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Technology Training for Small Biz

CARAT has funding from the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) to provide technology training to small businesses in California. This is stimulus project funding through the US Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA). CARAT is collaborating with partners in 6 regions in California to administer the targeted technology training program. The training

SC WIB Beats ROI Gold Standard

The gold standard for venture capitalist is a 10 times return on investment. What this means is for every dollar invested you get $10 back.  The Santa Cruz California Workforce Investment Board (WIB) beat that goal with a $50,000 investment in ‘Layoff Aversion.’ Working together, Davis Lundberg and the staff at the Santa Cruz County

Central Coast Meeting Notes

*Suggestion to increase partnerships with WIBs and CAMEO members: have MDO sit on WIB board and vice versa *Potential measure: entry into incubation program as outcome of training *WIBS create percentages of training in certain categories/occupations – have entrepreneurship be one of the categories – and present to local WIB board *Need good models to

Chai Lee, Chai’s Cleaning Service

Escaping the harsh realities of life in a refugee camp was a victory for Chai and his family, but he had to re-build his life. Chai liked the idea of owning a business. He had no credit history and very little collateral, but wanted to buy a janitorial franchise. Because of an $8,000 loan and training from Fresno CDFI, Chai Lee was able to realize his dream of running his own business.