SBA Disaster Loans Are Now Available to California Small Businesses

From our friends at SBA: Small nonfarm businesses in 22 California counties and neighboring counties in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by

CAMEO in Action – March 2019 Edition

These last two weeks, CAMEO staff has been out and about.  This week Carolina is in Washington, DC, meeting with agency staff and legislators and attending her first AEO board meeting.  At the SBA, she talked to the staff who are working on re-authorization of the SBDC and WBC and at the USDA, she met

Matt Maxwell, BoltAbout

The idea to start BoltAbout came to Matt Maxwell in November 2015, when he was frustrated by public transportation options. He found the perfect alternative in the form of electric bikes. In April 2016, he decided to turn this passion into a business by launching a pilot program to lease a small fleet of e-bikes on a monthly basis. The feedback he received from his customers, largely Cal Poly SLO students, was extremely positive. Through simple word of mouth, his waiting list to lease an e-bike grew to several hundred names. In June of that year, BoltAbout joined the Summer Accelerator Program at the Cal Poly CIE SLO HotHouse, at which point they became SBDC Clients.

Online Learning Is Here to Stay

Going online with training and consulting is not as difficult as you might think. Joy Taylor of JEDI will demystify the world of remote learning. Topics covered include: delivery method pros and cons, technology platforms, how to create engagementonline, the flipped classroom, and repurposing content. Develop a step by step approach to bring your organization’s expertise online. Ample time for questions and answers will allow you to explore if or how online learning is right for your organization.

Women’s Small Business Organizations

Women business owners, though they’ve always played an important part in our country’s economy, have been historically underserved and face continuing barriers to success. In response to this, many small business assistance organizations have created programs to serve the needs of this specific group of business owners. Below is a (non-comprehensive) list of organizations and

Senate Forms Entrepreneurship Caucus

On Wednesday, fourteen Senators launched a bipartisan Entrepreneurship Caucus, led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The Caucus hopes to encourage startup growth, and will serve as a clearinghouse for policy ideas from groups supporting entrepreneurs. “New businesses are the engines that drive economic growth, but fewer and fewer startups are

Research on Women Entrepreneurs

Four out of every 10 businesses (40%) in the United States are now women-owned. These businesses employ 8% of the total private sector workforce and contribute 4.3% of total revenues. Now more than ever, women entrepreneurs are a huge driver of the country’s economy. Yet, they continue to face unique obstacles that prevent them from