gap. Project GATE was initiated in 2003 to help emerging entrepreneurships create, sustain, and/or expand their existing small business. To help emerging entrepreneurs, Project GATE teamed Employment and Training Administration (ETA) training and assistance programs with economic development entities such as local small business development centers, women's business development centers, local chambers of commerce, and entrepreneurial service providers, and small business loan providers.
Because of the success of the original Project GATE, the Employment & Training Administration (ETA) awarded in June 2008 four new Project GATE II grants for the extension of the Project GATE model to federal dislocated workers in rural areas and over the age of 45. Minnesota and Virginia received grants to provide Project GATE services to federal dislocated workers over the age of 45. North Carolina and Alabama received grants to provide Project GATE services to federal dislocated workers in rural areas. Each of the grantees has gone through an extensive design process to arrive at a final research design. Three states (VA, NC, and AL) are conducting random assignment experiments and one state (MN) is using a non-experimental design employing comparison groups. Each of these designs includes both the grantee's approach to executing their research design in the sites and a data collection plan for the collection of outcomes data. At this time, the grantees have begun implementation of their new GATE II projects and are enrolling participants.