There are 95 vibrant and active Community Owned Enterprise Centres (CECs) across Ireland. Each one operates in an economy which is challenged in terms of Economic Activity and Employment. In addition to providing serviced workspace for clients, CECs perform a valuable business development and support function. This includes providing advice, mentoring and training to start-up and existing businesses. They act as a hub of entrepreneurial activity in their area, constantly encouraging enterprise development and engaging with the wider local economy to create jobs and economic activity with private sector businesses that are not tenants of the CEC. They also develop partnerships to ensure the provision of various infrastructural developments, training initiatives, mentoring and other activities to assist the Business Development function.
The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) is a network of these community enterprise centres. Formed in 2008, its primary role is to support and develop the interests of community enterprise centres on a national basis. Many centres were developed in areas of low employment and population, with the support of Enterprise Ireland, County Enterprise Boards, Local Development Groups and other local community organisations. NACEC is the national representative organisation for community enterprise centres in Ireland.
NACEC is managed by a voluntary National Executive Committee that has representatives from around the country. At a minimum, the membership of the National Executive consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and three other members. Other members are nominated by the membership as deemed appropriate. The Executive works as a collective body for decision-making purposes.