Our Mission: ASSETS Lancaster changes lives and promotes economic development by providing business support services to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Since our inception in 1993, ASSETS has supported well over 1,500 entrepreneurs in obtaining their goals. We provide 10-week self-employment training, counsel with business plan writing, workshops on specific business topics, business counseling and mentoring and assistance obtaining financing. We also provide direct feasibility study and business plan consulting to nonprofit organizations exploring social enterprise projects . Most of our services are at no- to low- cost. Our staff and volunteers are entrepreneurs, current small business owners and bankers – among others.
Our focus is on local microenterprise development and fostering economic development in our diverse Lancaster communities. The need is clear: Lancaster County’s racial and cultural minority population is 15%, while County minority business ownership (as a percentage of total County businesses) stands at 5.6%. ASSETS has focused our resources here – 62% of our clients are racial or cultural minorities, 55% are women and over 80% have low- and moderate-incomes.