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CommunityEnterprise offers accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support, empowering people in low-wealth and underserved communities to start and grow profitable small businesses sustainably connected to a local, living economy. Through entrepreneurship, our clients are pursuing individual financial self-sufficiency and becoming leaders in building sustainable wealth and resilience in their communities.

Upcoming Events

  • Enterprise

    May 25 @ 2:07 am
  • CommunityEnterprise offers the following business support:

    Business Advising

    The heart and soul of our program, where we can tailor customized and person-centered assistance to meet our clients where they are and address their specific and unique gifts, challenges, and business ideas. Assistance includes writing a business plan, loan packaging, finding customers, and managing business operations.

    Ice House On-Ramp

    Participants are immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset to awaken their “inner entrepreneur,” empowering them to explore the possibility of self-employment, business ownership and entrepreneurship as a meaningful path to sustainable livelihoods and sustainable community wealth building. Offered only through CareerBridge to WIA-eligible adults of in partnership with community-based agencies and organizations to cohorts of ten or more participants.

    First Step

    A “reality check” designed to help participants assess readiness and the feasibility of a business idea and get to a quick “go or no go” decision. Approximately 8 hours, offered in groups (4 weekly two-hour sessions) or one-on-one. Offered monthly at multiple locations. Check our event calendar for details.

    Simple Startup

    An experiential “planning in action” process using cutting edge “lean startup” approach to develop a business model that will support sustainable profits. Approximately 24 hours, offered in groups (8 weekly three-hour sessions) or one-on-one. Offered periodically on demand. Check our event calendar for details.

    Drill Downs

    Standalone workshops that drill down on the fundamentals of business management, marketing and finance or industry specific topics. Generally 2-3 hours offered periodically on demand. Check our event calendar for details.

    Worker Cooperative Program

    Worker Cooperatives build strong local economies. CIE’s Worker Cooperative Program provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and community support to underserved entrepreneurs to start or strengthen worker cooperatives or to convert existing businesses to worker ownership. Join us for a 90 minute Introductory Workshop, 4 class First Step Cooperative Series, or 8 class Worker Cooperative Academy.

    Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


    Using, we help our clients connect to mentors for general business support and subject matter expertise.

    Submit your application today for any of our programs, and take a step toward your business success! If you have any questions or would like more information about CommunityEnterprise of the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, contact us by email or call us at 206.780.6230. To apply for our Worker Cooperative Program, call us at 206.780.6208.