AB 2314 Moves

Download a Letter of Support for AB 2314 DATEThe Honorable Cottie Petrie-NorrisCalifornia State Assembly, AD 74P.O. Box 942849Sacramento, CA 94249-0074 Re: AB 2314 (Petrie-Norris) Small Business Borrower Bill of Rights – SUPPORTDear Assemblymember Petrie-Norris: On behalf of [Organization], I write in strong support of AB 2314, which would require anycommercial financing products that leverage state funding—such

Workforce Mental Health Playbook; AB 2314 Passes Assembly

We want to honor the victims and survivors of the violence of Buffalo and Uvalde, the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and the other tragedies happening around the globe. The world seems heavy right now. I recently visited the MLK Memorial in DC and found some solace in the Doctor’s quote: “Darkness cannot drive out

Trust & Access to Capital

Survey collected from our colleagues at Reimagine Main Street. The last two years have taken a tremendous toll on small businesses and challenges persist for many entrepreneurs. Small businesses that do not have a financial cushion or a source of external financingremain at risk. Against this backdrop, Reimagine Main Street sought to better understand capital

Workforce Mental Health Playbook

From our colleagues at Health Action Alliance During Mental Health Awareness Month, the Health Action Alliance, in partnership with the Ad Council, One Mind and Mental Health Action Day, launched a brand new Workplace Mental Health Playbook –– a comprehensive guide to help organizations meet today’s unique workplace mental health challenges. Here are five ways this new resource

California FY22-23 Budget; Marketing Your Organization to Reach Underserved!

In This Must Know… California FY22-23 May Revised Budget Join us for “Marketing Your Organization to Reach Underserved” on May 24-25, 2022 From CBA: Read: It’s Personal: How Consumer Credit Paves the Way for Business Success Breaking News: AB 2314, our responsible small business lending bill just was voted off the suspense file, which means it moves forward!

California FY22-23 May Revised Budget

California expects a record budget surplus of nearly $100 Billion. GRANTS New programs $500 million one-time General Fund in 2022-23 for the California Small Business Hard-Hit Industries Grant Program administered by the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), within GO-Biz, to provide additional relief to those small businesses most affected by the pandemic. This

There’s a lot of Industry News! CalSavers Deadline Approaching

In This Must Know… There’s a lot of Industry News! The Calsavers Program deadline is June 30, 2022 Our Central Coast Regional Meeting was a success! Happy AAPI Heritage Month – check out our success story. Join us for “Marketing Your Organization to Reach Underserved” on May 24-25, 2022 MiLEs next week is SOLD OUT. Email Liza to get on the waiting list! This week’s Goodie

Central Coast Regional Meeting

CAMEO was thrilled to co-host our first in-person regional meeting since February 2020 at Brews-N-Krew in Salinas with our Central Coast members last Friday. A big thank you to Assemblymember Robert Rivas for attending and listening to the stories of small business owners and concerns of our members. Carmen Herrera-Mansir, a CAMEO board member and

Socorro Manzano, Tacos Manzano

Ms. Socorro Manzano is the owner of Tacos Manzano, a cozy and proud establishment that started just when the pandemic crisis erupted in 2020. But Ms. Manzano rose to the challenge.

Advocacy Day 2022 Recap

Unmasking Economic Justice for a Small Business Recovery Thanks to the approximately 100 people who attended last week’s Advocacy Day! The feedback we received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, so thank you. Our new advocates found out that it wasn’t that scary. We started the morning talking about the SSBCI program with Ron Kelly. The