While the results of LCDC's "welfare to microenterprise" project will continue to unfold over the next couple of years, certain change management strategies have already proven effective. These include methods for sustainable enterprise development and partnership strategies for changing state policies. As with the Farmers' Market WIC program, the "welfare to microenterprise" project positions LCDC as a community-based agent for changing state policies, by demonstrating what works at the community level. It also enables LCDC to enter into a variety of strategic partnerships at the local and state levels to develop a collaborative model for social change.
It appears that a community-based approach with strong partnerships at the state level can be a very effective means for rural communities in providing comprehensive approaches to enabling individuals to transition to self- employment. It remains to be learned whether the community-based infrastructure for building social, economic, and community assets for alleviating poverty will overcome the many challenges ahead in moving from "demonstration project" to permanent changes.