Empower Your Nonprofit & Social Enterprise

Through the Economic Mobility Initiative, the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and our partners at REDF will offer customized curriculums for aspiring as well as existing social enterprises and nonprofits seeking to enhance their impact. After conducting an application process ensuring tailored support for committed participants, CNM and REDF will provide specialized training, technical assistance, and capacity building support.

This may include training topics such as:

  • Building & Growing Your Nonprofit’s Income Streams
  • Explore Business Opportunities
  • Access to Funding Opportunities
  • Employment and Human Resources: Hiring, Training, & Developing an Employee Success Program
  • Conduct Customer Discovery
  • Creating More Sustainable Impact: Cultivating and Maintaining Strategic Partnerships
  • Design Impact Business Model Canvas
  • Messaging and Marketing to Build Meaningful Community Connections
  • Financial Health Management Basics
  • Strategic Impact Assessment & Management

Cohort Application Timeline

Event or Activity
Cohort application opens

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Apply now.

June Info Session (Virtual)

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST

View the info session recording.

Office HoursOffice hours are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
July Application Support Session (Virtual)

Wednesday, July 17, 2024 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

View the slide deck

Cohort application closesMonday, July 22, 2024
Applicants notifiedJuly 29, 2024

Information Session

In partnership with REDF, CNM hosted a virtual information session on Tuesday, June 25. 

View the slide deck here.

What will the Social Enterprise Training Program Offer?

Hybrid Learning

Experience the best of both worlds with a mix of in-person and virtual sessions, tailored to maximize learning and flexibility.

Community Building

Connect and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations and social enterprises in Los Angeles County, tapping into a rich ecosystem of shared resources and support.

Curated Modules

Each cohort will dive deep into a series of comprehensive modules ranging from from product development and financial management to feasibility analysis and succession planning.

Expert Insights

Benefit from live case studies and peer-to-peer discussions, all aimed at equipping you with the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to launch or sustain a successful social enterprise. 

Organization Eligibility

Intake Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization is located in LA County.*
*PO Box use is allowed, but a principal place of business address that must be a physical address and may be different from the mailing address is required.
  • Organization is in good standing (i.e. no pending lawsuits, taxation delinquencies, etc.)

Social Enterprise Sustainable Growth Cohort

  • Organization currently operates an existing social enterprise (as defined by Los Angeles County Code) and is looking to build capacity, sustain, and scale up their business.
  • For EMI partners – here is a checklist of indicators that an organization will be a good fit for this cohort:
    • Is the organization registered and certified as a social enterprise in LA County?
    • If not, does your organization meet any one of the following requirements? 
      • Has been in operation for at least one year providing at least half of their jobs to people who are underemployed or hard to employ.
      • Certified as a B corporation by B Labs or is incorporated as a Benefit or Social Purpose corporation with the State of California.
      • Is certified Green by a city government located within Los Angeles County.
      • A business whose primary purpose serves the common good as demonstrated through a published mission statement and whose principal activity is directly related to accomplishing the social mission.

Social Enterprise Incubator Cohort

  • Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit and interested in creating a social enterprise (adding an earned revenue component to their organization).
  • For EMI partners – here is a checklist of indicators that an organization will be a good fit for this cohort:
    • Has been in operation for at least one year.
    • Has at least five employees, including the applicant.

Application Steps

Optional Preparation Steps

  1. Attend an informational session or office hour for more information about the program.
  2. Complete an intake form.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Upload the following required documentation:
    • Documentation verifying a business address in Los Angeles County, such as a copy of a lease agreement, certificates from the California Department Of General Services, Metro Los Angeles, SAM, or a business license. 
    • Self-attestation from confirming your agency/organization is in good standing with LA County.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, and the application will consider at minimum: ownership structure, industry, and readiness to participate and benefit from training.

Up to three employees from each organization are welcome to attend. We recommend someone from leadership act as the point of contact for your organization, with support from finance, and from operations. While we will want at least one employee to serve as the primary lead with consistent participation and the point of contact from each organization, we encourage anyone from your organization that is involved in the planning of the social enterprise to attend.

Your organization will get more value from the community building aspect if your attendees are consistent. If you’ll be participating as a team, we’ll ask one person to serve as the primary lead and point of contact.

Yes! We don’t need you to come in with a business idea already. As long as you have buy-in from your leadership team, we can help you investigate different business ideas as part of the cohort experience.

Definitely! If you have a business idea that you’re already working towards, or a business that you’re just getting off the ground, the Incubator Cohort will help you understand the marketability and financial viability of your venture. If sales from your products or services bring in less than $100K/ year in gross revenues, you’ll be a great fit.

We will rotate host locations through the County and Center for Nonprofit Management. The Incubator and capacity building cohorts are hybrid: many sessions will be entirely virtual, and some sessions will be in-person.


Please direct all questions to Kennedy Joseph at [email protected].

About the Economic Mobility Initiative

EMI is your no-cost partner in starting and growing your dream venture. EMI empowers L.A. County small business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits by providing tailored support that helps them thrive and build generational wealth in our communities. Visit LACountyEMI.com to learn more.

About CNM

The Center for Nonprofit Management exists to support a thriving social impact sector to advance a more resilient and inclusive region. We do this by serving as a resource, capacity strengthener, advocate, convenor, and bridge for nonprofits in Southern California.

About REDF

REDF believes in using the power of business to create jobs, and ultimately career pathways, for people striving for a better life. REDF invests in social enterprises by providing capital and capacity building assistance to sustainably grow revenue and impact. Learn more

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