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How to Jump-Start a Startup

We provide the tools, connections, and resources necessary to turn multiple side-gigs into a single, community business. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to build a stable economic future for themselves, their family, and the community.

CIELO Entrepreneurship Program

All the connections and resources needed to launch a small business, right here. You’re invited to partner with a team of experts dedicated to helping cultivate your skills and creativity on the road to achieving your entrepreneurial dreams.

Small Business Startup Course

All the connections and resources needed to launch a small business, right here. You’re invited to partner with a team of experts dedicated to helping cultivate your skills and creativity on the road to achieving your entrepreneurial dreams.

The Source

Our online connections platform, The Source is where to go to find mentors and coaches or to volunteer as a mentor or coach. Simply create a profile, share your needs (clients) or expertise (volunteers), and The Source will help identify a match.

Client Navigation

After completing the six-week Startup Course, continue to work closely with your case manager until launch of business to address business-related issues and answer questions. From legal experts to bookkeepers and more, we’ve curated an extensive network to help you problem-solve in real-time.

Monthly Workshop Series

Offered in conjunction with a different community partner every month, the workshops are open to anyone and cover various business-related topics.

Microgrant

Clients who complete the six-week Startup Course qualify to apply for a microgrant of $1,000-5,000 to help support startup expenses.

Launching Childcare Businesses

Under-resourced, immigrant, and BIPOC communities are lacking quality childcare services that focus on child development while creating meaningful work for the business owners. CIELO offers a 4-week interactive course, followed by ongoing client navigation and support to help individuals launch licensed in-home childcare businesses.

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