CEED - Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

About CEED

Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving entrepreneurs and economic developers. Entrepreneurs and Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, CEED’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore opportunities to build more vibrant communities, where young people can learn and look toward a future full of opportunities. A set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of the entrepreneurship, the jobs, the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth. The CEED encourages rural and urban communities to take an active role in planning and directing their future.

CEED is one of the leading professional organization for entrepreneurship and economic development practitioners. We have members and network across the Globe.

CEED’s works to help entrepreneurs and economic developers do their jobs more effectively, and to raise the profile of the profession. If we succeed, our members create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions. To that end, we provide information on trends and best practices, networking opportunities, professional development courses and numerous other services.

Our members are the people who:

Work to persuade new businesses to locate in your community, region or state 
• Try to help the businesses that are already in your community to continue growing there 
• Who look for ways to turn distressed areas into vibrant hubs of economic activity

Some CEED members work in major cities, while others work in remote, rural areas. Some work for public agencies, while others work for chambers of commerce, private nonprofit organizations, public/private partnerships or for universities. Some work with private-sector consulting firms, and some are sole practitioners working in the field. Name a type of economic development project, and some CEED member has worked on it. In short, our members represent the entire range of economic development experience.

 CEED is a Sec (8) nonprofit organization. As such, we are prohibited from lobbying except under limited circumstances, and from endorsing political candidates. Even without such restrictions, we’d still be nonpartisan, because our members’ political opinions are as varied as their work and life experiences are.

We do generate papers on specific entrepreneurship and economic development-related topics, and have provided testimony at government hearings on the value of various entrepreneurship and economic development programs and policies. We also publish annual reports about federal spending on entrepreneurship and economic development projects and offer alerts to members about pending legislation or regulatory changes that could affect their work.

CEED STARTUP | An Incubator & Accelerator Program for Startups

An Initiative by CEED (Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development) under Incubator & Accelerator Program for Startups.