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

New White House Proposals to Support Black Entrepreneurship

Yesterday, the White House released a fact-sheet on New Actions to Build Black Wealth and Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap, which includes changes to small business ownership, in communities of color and disadvantaged communities.  Specifically, the Administration has set the following goals: Use the government’s purchasing power to drive an additional $100 billion to small disadvantaged business owners.  Increase the

Advocacy Day Prep Session

With the huge, historic budget surplus and other money coming into the state for small businesses, we’ll be pushing for money for CDFIs, street vendors, commercial rent relief, and thanking our legislators for historic investments in small business. See below for talking points, tips on meeting with legislators, and background. Webinar materials Presentation slides 2021