Join CCEDA and leading community economic development (CED) practitioners for workshops in Los Angeles and Oakland. Daylong sessions will convene CED practitioners, nonprofit staff, local government, and funders to share successes and challenges while providing plenty of time for networking and collaboration. Discussions will focus on emerging sectors of the CED field and are intended to inform and empower community-based nonprofits to build successful, sustainable programs and partnerships.


Job Creation and Entrepreneurship in the Community-Based Food Industry

Monday, April 23rd in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 25th in Oakland

CED organizations have developed successful programs that train entrepreneurs in fresh and healthy food production, processing, and distribution, including incubators, training programs, and value-added food processing. These programs offer hands-on training and business technical assistance for local entrepreneurs, while bringing fresh and healthy foods to food deserts.

Join seasoned practitioners for a workshop focusing on how CED organizations can build economic opportunity in their communities through incubators, training programs, and other entrepreneurial activities in the fresh food sector. Hear from financial institutions and other supporting organizations about industry trends and opportunities. Learn how some of the most successful programs were designed and discuss best practices with CED veterans. Detailed case studies will contextualize challenges, opportunities, and successes.

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Community-Based Social Enterprise

Wednesday, June 13th in Oakland

Monday, June 18th in Los Angeles

Social enterprise (SE) is a hot topic in the CED field and the broader business community. In recent years, CED organizations across the state have established SEs that create jobs and build wealth while providing services and goods to their communities. There is incredible potential in this emerging field, but CED practitioners must also understand the inherent risks and challenges.

Join seasoned practitioners for a workshop focusing on how SEs can complement and augment place-based CED work. Hear how successful SEs operate, how to determine when a SE makes sense, funding opportunities, and best practices from funders and leading practitioners in the field. This session will inform community-based organizations and foster discussions among CED practitioners, and will include an overview of how social enterprises operate, key concepts to consider in business planning, legal structures, and business management. Detailed case studies will contextualize challenges, opportunities, and successes.

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These sessions are made possible with the generous support of JP Morgan Chase, Cathay Bank, FHLB-SF’s AHEAD program, and the California Community Services and Development Department.

CCEDA also thanks our organizational supporters: Wells Fargo Bank, OneWest/CIT Bank, City National Bank, Cathay Bank, BBVA, US Bank, JP Morgan Chase, State of California Community Services and Development, Citigroup, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Comerica Bank, Bank of the West, Pacific Premier Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Boston Private, and California United Bank.