Emerging Entrepreneurs Inc

Strategy. Education. Impact!

Durham, NC   |  www.emerginginc.org

Mission

As a non-profit provider of economic development services, our organization aims to enact socio-economic strategies designed to advance the economic development interests of disadvantaged communities; specifically our veteran, youth, and minority populations. We believe that education and entrepreneurship are the keys to uplifting socially & economically-disadvantaged communities… We believe that everyone (particularly our veterans) should be equipped with the resources to explore the full range of their interests and professional ambitions… And we believe that through programs like our eLaunch™ Online Training Academy and our Urban Leadership Lab™ for untapped youth, we can empower the under-served to build and create "emerging" economies of innovation, wealth, & social impact!

Ruling year info

2012

Founder

Dr. T.J. Breeden

Main address

PO Box 13022

Durham, NC 27709 USA

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EIN

27-3539188

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Business and Industry (S40)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of our organization is to serve the grassroots, economic development needs of our nation's most vulnerable; developing programs that assist in improving the systemic conditions of under-served communities that have been disproportionately impacted due to a lack of social access and economic opportunity. This is achieved through: Empowering at-risk communities through social, economic, entrepreneurial, and professional development platforms; Economic development programs designed to strengthen our social capacity by creating pathways for non-profits, corporations, & private institutions to align around a common, social mission; Outreach and community organizing initiatives intended to broaden coalitions of support to advance awareness, outreach, & meaningful grassroots collaboration; and Research-based seminars and leadership gatherings designed to improve best-practices.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

eLaunch™ Career Development Program

Sponsored in part by Wells Fargo, "eLaunch” is a customized curriculum of online career training courses powered by EdX: one of the world’s leading providers of online education resources. Founded by Harvard University and MIT, EdX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions. To expand the range of our veteran and youth startup programs, we’ve aligned with EdX and Wells Fargo to offer a full range of Verified Certificate Course and Micro-Masters opportunities to participants of our "Service to Success” Veterans Career Reintegration Program and our Urban Leadership Lab, in an effort to equip our vets and college-age youth with the tools necessary to further their entrepreneurial, career, and leadership capabilities. Our startup cohorts; led by Sr. Administrators from the MIT, Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Babson College (recognized by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 ranked Undergraduate Entrepreneurial university in the US); will introduce participants to the fundamentals of starting a business. We also offer courses in over 40 other career disciplines; from Leadership, Finance, and Network Security, to Healthcare Analytics, Marketing, and Business Modeling.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Veterans

Powered by a Community Development Grant from Wells Fargo, “Service to Success” is an ambitious economic initiative; providing our service-members and their families with direct access to a variety of career-focused resource programs. Our simple goal is to align the talented individuals of our nation’s military with valuable Employment, Transitional, Educational, Entrepreneurial, and even Social resources from across the region; bringing together a range of non-profit service providers for the benefit of those who have sacrificed so much in defense of our country. Service to Success aims to provide our veterans, reservists, transitioning service-members, and military spouses with workforce preparedness training and job placement resources. The program is designed to equip our nation’s heroes with access to resume writing assistance, skills evaluations, interview prep, and other career development resources as they seek to transition back into the job market.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

The Urban Leadership Lab™ provides our youth with access to the kinds of resources that will advance their capacity to do (and become) their best! Our program brings together non-profits, community & faith leaders, industry executives, university personnel, and volunteers to introduce creative ways of engaging our community’s under-served youth. Just as our non-profit organization uses Entrepreneurship as a pathway for community development, our lab aim to surround young people with startup tools, leadership training, and community service opportunities; all in an effort to help our teens unlock the full range of their potential! We’ve not only joined the White House’s "Computer Science for All” campaign as one of its 2016 service organizations, but have also joined forces with The Emily K. Center, First LEGO League, The LEGO Foundation, and others to offer a productive & safe environment for kids to explore their creativity. Programs include: STEM programs, ranging from a LEGO robotics teams to an online Coding Academy; An online & classroom-style entrepreneurship curriculum that introduces young people to the core functions of launching a business or social enterprise; Group achievement, mentorship, and community service programs; and Monthly learning labs, designed to help our young people fully envision themselves in positions of leadership.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

As a registered federal contractor, our organization is committed to not only meeting the servicing needs of our contractors but creating inroads for others to benefit from our broader community involvement. This includes extending resource training in the contracting places of performance, engaging key community stakeholders to improve best-practices, and utilizing the proceeds from our contracting portfolio to advance our non-profit efforts. Primary federal contracting services Include (but are not limited to): Economic Development, Capacity Building, and Grassroots Outreach Services, Administration of Urban Planning and Community/Rural Development, Educational Support Services, Professional Management Development Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Readiness Services, Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development Training, and
Corporate Social Responsibility Consulting Services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Developed in 2013 as a way of broadening our organization’s partnership opportunities, The Champions Leadership Conference (or ChampsCon™) aims to bring together the nation’s top service leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates, influencers, researchers, and resources within the public & private sectors to develop and strategically enact initiatives designed to combat the disparities that exists within our communities. In 2012, eMerging Entrepreneurs’ Founder T.J. Breeden received the White House’s “Champions of Change” award for his leadership in helping veterans transition through entrepreneurship, which prompted his desire to collaborate with other service-providers as a way of growing the organization’s capacity to make an impact! The goal of these types of gatherings is to advance intellectual discussions that will spearhead collaboration, influence, and research. Our first multi-day convening for example (held on January 31st, 2014 in Washington, DC) focused specifically on exploring the connections between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and veteran’s socio-economic issues; through which we hope to make meaningful strides in identifying solutions and resources that will aid in lowering suicides, unemployment, and homelessness. Like our military gatherings, all other conferences and speaker series extends access to the combined wealth of knowledge of leaders of innovation, business, entrepreneurship, social development, health & wellness, technology, education, community development, and intellectual affluence, to create opportunities for us to come together in support of communities in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

White House "Champions of Change" award for Veterans Economic Advancement, in conjunction with President Obama's "Winning the Future" Initiative. 2012

The White House: Office of Public Engagement

"Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year" award 2013

US Small Business Administration

“Cathy Hughes Business Community Service” Award 2014

Radio One

“Dr. John Hope Franklin Humanitarian of the Year” Award 2014

Radio One

Tarheel of the Week 2015

The News and Observer

The "Hugo Germino Youth Ambassadors Award” 2015

Durham Sports Club

Participatory Budgeting Grant, $100,000 Award 2019

The City of Durham

Affiliations & memberships

Computer Science for All (CSforAll) 2016

White House Champions of Change 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Adolescents

Related Program

The Urban Leadership Lab™

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Startup, Tech, & Leadership programs introduce youth to the core elements of building a successful business, while also empowering them with the tools to explore their interests in STEM fields.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Homeless people

Related Program

Service To Success™ Veterans Career Reintegration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courses designed to equip our nation’s heroes with access to resume writing assistance, skills evaluations, interview prep, and other career development resources.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, Economically disadvantaged people, Homeless people

Related Program

Service To Success™ Veterans Career Reintegration Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Events ranged from workforce reintegration training to vocational rehabilitation services, to participation in on-base & conference-style career transition training for retiring military personnel.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Related Program

The Urban Leadership Lab™

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Coding Academy equips youth with computer programming and general coding skills. Alternatively, our LEGO Robotics program introduces kids to the excitement of the LEGO® Mindstorm education series

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

eLaunch™ Career Development Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our customized curriculum of online training courses giving access to a full range of Professional Certificate courses and Micro-Masters programs; ranging from entrepreneurship, to public policy.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

The ChampsCon Research Series™

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our ChampsCon Leadership and Think-tank series is designed to bring together thought leaders, subject matter experts, policy advocates, and executives to explore best practices.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our long-term vision is to develop, implement, and advance servicing projects that provide access to economic opportunity (small business ventures, employment, and education) within communities that have been disproportionately impacted from a socio-economical perspective. These target communities include (but are not limited to) our nation's active duty service-members & veterans, military spouses, urban youth, and under-served minority communities.

eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. is a North Carolina-based 501c(3) non-profit organization that enacts socio-economic strategies designed to advance the small business, educational, and economic development interests of disadvantaged communities; specifically our nation's military families, urban youth, and minority populations. The organization adopts a grassroots approach to assisting individuals of under-served communities and serves as an access point for the acceleration of entrepreneurial, workforce, and career prosperity; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce, and military installations to extend resource solutions to at-risk and economically impaired communities. With programs ranging from our "Service to Success™" veteran's reintegration program, our Urban Leadership Lab™ for at-risk youth, the ChampsCon™ research series, and our new eLaunch™ online training academy, we've reached over 2,500 military families and 500 urban youth.

Among other endorsements, a result of our efforts eMerging Entrepreneurs and its Executive Director, T.J. Breeden has received a number of awards and acknowledgements, including the White House's “Champions of Change" award (in conjunction with President Obama's “Winning the Future" initiative), as well as the US Small Business Administration's “Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year. Furthermore, Mr. Breeden was invited to contribute to the US Dept. of State's “Global Innovation Summit," as part of its Mentoring Partnership for Innovation & Entrepreneurship amongst citizens of African nations, was presented with RADIO ONE's “Cathy Hughes Business Community Service Award," as well as the “Dr. John Hope Franklin Humanitarian of the Year" Award, and is an active contributor to the CS For All Consortium; a public/private partnership first established by the Obama Administration which aims to advance STEM learning opportunities for under-served communities across the US.

In 2012, our organization's servicing model was endorsed by the White House's Office of Public Engagement for its “2.0 approach" to assisting with the transitional career needs of veterans, particularly the younger generation of retirees who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan commitments. Our program heavily utilizes web-based tools, class-style tutorials, pre-existing federal resources (“My Next Move," the Veterans Employment & Training Services division within the Department of Labor (VETS), etc.) and partnerships with both local and federal agencies to leverage every available resource for the benefit of our region's economically under-served military communities. To date, we've serviced over 800 individual small business clients, 60% of which were veteran owned. Moreover, our servicing program (including all workshops, web-based training modules, client sessions, conferences, and trade-show participation) has directly engaged nearly 5,500 transitioning veterans, reservists, or military spouses through our transitional career services program. Our organization is also committed to providing young people with access to entpreneurial and career-based programming; extending startup, tech, and leadership training to youth ages 5-18 via an assortment of online & classroom-based mentorship, educational, and STEM platforms. Named the "Urban Leadership Lab," our youth academy has enrolled over 1,800 young people.

Our multi-dimensional strategy (and the range through which we've worked to align with other charitable organizations and veterans resource groups) positions us to make a drastic impact through these initiatives. First, because all of the for-mentioned programs and services are in place through our collaborations with SCORE, the SBA, etc.. Secondly, research has demonstrated that providing a myriad of services to meet the social, economic, health, and job readiness needs of veterans and military spouses provides a clearer pathway to a more successful transition.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We don’t share the feedback we collect,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Emerging Entrepreneurs Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

T.J. Breeden

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data