Certified Entrepreneurial Community® Program Relaunches

The Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC®) program is an economic development strategy that helps communities become entrepreneur-ready. A Certified Entrepreneurial Community® signifies this is a place where entrepreneurs succeed.

The CEC® Program has been empowering both rural and up-and-coming communities since 2007 when it was created by AdvantageWest. Creative EDC purchased the award-winning CEC® Program from AdvantageWest in June when the organization closed. We created a joint venture with Entrepreneurial Places (Leslie Scott) and Innovative Economies (Emily Breedlove) to redesign the program.

The new CEC® website has detailed information about the program including certification process, benefits, pricing, and deliverables. Please check it out at CreativeCEC.com

CEC® Benefits

Streamline the start-up process, connect existing assets, grow vibrant existing businesses, attract new innovative ventures into your community, and open the doors for additional market opportunity. Read More

Program Deliverables

  • Action Plan for two entrepreneurship initiatives
  • Coaching and technical assistance from an experienced CEC® team
  • Measured program results through a Score Card
  • Access to proprietary content on entrepreneur programs
  • Website portal to access the Action Plan, Score Card, technical assistance, and network with other CEC® communities
  • Leadership development for entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneur resource directory
  • Best Practice Annual Meeting

How to Apply 

We are accepting communities in two cohorts each year, January and July.  In a CEC® community, Every Door Lead to Opportunity.  Apply Here


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