Showcase 2017


Help CIELO Clients Earn Their Way To A Better Future


June 2, 2017 marked CIELO’s first annual Showcase of Success, where we highlighted our clients’ achievements in launching successful small businesses and the impact that our partners’ investments have made. We enjoyed the tastes of catered meals from CIELO clients that have launched their small businesses with CIELO’s support and training, including lunch from Mia’s Catering Events and exquisite desserts provided by Leticia Benitez. We also enjoyed beautiful floral arrangements from CIELO client, Ohana Flowers.

Other CIELO clients that demonstrated their businesses at the event include:

  • Softball Network – Karen Mao
  • Mario’s Cleaning – Mario Ramirez
  • My Swim Buddy – Tiffany Boykin
  • Baloonzilla – Marla Borokoff
  • Delton Scientific, Inc. – Lilia Valdez
  • Daedalus Design – Paul Gallagher
  • Play Well Africa – Dennis Hong
  • Learning Computer Technology – Paula Flores
  • Gallery 667 – Erica Wall
  • #BossUp – Samaria Friends and Chris Chisholm
  • Tainted Kiss – Berta Soto

At the event John Hobson, our CEO, shared about how far CIELO has come since we were launched in 2015, from a program serving one small neighborhood to now serving low-income people throughout Orange County and beyond, thanks to the help of our incredible supporters.Since 2016, CIELO has served over 350 low-income Orange County community members through our entrepreneurship and workforce development workshops, with 150 receiving specialized job training assistance, 75 being placed in a new job, 40 budding entrepreneurs currently being coached and 18 entrepreneurs currently operating their own local small business. We’ve also helped to provide access to capital of nearly $1 million through our technical assistance and referrals.

As we look to the future, we know that the demand for our services is greater than what we are currently serving, so we will be expanding to help serve that demand. Next years event will be even bigger as we continue to meet new and exciting entrepreneurs. Thank you to everyone that attended. Enjoy the photos below!

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