About Us

“Our mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion.”


CIELO is a grassroots organization that empowers hardworking Orange County residents to pursue economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish this by setting our clients on a path to success through two key areas: Entrepreneurship and Upward Mobility. Our goal is to equip clients with an entrepreneurial mindset, along with the passion, resourcefulness, and hard work that go into entrepreneurship, to give them an advantage as they launch small businesses and/or grow in their careers. Each year, we reach 1,000 primarily low-income people. Our services help our clients learn and earn, transferring the knowledge they gain from CIELO into an increase in earnings and stability.

Elisabeth works with a client.

Program Manager and Coach, Elisabeth Pechs, works with a client at the CIELO Center at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Entrepreneurship: CIELO takes entrepreneurs through the process of developing their business idea, acquiring the entrepreneurial skills to succeed, and gaining tools and resources to build a solid business foundation from which to grow. We strategically invest in local ventures that will bring innovation and financial growth to our community, helping to further develop Orange County as an economic engine for Southern California.

Upward Mobility: CIELO connects people, especially those who are low-income, to individualized job training, skill building, and employment search services. Our work helps to close Orange County’s skills gap by preparing under-resourced people for middle-skill occupations – jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor’s degree. Middle-skill jobs growth is critical to a thriving economy and opens the door for more low-income people to be financially successful.