Certified Entrepreneurial Community Program

Find your community of opportunity

Western North Carolina is home to the first 10 Certified Entrepreneurial Communities® in the US. A CEC® has aligned its community from the ground up to help entrepreneurs start and succeed in business. Started by AdvantageWest in 2007 as a way to get local leaders engaged in creating communities of innovation and entrepreneurship across Western North Carolina, the CEC program is now attracting interest from around the country and internationally.

Learn more about each of the communities that have achieved the rigorous CEC certification at www.awcec.com.

Visit the award-winning Certified Entrepreneurial Community Program® website: