CAMEO in St. Louis

May 17, 2013: CAMEO promotes self-employment integration into the Workforce System and women’s entrepreneurship

Tina Ferguson-Riffe, Smoke Berkeley

Tina opened Smoke Berkeley’s doors in October 2011 with the goal of cooking the kind of food she grew up eating, made with fresh, local ingredients. She’s also committed to hiring staff from employment training programs, like The Bread Project. But despite garnering rave reviews, the restaurant needed additional financing to become more profitable. Opportunity Fund gave Smoke Berkeley a $20,000 loan.