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CIELO

 16787 Beach Blvd, Ste. 233
 Huntington Beach, CA 92647
[P] (714) 756-2006 x 705
[F] --
www.cielocommunity.org
www.cielohub.com
[email protected]
John Hobson
FOUNDED: 2014
INCORPORATED: 2015
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Organization DBA CIELO
Former Names The Hub (A Center for Innovation) (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 82-1422603 --

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion.
 
CIELO is a grassroots organization that empowers hardworking Orange County residents to pursue economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish this by setting our clients on a path to success through two key areas: Entrepreneurship and Upward Mobility. Our goal is to equip clients with an entrepreneurial mindset, along with the passion, resourcefulness, and hard work that go into entrepreneurship, to give them an advantage as they launch small businesses and/or grow in their careers. Each year, we reach 1,000 primarily low-income people. Our services help our clients learn and earn, transferring the knowledge they gain from CIELO into an increase in earnings and stability.
 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion.
 
CIELO is a grassroots organization that empowers hardworking Orange County residents to pursue economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish this by setting our clients on a path to success through two key areas: Entrepreneurship and Upward Mobility. Our goal is to equip clients with an entrepreneurial mindset, along with the passion, resourcefulness, and hard work that go into entrepreneurship, to give them an advantage as they launch small businesses and/or grow in their careers. Each year, we reach 1,000 primarily low-income people. Our services help our clients learn and earn, transferring the knowledge they gain from CIELO into an increase in earnings and stability.
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $475,000.00
Projected Revenue $485,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Economic Achievement Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion.
 
CIELO is a grassroots organization that empowers hardworking Orange County residents to pursue economic self-sufficiency. We accomplish this by setting our clients on a path to success through two key areas: Entrepreneurship and Upward Mobility. Our goal is to equip clients with an entrepreneurial mindset, along with the passion, resourcefulness, and hard work that go into entrepreneurship, to give them an advantage as they launch small businesses and/or grow in their careers. Each year, we reach 1,000 primarily low-income people. Our services help our clients learn and earn, transferring the knowledge they gain from CIELO into an increase in earnings and stability.
 

Background Statement

 

CIELO was first offered as a program of grassroots organization Oak View Renewal Partnership (OVRP), which works to improve the future of an impoverished neighborhood in Huntington Beach, CA. After several years of demonstrating success and expertise in providing workforce development services in this neighborhood, OVRP identified entrepreneur development as a way to empower residents to obtain economic self-sufficiency.

OVRP developed a partnership with Golden West College, which had identified a similar need for students across multiple disciplines to supplement technical skills and learn how to start and manage their own businesses. With these needs identified, OVRP conducted a feasibility study and assessed how their partnership could uniquely meet these needs in the Orange County community. In 2015, the two organizations launched CIELO, a program that would act as a resource and starting point for entrepreneurial-minded students, Oak View residents, and members of the greater Orange County community. CIELO has grown into a stand-alone entity that helps Orange County residents achieve economic self-sufficiency by launching their own small businesses and receiving vital workforce training.

 

 


Impact Statement

CIELO’s overall goal is to empower low-income community members to achieve economic self-sufficiency. We’ve established the following objectives to achieve this goal during our next fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019:

  1. 1,200 Orange County residents will participate in the services offered by our Economic Achievement Program.
  2. 250 participants will complete our entrepreneur development program.
  3. 90% of participants will indicate an increase in knowledge of basic business principles, including business and vision planning, feasibility, market/customer acquisition and research, and accessing capital and business systems.
  4. 35 participants will successfully launch their own small businesses within a year of completing the training program.
  5. 20 participants will obtain micro-loans for their small businesses through our technical assistance.
  6. 75% of participants in workforce development training will increase their income as a result of participating in the program.

Before CIELO was launched in 2015, CIELO’s advisory board approached Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor for the Orange County Business Council, and asked him to conduct an economic impact report. Based on Dr. Walrod’s evaluation of the need for CIELO’s services in Orange County, he concluded that CIELO’s potential economic impact over the first three years of the program once fully operationalized includes:

- Creating 132 new businesses

- Creating 528 employees

- Generating $40,000,000 in new business revenue

- Generating $55,000,000 in total economic impact

 


Needs Statement

1. General Operating Support
2. Long-Term Sustainability - Balance Sheet
3. Community Leadership
4. Political will - locally and regionally
5. Cultural assimilation

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are a number of ways to support CIELO. - Donations including Bitcoin - General Operations- Micro-Lending and Financial Literacy- Programming   - Education and Training   - Technical Assistance   - Incubator- Employee Volunteerism   - Mentorship/Technical Assistance- In-Kind Services, Equipment and Space

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
South Orange County
CIELO primary service areas are Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Irvine where we currently hold office hours. We also serve many other locations in the greater Orange County community through relationships with partners where we provide onsite services. 

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Business and Industry

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Programs


Economic Achievement Program

CIELO empowers low-income Orange County residents to make their dreams of owning a small business come true. We take a classroom and case management approach to our services, offering personalized training and ongoing support to ensure that our clients are always at the center of our mission. CIELO’s innovative program design offers two distinct tracks, including:

Entrepreneur Development: CIELO takes entrepreneurs from developing their business ideas, gaining the entrepreneurial skills to succeed, and being equipped with tools and resources to building solid business foundations from which to grow. 

Workforce Development: For those in need of a career path and not yet ready to launch their own businesses, we offer employment training and support services to help low-income people find, maintain, and grow in good paying careers. Our workforce development services combine case management with job readiness support, skills training, and job placement. 

Budget  $399,620.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success 
In the next year, we aim to achieve the following goals:
  1. 150 Orange County residents will participate in the services offered by our Economic Achievement Program.
  2. 50 participants will complete our entrepreneur development program.
  3. 90% of participants will indicate an increase in knowledge of basic business principles, including business and vision planning, feasibility, market/customer acquisition and research, and accessing capital and business systems.
  4. 5 participants will successfully launch their own small businesses within a year of completing the training program.
  5. 20 participants will obtain micro-loans for their small businesses through our technical assistance.
  6. 75% of participants in workforce development training will increase their income as a result of participating in the program.
 
Program Long-Term Success 
In the long-term, our potential economic impact includes:

- Creating 132 new businesses

- Creating 528 employees

- Generating $40,000,000 in new business revenue

- Generating $55,000,000 in total economic impact

 
Program Success Monitored By 

To measure the success of our program, CIELO evaluates participants through standard pre- and post-program testing, determining increase in basic business knowledge learned in class. We also receive feedback from participants through one-on-one coaching, as well as from self-evaluations on what skills they’ve learned, whether they feel prepared to launch their small businesses, what additional resources or skills they’d like to gain, and what their future goals may be. Our staff follows up with participants periodically after completion of our program to determine progress on goals and to offer additional support and resources as needed.

Examples of Program Success 

Among those using CIELO to launch her business in earnest is Leticia Benitez, 37, a wife and mother of an elementary school-age child.

In addition to holding down a part-time job at Cheesecake Factory, Benitez manages a small side business making cakes covered in ribbons of frosting and a layer of fondant, a creative outlet outside of her normal work. She takes classes on entrepreneurship and wellness at CIELO, where she hopes to learn organizational skills, proper licensing protocol, and administrative duties.

“I felt insecure about not knowing administrative duties, how to manage my business,” Benitez said. “Now, I feel more at ease.”


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Hobson
CEO Term Start Sept 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience CIELO is fortunate to maintain the support of a talented and dedicated network of staff, Board of Directors, advisory board, and community volunteers. Our staff is led by Executive Director, John Hobson, who has been with CIELO since 2015. John  is responsible for the organization's strategic planning, operations, and fund development. As CEO since 2015, he has raised over $750,000 in private funds, in the process garnering the support of high-profile sponsors including Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, and The California Endowment. Equally involved on the ground, John leads grassroots collaborations between residents and partners.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

CIELO believes strongly in collaborations and has worked with WHW, YES, Jamboree Housing, Delhi Center, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, Latino Health Access, Hoag Center for Healthy Living and a number of additional partners.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 4
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 4

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Matt Davis
Board Chair Company Affiliation Southland EDC
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Kevin Barlow Palo Capital Voting
Ms. Ann Browning Attorney Voting
Ms. Leeann Cochran CommerceWest Bank Voting
Mr. Matt Davis Southland EDC Voting
Mr. Marc Gowland Deutsch Voting
Mr. Michael Kotick Independent Voting
Ms. Andrea LoFiego HireRight Voting
Ms. Emilie Menghin PIMCO Voting
Mr. John Welsch Thompson Family Foundation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Technology

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $485,000.00
Projected Expenses $475,000.00
Form 990s

2017 OVRP 990

2016 OVRP 990

2015 OVRP 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $338,943 $255,026 $187,641
Total Expenses $336,229 $346,510 $284,696

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$296,807 $218,398 $181,147
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $22,116 $31,047 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $189 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $17,295 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $2,536 $5,581 $6,494

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $225,450 $243,668 $202,132
Administration Expense $38,046 $30,142 $34,883
Fundraising Expense $72,733 $72,700 $47,682
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 0.74 0.66
Program Expense/Total Expenses 67% 70% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 29% 26%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $69,666 $71,726 $164,010
Current Assets $68,367 $70,427 $164,010
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $15,226 -- $800
Total Net Assets $54,440 $71,726 $163,210

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.49 inf 205.01

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

CIELO has been operating as a program under our fiscal sponsor OVRP since 2015. In 2018 we became a stand alone organization and will have our own financial documents going forward.

Foundation Comments

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Documents


Other Documents

CIELO Impact Report (2019)

CIELO Overview (2018)

No Other Documents currently available.