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President Obama on Small Biz Sat

A letter from President Obama… November 23, 2011 From the mom-and-pop storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech start-ups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our Nation’s promise. These businesses create two out of every three new jobs in America,

Jessica McGuinty, Jessicurl

Jessica McGuinty was able to grow Jessicurl, her Humboldt-based hair product business, thanks to extensive coaching from the North Coast SBDC and a loan from the Arcata Economic Development Corporation.


November 10, 2011: Women Entrepreneurs – A Women of Color Symposium and support your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2011

¡Viva! 2011 Celebrated Women Entrepreneurs

This week, about 50 women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages gathered at the Los Angeles Fed for a heavy dose of inspiration and insightful advice. As Forescee Hogan-Rowles, (bio) the C.E.O. of Community Financial Resource Center, summed it up: Be informed; Be relentless; Have a Plan (yes with a capital ‘P’); Write your

New Bill Helps Self-Employed Become Own Boss

CAMEO has been pushing for self-employment to be recognized as a viable option for the unemployed. The message has been heard. President Obama included it in his American Jobs Act. Today Senator Wyden (D-OR) and some of his colleagues introduced a bill that logistically smooths the way. Next week a version is expected in the

Capacity Building Grants for Consulting

From Friedman Associates… Capacity Building Grants for Microenterprise Development Organizations Funded by the U.S. SBA PRIME Program Capacity building is often defined as “actions that improve nonprofit effectiveness.” Thanks to the SBA PRIME Program, nonprofits that help low-income individuals start and expand small businesses can apply for assistance to increase capacity and impact. Note: these

Small Business Statistics

Small Business is the Heartbeat of the US Economy Source: U.S. Small Businesses Administration Small firms: • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. • Employ just over half of all private sector employees. • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. • Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past