Proposed Infrastructure Plan Will Help California’s Small Businesses Thrive

Statement by Carolina Martinez, CEO of  CAMEO, California’s statewide micro-business network and leading voice for businesses with one to four employees, on President Biden’s new infrastructure plan – the American Jobs Plan San Francisco, March 31, 2021—President Biden’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan is a promising step toward creating a strong economy where California’s small businesses

Women-Owned Businesses Grew from 2017 to 2018

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the number of women-owned employer firms increased from 2017 to 2018 by 0.6%. In 2018, there were 1.1 million businesses owned by women, 6,861 more than in 2017. While that percentage is still low compared to the number of men-owned businesses, it’s important to note

Entrepreneurship Advantage March Virtual Meetup: Supporting LA’s Arts & Cultural Businesses

Entrepreneurship Advantage is a Los Angeles-based collaborative that is passionate about helping entrepreneurs thrive. Artists and culture-based businesses have been hurt hard by the pandemic, so we’re focusing on those businesses for this meetup – how can we best serve them. First, we learn about AmbitioUS, an initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). AmbitioUS encourages

CA Relief Grant Round 5 | New CA Small Biz Advocate

In this Must Know…  California Relief Grant – Round 5 New California Small Business Advocate Have You Eaten Yet? Support AAPI Businesses Tomorrow! This week’s Goodie highlight is NCRC’s latest report which shows local bank branches remain critical for small business lending. California Relief Grant – Round 5 Round 5 of the California Small Business COVID-19

CA Relief Grant Round 5: Train-the-Trainer #2

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will open its Round 5 on March 25, 2021. In this session, we walk you through the application, including document upload, so you can prepare your clients. Presentation slides

Shannon Saathoff, Once in a Licetime

Entrepreneur Shannon Saathoff launched Once in a Licetime in 2014 to answer the needs of parents searching for support and treatment to eradicate lice. She now has seven locations across Southern California. The Orange County Small Business Development Center (OC SBDC) presented the official grand opening for Once in a Licetime’s location in San Juan Capistrano on June 8th, 2018.

Federal Small Biz News | CA Relief Grant Train-the-Trainer Tomorrow

In this Must Know… Federal Small Business News Join us for a Train-the-Trainer webinar on the California Relief Grant Program TOMORROW at 2:00pm PT. State Bill Watchlist This week’s Goodie highlight is SBA’s federal disaster loans, which are available for California small businesses until November 5, 2021. Federal Small Business News Congratulations to Isabel Guzman, who was confirmed this week as

Stimulus Listening Session Recap

We had a really insightful listening session on Tuesday with Matt Gomez, Banking Counsel for Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez, House Committee on Small Business.  He was very generous with his time and knowledge. Here’s recap of what he talked about: Paycheck Protection Program The bill expands eligibility to nonprofits with up to 500 employees (from

State Bill Watchlist

There are several bills affecting small businesses currently making the rounds through the state legislature. We are keeping a close eye on all of these and we’ll keep you updated on any significant progress and calls to action.  Bills that CAMEO supports AB 511 (Muratsuchi) – Securities Transactions: Qualification Requirements, Exemptions, and Liability (Crowdfunding) AB

SBA/CAMEO Bay Area Member Meeting

The San Francisco SBA District Office has missed connecting with you during these challenging times. The SBA joins forces with CAMEO for a virtual gathering for our partners, members, and supporters, dedicated to growing and developing our entrepreneurial ecosystem. These meetings bring YOU – our regional non-profit small business champions and CAMEO members – together to