Creating opportunities for a living wage, clearing pathways to conventional banking and financing, and promoting entrepreneurship opportunities.
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The Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) is a small business training program designed to create robust African American business communities. CEO provides African American Business owners with the resources and strategies to access capital, expand their consumer base, secure corporate and government procurement opportunities, request technical assistance, and utilize technology to create stability and growth. The customized curriculum is structured based on the Kwanzaa principle of Cooperative Economics – “to build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth”. The program targets businesses in the early stages of operation and those who have yet to achieve significant sustainable growth. The program is cohort-style with a 12-week business accelerator program, individualized business coaching, and continuing business workshops. CEO consists of 2 phases: Phase 1 - 12-week business accelerator program and Phase 2 – continued education and business advising and skills development workshop.