The Center for Economic Empowerment & Development (CEED), formerly known as the Women’s Center of Fayetteville, was founded May 20th, 1990 as the result of the vision and determination of a small group of Fayetteville women who recognized the demand for a facility where the information on community services could be collected and distributed to our community. This group of women realized these services should complement each other, not compete with each other and that a network of these helping agencies was vital to our community.
From the initial start in 1990, we have grown as a non-profit organization with three programs; the CEED Business Center, the New Choices Program, and the Training Station. All the programs within CEED serve as a regional resource and advocacy center for women and families, enabling restoration of personal dignity through economic empowerment and development. We are dedicated to helping women and families help themselves and find their own strength to sucCEED!
Our mission has always been to promote the growth, productiveness and well-being through counseling, education, information, and advocacy programs. CEED works with other community agencies to achieve this goal, and has a solid history of helping women and families through our specialized programs. CEED delivers a $10 million per year impact to the Sandhills Region of North Carolina through programs and services such as the following:
- Self Sufficiency & Housing
- Business Center: SBA Women’s Business Center Program, Credit Counseling, Financial Literacy Training, and one-on-one Consulting.
- Small Business Loans: SBA ILP & CEED Microloans
- Training Station: Coming soon; shared commercial kitchen space, pop-up restaurant, food truck commissary space and retail spots!
We strive to be mission driven and client focused each and every day.
CEED’s New Choices Program est. 1990
Education, Job Skills, and Self Sufficiency
- Career Counseling
- Interview Skills
- Resume Workshops
- Credit Counseling
- Budgeting Workshops
- Mortgage Readiness
Register for New Choices to learn more about eligibility of housing programs and/or sign up for FREE community classes HERE
CEED’s Business Center est. 1999
SBA , CEED Capital Loan Program to include SBA ILP , and The Training Station
- One-on-One Counseling
- Business Plans
- Business Expansion
- Credit Counseling
- Job Creation
- Specialized Workshops
- Credit and Loan Counseling
ARE YOU A START UP? Register for Business Center Orientation to become a client HERE
ARE YOU AN EXISTING BUSINESS: Request business consulting HERE
DO YOU NEED A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN: Inquire HERE
Your contributions to CEED are Welcome.
You can help us continue to provide quality services to families in the Sandhills by making a contribution to The Center for Economic Empowerment and Development. These services are available to everyone who seeks our assistance. Because we are pledged to this policy, we welcome the financial support of individuals and organizations and depend on contributions to sustain the programs.
North Carolina Solicitation License Number: SL000630
Federal Tax Exempt Status: 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization