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C.E.O. Women

C.E.O. Women, a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA works in partnership with Oakland Adult Education to aid immigrant and refugee women in becoming economically self-sufficient and contributing members of our society. C.E.O. Women shares office space, training labs, and teachers with Oakland Adult Education at their Neighborhood Centers Adult school site.

Through this partnership, C.E.O. Women leverages tremendous institutional capacity and administers the following programs to help low-income immigrant women develop the skills and tools for self-sufficiency.

1. Entrepreneurship and ESL Training

Operated closely with ESL staff from Oakland Adult Education, participants improve their business-oriented English skills while gaining business ownership skills. C.E.O. Women staff and Oakland Adult Education teachers conduct daily classes together during 13-week sessions. Women gain skills in reading, writing, comprehension, basic math, marketing, legal issues, negotiation skills, finance. public speaking and networking. Our curricula are designed to meet standards for Adult Education approval and funding streams, including the federally-mandated 231 Grant Program for Adult Vocational Literacy. In addition to classroom learning, C.E.O. Women celebrates the strengths and talents of immigrant and refugee women by hosting a "featured business" event open to the public, called Shine Your Brilliance.

2. Technology Training

In today's business environment, use of computer technology is critical to success. C.E.O. Women's technology component focuses on computer software applications to help women develop business marketing tools, financial reports, and operational skills. They learn basic computer skills, web browsing, standard business software, graphic design tools, and financial applications. Women also gain access to online financing and are assisted in completing applications to Count-Me-In (an on-line loan service).

3. Mentoring and Coaching

Professional businesswomen provide ongoing technical assistance to those who have completed C.E.O. Women's program. These business professionals aid recent graduates in expanding networks, clarifying important business issues, setting goals, identifying and addressing barriers to their success, and creating action plans that work. In this way, new entrepreneurs can have access to professional coaching, one-on-one consulting, and mentoring resources to help launch and grow a business for a period of six months.

C.E.O. Women Web site

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