Current Projects

At CIE we go beyond supporting individual entrepreneurs, aiming to build an ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs thrive.  With this goal, we engage in a range of multi-organization collaborations, community events, research and pilot projects, and sustainable business initiatives.


Our work with The Nature Conservancy’s Emerald Edge initiative started in March 2013 and continues to deepen. In late 2014, with our assistance, the Conservancy secured funding from the USDA to retain us to design and deliver the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Small Business Competition (see Now in its third year, the competition is designed to diversify the local economy through the development of new small, triple-bottom-line businesses, build business leadership in local communities, grow a constituency that supports conservation and sustainable natural resource use, and ultimately contribute to a new vision of sustainable community and economic development on the Washington Coast.