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SBA PRIME Grants Announced | Webinar: How CDFIs Are Faring

In this Must Know… SBA Prime Grants Announced Earlier this week, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the awardees of the 2023 Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME) grant awards. CAMEO is excited to announce that we are one of the recipients, along with CAMEO members California FarmLink and the International Rescue Committee. Together, these three organizations

Reem Assil, Reem’s California

In 2010, the dream of Reem’s was born at the doorstep of a street corner bakery in Beirut, Lebanon. Founder Reem Assil says, “The scent of za’atar, yeasted bread, and sweet orange blossom syrup right out of the oven and the sounds of laughter and chatter in Arabic all around me conjured up memories of my childhood and my yearning to create home and community in the US.”

CalSavers Update – August 2023

Twenty percent of California workers need access to a retirement plan. Workers without a retirement plan will cost California $63 billion between 2021 -2040 if nothing is done to offer retirement options.

Summer School Recap | 2022 CAMEO Impact Census

In this Must Know… Summer School Recap Yesterday, we held the second session of our Climate + Small Biz Summer School, which focused on technical assistance for green businesses. It was a packed session! First, we had Mitchell Smith from CDFA who told us about the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and how your orgs can participate.

Ahriana Edwards, Vaila Shoes

When Ahriana Edwards landed her first corporate internship, she was thrilled—until it came time to shop for shoes.

For Ahriana, the limited shoe options available to women with larger feet had been a source of frustration and insecurity since middle school.

SSBCI Funding Awards Announced | CA Orgs Awarded CRP Funding

In this Must Know… SSBCI Funding Awards Announced Last week, the Treasury Department announced the first awardees of two SSBCI-funded programs: the Minority Business Development Agency’s Capital Readiness Program (more on that below) and the Technical Assistance Grant Program, which totals $57 million so far for 12 states. CalOSBA is approved for up to $25.3

Summer School Part I Recap | MEHKO Bill Is Now Law

In this Must Know… Summer School Part I Recap Yesterday we held the first session of our four-part series for the Climate + Small Biz Summer School. Joining us was Neda Arabshahi, VP of the Inclusiv Center for Resiliency and Clean Energy. She led a conversation on how climate change disrupts life and its economic impact on