In 2012, CIELO began as an incubated project of Oak View Renewal Partnership (OVRP) to serve the under-resourced community of Oak View in Huntington Beach, CA. While CIELO’s programming was being tested and refined in this neighborhood, an economic study on potential community impact revealed staggering inequality for many of Orange County’s low-income and under-resourced entrepreneurs. CIELO was honored fill the gap. After officially launching in 2016 and operating as a fiscally sponsored project of OVRP for three years, CIELO received independent 501(c)(3) status in March 2018. Today, as a comprehensive small business ecosystem, CIELO is proud to lead the way in ensuring equal access to individualized entrepreneurial training and support for our immigrants and communities of color.
Prosperity For All
As the go-to small business support system for Orange County’s under-resourced communities, immigrants, and people of color, we have touched the lives of over 3,000 people and helped 350 of them launch businesses or become launch ready. Through individualized entrepreneurial training and coaching, we provide resources where there are none, connections where they are scarce, and support where it’s hard to find.
Entrepreneurship in Action
We’re open-minded and resourceful, which ensures aspiring entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and all variety of small business concepts can benefit from our programming.