Educational Institutions

Emerging Entrepreneurs Inc

Strategy. Education. Impact!

Durham, NC

Mission

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! 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.

Ruling Year

2012

Principal Officer

T.J. Breeden

Main Address

PO Box 13022

Durham, NC 27709 USA

Keywords

Entrepreneurship, Veterans, STEM, Education, Jobs Training, Economic Development, Youth

EIN

27-3539188

 Number

3857500209

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

eLaunch™ Career Development Program

Service To Success™ Veterans Career Reintegration Program

The Urban Leadership Lab™

Federal Contracting and Strategic Management Services

The ChampsCon Research Series™

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of students registered for online courses

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

At-risk youth,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

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

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Adolescents (13-19 years),

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities,

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

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.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Twice per calendar year, our organization conducts a progress assessment to determine both the long and short-term impact of our community engagement efforts. This metric determines impact through the number individuals we've served, and the progress made in each specific client case; both as it relates to our veterans workforce readiness program and our teen leadership academy. We consider both economic and educational indicators, as well as social improvements which are determined as part of a collaborative effort with local health, wellness, and social service partners who extend alternative programming (peer-to-peer mentorship, housing assistance, substance abuse counseling, family counseling, food assistance, college planning, etc.).

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

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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 share feedback with: we don’t share the feedback we collect.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

External Reviews

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender Identity
Male

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data