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.
The basics: Community enterprise
In King, Snohomish Counties and beyond, we offer our core services through our CommunityEnterprise Program. CIE’s Community Enterprise Program provides accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support, empowering people to build resilient, sustainable, and equitably shared community wealth. We support underserved entrepreneurs to start businesses that earn a profit and are good for people, the planet, and communities, through trainings in Seattle, South King County, and Snohomish County, followed by guided free one-on-one business coaching.
COAST WORKS - EMERALD EDGE INITIATIVE
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 www.wacoastworks.org). 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.
THE FOOD INNOVATION NETWORK
The Food Innovation Network (FIN) includes organizations, educational institutions, local government, and community working together to create pathways for health, wealth, and success through food system revitalization in South King County. CIE has been a member of FIN since it's formation, with staff serving on the steering committee and on individual working groups.
TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL
Beginning with a partnership with Sound Outreach, we are working on a model to bring our secret sauce of business feasibility training and one-on-one support to Pierce County. Working with Sound Outreach, we are training individuals to spread the word about how to start businesses and build community wealth, while offering support and technical assistance from our home office in King County.