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“Dream Big” This National Small Business Week, May 4-8

This post courtesy of: Maria Contreras-Sweet Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration With apologies to baseball and your mother’s apple pie, nothing is more American than National Small Business Week. Our country was founded by risk-taking pioneers in search of new horizons. More than two centuries later, what sets America apart in the world is the

MicroLending Academy Newsletter – Building Capacity

 Hi {FIRST_NAME|Friend},   The MLA newsletter is chock-a-block with articles, resources, technology, success stories, interviews, and big picture ideas on all Lending Academy features. This edition focuses on capacity building and lists several opportunitties for training, whether they be peer calls, webinars or tools you can use.     In this Issue… Take Action: Increase

WIPP’s Two Cents on SBA Contracting Rules

From our colleagues at Women Impacting Public Policy: WIPP recently submitted comments to the Small Business Administration (SBA) on significant changes proposed for subcontracting. This blog accompanies those comments to help explain WIPP’s thinking. The policymaking process is divided between the glitzy world of passing legislation and the often behind-the-scenes work of writing regulations. An

Testimony in Support of AB 184

Good morning, Chairman Garcia and members of the JEDE Committee. My name is Heidi Pickman from CAMEO – California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity. CAMEO is the statewide network of 85 organizations that provide business assistance and loans to 20,000 very small and start-up businesses in diverse communities. Our members include about 1/3 of the

Javad Yaghoubi, City Shade

When a sunglasses cart in the mall went up for sale, Javad jumped at the opportunity. He purchased the business in November of 2014, but needed more capital for inventory. Opening Doors helped Javad create a strong business plan and cash flow projections, and in December approved him for an $8,000 loan.

Tara Cooper, ‘Ohana Organics

Tara Cooper had the know-how to make fantastic organic butters and salves, but needed help with the business end of things. North Coast SBDC gave her the tools and assistance she needed, and introduced her to a group of local organizations who helped her grow her award-winning company.