County Economic Development Association (CEDA) is a non-profit trade association that is dedicated to assisting business owners throughout the country. The CEA, with their mission to help individuals and small businesses succeed in all their endeavors, have been around since the early 1980’s. Membership for the CEA is open to everyone and members include local companies, small businesses, state agencies, government organizations, universities, colleges and others. CEA has two primary goals; to assist companies to achieve the maximum amount of profit, and to provide support and information for companies that are just starting out. They also work closely with government agencies to promote economic development in the county. They have over 30 local chapters, which are made up of different industries including: real estate, technology, finance, insurance, health care, retail, and many other businesses.
CEA is also very active in local community events, fundraisers, and programs to benefit small business. In many counties they participate in a variety of community events such as fairs, seminars, and workshops. They also host meetings to discuss issues facing the community, and help people to develop strategies to solve these issues. They also sponsor a variety of programs and events for students to increase their skills and knowledge about the local economy and how their own businesses can help to bring it to greater heights.
If you are looking for a group to work with on your local economic development, or just want to do business with them, look no further than CEA. They have a very large variety of resources to help you along the way. Membership includes a free grant that allows you to obtain financial assistance for specific needs. They offer the chance to gain access to a credit card that allows for business expense reimbursements, with no monthly fees. They also provide business mentors to teach and mentor new businesses. You can also join online forums and chat rooms for free and can even buy memberships online for a low cost.