Nikki Dailey, HEAT Culinary

This story comes to us from Women’s Economic Ventures. HEAT Culinary was one of WEV’s first applicants under the Microloan Management System (MMS), and has gone on to great success since receiving a loan from the organization. “MMS has been tremendously helpful for us,” said Devon Johnson, WEV’s Director of Lending. “We’ve been able to

Taking Microlending to a New Level

by Susan Brown How did Opportunity Fund get to 2,000 deals per year? Opportunity Fund’s Director of Microlending, Devin McAlpine, walked us through the evolution of their program design in an August webinar. Download the slidedeck and listen to the webinar (67 minutes). Up until 2011, Opportunity Fund’s program looked similar to most of the

MMS: Lessons Learned

by Susan Brown In August CAMEO pulled together the growing MMS tribe in August for discussion, learning and trading ideas. First we asked everyone what they like best about MMS and got some great answers. Clearly, MMS is working to increase volume and efficiency. “We’re more efficient and have been able to double our volume

Women’s Business Center Reauthorization Takes First Step

Thanks to Jack Clabaugh of Madison Services Group for this update. The Senate Small Business Committee unanimously approved the Women’s Small Business Ownership Act of 2015, which reauthorizes the Women’s Business Center (WBC) program. CAMEO applauds the efforts of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) for their leadership

What’s Cooking In A DIY Economy?

Join us for a webinar that explores why you need an entrepreneurship strategy, and the tools that ensure success. We’ll focus on new business incubator models: kitchen incubators, maker spaces, co-working spots and cooperative incubators.

‘Sharing Economy’ Hearing in the House

The hearing — “The Disrupter Series: How the Sharing Economy Creates Jobs, Benefits Consumers, and Raises Policy Questions” — was held on Tuesday, September 29 at the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX). “The sharing economy is an example of American innovation at its finest. With over