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California Rebuilding Fund: Deeper Conversation

The California Rebuilding Fund has been built in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit leaders across the state to ensure that California’s smallest businesses are able to access the resources and capital they need to get through these challenging economic times and thrive during recovery. The program is possible thanks to a commitment from California’s

New Responsible Lending Policy Wins

On November 18, 2021 Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, the Chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the bicameral Small Business Lending Disclosure Act. This bill aims to protect small business borrowers from predatory lenders and loans carrying unfair terms and conditions and would ensure safeguards already required in consumer

Small Biz Saturday; CAMEO Member Annual Meeting

This is the time of year that many of us express our gratitude for the things that matter most to us. At CAMEO, that means our small businesses and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem that helps them thrive. You are the reason we get out of bed in the morning – and for that we THANK YOU!

PCV’s Oakland Restorative Loan Fund

There is a new resource for Oakland small business owners: $2.5 million in no fee, zero-interest loans are now available through PCV’s Oakland Restorative Loan Fund. Loans are available from $10,000 – $100,000. During this initial launch of the program, we are intending the first $2.5M to reach BIPOC + AAPI-owned businesses based in the

Language and Cultural Accessibility RFP; Welcome New CAMEO Staff Member

In this Must Know… Apply for our Language and Cultural Accessibility RFP Welcome to our new CAMEO Staff Member, Addison! Join our California Rebuilding Fund Train-the-Trainer on November 19, 2021 Small Business Saturday is on November 27, 2021 Our CAMEO Annual Member Meeting is on December 2, 2021 This week’s Goodie highlight is to encourage your clients to take the Federal Reserve’s Small Business Credit Survey before it

Infrastructure Bill Passes; California Rebuilding Fund Train the Trainer

What’s in the the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal for California Join our California Rebuilding Fund Train-the-Trainer on November 19, 2021 Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day CAMEO in the News: Carolina has been all over California’s airwaves talking about the California Rebuilding Fund (KNX – Socal; KFBK – Chico/Stockton) Small Business Saturday is on November 27, 2021 Our CAMEO Annual Member Meeting is on December

State Support for Small Business: Tax Credits, Venue Grants, and More

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has released two very important sets of rules regarding business incentives available through the state. First, the California Venues Grant Program is open for applications through November 19, 2021, and applicants can apply at  Second, guidelines for the allocation of $150 million in Cal Competes Grants

Charina Vergara, Titas of Manila

Charina Vergara began her culinary career as a food vendor at local night markets where she offered original Filipino cuisine. In 2019, she was offered a business opportunity to take over an existing Filipino restaurant. Ms. Vergara & her business partner jumped on the chance and became the new owners of Titas of Manila in West Covina, CA.

Entrepreneurship Advantage October Virtual Meetup: Combating Commercial Displacement

About Entrepreneurship Advantage is a Los Angeles-based collaboration that is passionate about helping entrepreneurs thrive. In this month’s meet up, we explored a local issue that could be affecting your clients, gentrification. What is Gentrification? How Does it Affect Small Businesses? Watch the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN) video to learn more about gentrification, what