CAMEO Awarded $2M Grant to Launch Country’s First CDFI Shared Services Center

CAMEO has been awarded $2 million from Citi Foundation’s Community Finance Innovation Fund. With the new funding, CAMEO will launch the country’s first Shared Services Center for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will help the mission-driven lenders strengthen their organizations to serve growing small business demand for their services.  “CDFIs proved their worth as economic first

Unmasking Economic Justice for Small Business Recovery

Last week CAMEO hosted our annual Microlenders Forum 2022 in person! More than 70 small business lenders came together to explore our theme for this year, “Unmasking Economic Justice for Small Business Recovery”from different angles, including innovations in equitable lending, fostering support for accessing capital, and more. After that warm welcome Carolina moderated a discussion

Latino Entrepreneurship

Last month, the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) hosted their annual convention in Oakland. For three days, small business owners, service providers, and  advocates – including many CAMEO members – engaged, networked and learned how they can fit into the small business ecosystem to help small business owners succeed. I was fortunate to attend,

Commitment to Launch National CDFI Academy

CAMEO has committed at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 2022 Meeting today to launch a National Community Development Financial Institution Academy (CDFI) Academy that will provide professional training and resources to thousands of CDFI staff members. CDFIs earned their place on the national stage when they ensured that entrepreneurs of color had access to government

MicroLenders Forum Next Week; SB 972 Passes!

In This Must Know… Our MicroLenders Forum is next week – on September 15 in San Francisco! Also more to come on our CAMEO Calendar! Senate Bill 972 goes to the Governor. Submit a letter of support. CAMEO In The News: Carolina talked about SB 972 passing! This week’s Goodie highlight is congrats to the winners of the 2022 AHEAD Program Grants Upcoming CAMEO Events Check out our thought provoking

Centering Women Business Owners in Recovery; SBA Microloan Program Basics 101

In This Must Know… Join us for Centering Women Business Owners in Recovery on September 29, 2022, at 11:00am PT Join us for SBA Microloan Program Basics 101 on September 28th, 2022 CAMEO is proud to announce that Emily Gasner will be presenting a session at the 2022 National NALCAB Conference! Agenda for our MicroLenders Forum on September 15 is up – register! Join us for Getting Comfortable In the Weeds: How to Serve California Agriculture, Businesses, September 27-November 15