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.
CommunityEnterprise offers the following business support:
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.
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.
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.
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 MicroMentor.org, 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.
Kerrie Carbary Business Advisor, CIE |BGI MBA Sustainable Business (Winter 2013)| Passionate Community Builder Kerrie earned an MBA in Sustainable Business at BGI with an industry concentration in Microfinance and Entrepreneurship. She’s been a business owner several times over, including a paper arts and rubber stamping supply manufacturing company, a sustainable art supply store, a recycled sketchbook and journal...View profile
Julie Chan Business Advisor, CIE | Commercial Real Estate Professional | Economic Self-Sufficiency Advocate In addition to providing training and business development instruction to emerging entrepreneurs in the startup and growth of a small business, Julie runs her own consulting business providing accounting and bookkeeping services to small and emerging companies, non-profit organizations and high net-worth individuals. After more...View profile
Mike Skinner Director, CIE | Corporate Finance Attorney | Microenterprise Activist After twelve years as a corporate finance attorney in New York, Seattle and the Bay Area, Mike chose to dedicate his energy to the elimination of poverty and the development of individual economic self-sufficiency and strong local economies. Selected Highlights Mike spent a year in Central America where...View profile