Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness Development
CommunityEnterprise offers accessible and affordable "first step" entrepreneurship training, 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.
Edmonds Community College has partnered with Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship to bring CommunityEnterprise to the college campus.
First Step Program
Have an idea for a micro/small business?
First Step provides students with a quick, reality-based process for determining whether your business idea is realistic and achievable.
Students who complete the course may be eligible to receive one-on-one technical assistance toward achieving their goals.
To participate, fill out the CIE's online application form. An instructor will contact you to let you know if you are eligible for the discount with more information.
Winter Quarter 2018 - First Step Workshops Schedule:
All classes will be held in Maltby 108.
JANUARY: Session 1 - Monday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Tuesday, January 16, 9-11 a.m.*
Session 3 – Monday, January 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 4 – Monday, January 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
*Note: Different day and time due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
FEBRUARY : Session 1 – Monday, February 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Monday, February 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 3 - Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.*
Session 4 – Monday, February 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
*Note: Different day due to Presidents' Day.
MARCH : Session 1 – Monday, March 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 2 – Monday, March 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 3 - Monday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Session 4 – Monday, March 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Programs and Services
Business Advising – One-on-one business consulting. Assistance includes writing a business plan, loan packaging, finding customers and managing business operations.
Ice House On-Ramp - Immersed in the entrepreneurial mindset, participants awaken their "inner entrepreneur" to explore self-employment and business ownership as a meaningful path to livelihoods and community wealth building.
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.
Drill Downs - Stand alone workshops that focus on the fundamentals of business management, marketing,
finance and industry specific topics.
Simple Startup - Develop a business model using a "lean startup" approach.
Mentorship - Using MicroMentor.org, clients connect to mentors for general business support and subject matter expertise.
Contact an advisor, for a complete list of courses and services.