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Entrepreneurship Advantage June Virtual Meetup: Modernizing TA for Minority-Owned Small Businesses

The Milken Institute is researching how to modernize evaluation strategies and improve the responsiveness of small business technical assistance (TA) programs through the application of behavioral science. Applying behavioral science means that you’ll understand: Elements that go into the small business owners’ decision making process, such as what stresses them out, their views on money, their

Commercial Rent Relief | CAMEO is Hiring!

In this Must Know…  Commercial Rent Relief CAMEO is Hiring! Fridays Off in July This week’s Goodie highlight is USDA’s Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program. Commercial Rent Relief Commercial rent remains a problem – for both businesses and the small landlords who are at risk of losing their buildings because they can’t pay their mortgages when tenants

Soichi and Raechel Kadoya, Soichi Sushi

Chef Soichi Kadoya was a highly respected fixture in San Diego’s sushi scene. After 25 years of training in Japanese cuisine, he and his wife Raechel were ready to branch out and start their own restaurant.

CDFI Fund Awards | State Budget | Loan Loss Reserve Fund

Greetings!Bear with us as we have LOTS of small biz news this week! In this Must Know…  CDFI Fund Awards State Budget Loan Loss Reserve Fund Celebrating Juneteenth Fill out the form to express interest in applying to be a “spoke” in our Community Navigator application. Join Heidi and Small Business Majority TOMORROW at 12:00pm PT for a briefing

Celebrating Juneteenth and Black Excellence

On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Galveston, Texas. This marked the moment when all of the South’s slaves were finally informed of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Declaration, and their freedom was enforced by the Union Army.  These days, June 19 – Juneteenth – is celebrated across the country

Advocacy Day Success! | Community Navigator Pilot Program

In this Must Know…  Advocacy Day Success! Learn more on how to participate in our Community Navigator application on June 15, 2021 at 3:00pm PT. Join us on June 21, 2021 at 3:00pm PT for a Q&A on California’s plan to reopen the economy. This week’s Goodie highlight is Vax for the Win – the Governor’s new initiative to encourage vaccination among Californians.

Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers

Inspired by her grandfather’s love of gardening, Ariana Marbley decided to open her florist shop, Esscents of Flowers, in Oakland, California in 2016. As an East Oakland native, she is proud to own a business in a community that is rich in culture and political awareness.

Advocacy Day Success!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who attended Advocacy Day 2021! Nearly 100 attendees made it our best Advocacy Day yet – and the mood was celebratory. The hard work and dedication of our sector to lift up the smallest and most vulnerable small businesses and entrepreneurs during one of the

Passage of SB 625 in California State Senate is Welcome News in Push for an Equitable Small Business Recovery

CAMEO CEO Carolina Martinez released the following statement today praising the California Senate’s passage of SB 625, which would establish the California Investment and Innovation Fund to provide grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) San Francisco, June 3, 2021—The passage of SB 625 in the California Senate is a significant step in increasing equity

State Bills Passed! | Advocacy Day Next Week

In this Must Know…  State Bills Passed! Join CAMEO’s Advocacy Day 2021 NEXT WEEK on June 8, 2021. Join us on June 21, 2021 at 3:00pm for a Q&A on California Opening for Business. Happy Pride Month! Support LGBTQ+ businesses in your neighborhood and online – such as this great sex education podcast created by a client of CAMEO member Start Small