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CAAO (pronounced K-O) is an umbrella consulting organization for the black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. CAAO serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its member organizations and their members.

In addition, CAAO has developed a variety of benefits and services including a joint calendar, job referrals, business leads, and three empowerment circles: entrepreneurial, non-profit and leadership.

CAAO’s member organizations communicate with over 30,000 black professionals on a regular basis. Thus, CAAO serves as a dynamic link to the “New Economy” for black professionals of Northeast Ohio.





CAAO's BESTT Round Table: Open House - Friday, March 10, 2017 - 6pm - 8pm  - Location: CAAO Office Panel Discussion - Grant Writing 101 What You To Know Before You Submit a Grant Proposal - Free event

 CAAO Executive Matchmaker Reception:  April/May Time: 6pm - 9pm Location: TBD

CAAO's BESTT Round Table: Friday, June 9th, 2017 - 6pm - 8pm - Speed Networking/Mastermind Session This event is free for CAAO's BESTT  donors and $25.00 per person for general admission.

CAAO Leadership Retreat: Saturday, August 5th - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Location:  TBD Topics to discuss will include:  Board Training for African-Americans and Hispanics/Latino, Does Cleveland need a professional development summit for males, and Collaboration 101 - What is Collaboration.  Cost:  Free for CAAO's BESTT and $25.00 per person for general admission. 

CAAO Youth Innovation Forum Orientation:  Saturday, August 12 and Saturday August 18th (if necessary) 10 am - 12:30 PM - CAAO Office

CAAO's BESTT Roundtable: Friday, October 13th - 12 noon - 2:00 pm Location:  CAAO Office - Topic: TBD - This event is free for CAAO's BESTT and $25 for general admission






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Graduates of the CAAO Youth Innovation Forum participate in this pilot program that will teach the product development cycle by taking product concepts to market.


Youth Innovation

YIF promotes innovation and excellence in a unique education environment for students between the ages of 10 - 19.




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Donors and supporters select or draw for quality one on one time with 20+ executives , celebrities, and community leaders for unique business relationship building opportunities.




Round Tables

This will be quarterly meetings that bring together all CAAO BESTT Donors for combination of brainstorming, education, coaching, and support in a group setting to sharpen their business and personal skills.




CAAO’s BESTT (Base, Enhanced, Sustaining, Trust Builders, Trust Builders Plus) is a unique annual individual donors program.



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