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25 Reasons to Value CAMEO

This year is our 25th anniversary! It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the work that has been done by our staff, members, and partners. As we reflect on our 25 years of work in the sector, every week we’ll be highlighting one of the 25 reasons (or more!) to value CAMEO. As part of our network

2019 National Small Business Week Events

The beginning of May rings in one of our favorite weeks of the year: National Small Business Week. From May 5 to 11, 2019, the Small Business Administration will be holding a series of activities to celebrate small business owners and raise awareness of the hard work that they do – work that powers our

10th MicroLenders Forum – Success!

On April 23, 2019, more than 60 microlenders and other lending stakeholders gathered for one of our favorite events – the MicroLenders Forum – at the Google Foundation. We kicked off the day with a listening session. Steve de Jesus from the FDIC promoted an organizing roundtable (in English) on May 22 in San Jose

Meredith Pizzi, Roman Music Therapy Services

Meredith Pizzi started playing trumpet in the fifth grade and joined her school’s jazz band. It was after a performance of “Gonna Fly Now” from the motion picture Rocky that Meredith recognized the profound connection she felt to others through the power of music. “We still talk about that concert. Feeling that level of connection and understanding and life-giving force that is music, that’s what it was for me. It opened my eyes to what happens when people come together and make music.”

Federal Reserve Releases 2018 Small Business Credit Survey

The Small Business Credit Survey is an annual study of small businesses across the United States undertaken by the 12 Reserve Banks of the Federal Reserve System. Every year, the survey offers insights into the financial health of small businesses as evidenced by their revenues, profits, payroll, and credit needs both in terms of their

Advocacy Day Prep & Policy Updates

With so much going on in Washington and Sacramento, we have gathered our policy friends to keep you informed of all the excitement. This webinar will prep you for our Advocacy Day later in the spring when we will advocate in Sacramento for small and micro-business issues. Get training on how best to conduct your meeting, what to say and be briefed on the issues.

Federal Policy Update – Two Small Biz Bills Introduced In Senate

April has been a busy month for small business legislation at the federal level, with the introduction of two bills aimed at expanding access to capital and business training for underserved entrepreneurs. Microloan Program Enhancement Act On April 2, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced the introduction of the Microloan Program Enhancement Act of 2019 (S.996).