State of Microlending in California

Wells Fargo, CAMEO and a number of member CDFIs gathered in Sacramento on June 18th for a dynamic conversation about the state of small business lending. Hosted by Wells Fargo’s Community Development Manager Tim Rios, and co-hosted by CAMEO, the goal was to identify challenges and solutions to expanding CDFI lending activity. CAMEO and the

Growing and Evolving with MMS

Thanks to Susan Brown for this article. Working Solutions (WS), based in San Francisco and serving the nine Bay Area counties, joined CAMEO’s Microlending Management System (MMS) last year and put their first deal through the system about eight months ago. Since then, their loan volume has grown significantly. In the year prior to using

20th Anniversary Recap

Thanks for Joining CAMEO at our Annual Member Meeting and 20th Anniversary Celebration. Over 100 people helped us celebrate two decades of micro and building wealth in our communities!  We had a great day of learning, inspiration and fun.  During the morning, we heard about community level factors that are correlated with microbusiness and what

WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting – 2014

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Announces Annual Leadership Meeting for Women Business Owners Women business owners from across the country will be gathering in Washington, D.C. to grow their businesses, enhance their leadership skills and advocate on key issues impacting the women entrepreneurship community. Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) will be hosting their Annual Leadership

Start Microlending the Smart Way

Have you been thinking about adding microlending to your TA-lead microenterprise organization’s programs? Learn how CAMEO’s Microlending Management System (MMS) project can make a microloan program launch more efficient, lower cost and more successful.

Entrepreneurial Equality

New Tools for a More Inclusive SBA On June 10, 2014, the SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet outlined her priorities and goals for the SBA during a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. And for the past few days, more details about specific programs have been issued by the SBA. She outlined three

Alfredo Garcia, Watsonville Diesel

Alfredo Garcia had twenty years of experience in diesel trucking, but needed some business development training to grow Watsonville Diesel. Thanks to the firm foundation of strategy and financial management training that CAMEO member El Pajaro CDC provided, he was able to open a second location and make progress toward becoming an international dealer.