Industry Goodies

A list of current opportunities for training, conferences, funding, scholarships, and other information that have crossed our desks.

A list of current opportunities for training, conferences, funding, scholarships, and other information that have crossed our desks.

New Listings

Industry News: Fundera released their Election 2020 Survey results which show that, though they are split on the candidates, small business owners agree on key issues.

Member Kudos: CalAsian Chamber earned a $1 million state grant to expand technical assistance for rising businesses.

Member Kudos: Congrats to CAMEO members who received CDFI Awards: Accion San Diego, CA Capital, Mission Community Loan Fund (MEDA), Opportunity Fund, PACE, Women’s Economic Ventures.

For Your Clients: SBA published “5 Ways to Kickstart Your Small Business This National Entrepreneurship Month.”

New Resource: The Federal Reserve’s current issue of Consumer & Community Context features three articles that focus on small businesses’ access to capital.

New Report: The Richmond Fed’s recent report, CDFIs by the Numbers, provides findings from the 2019 Federal Reserve CDFI Survey.

Industry News: Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation to create two new tax incentives designed to unlock the growth potential of women and minority-owned businesses.

Member News: IWEI CEO Claudia Viek (and former CAMEO CEO) co-wrote an op-ed in The Hill on capital access for women entrepreneurs.

Industry News: SBA is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards. Nomination deadline is January 7, 2020.


Take Action

Congress goes on recess next week. Take this opportunity to ask your representatives to sponsor a Small Business Saturday resolution.

The New Markets Tax Credit expires on December 31, 2019. Sign your organization onto the NMTC Coalition’s letter to congress asking them to preserve this community development tool.

Download October Federal Recess Package and contact legislators about PRIME and WBC funding.

The Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights outlines six key rights that all borrowers should have. If you’re a small business lender, credit marketplace, or broker, you can sign the bill of rights. If you are another interested party, you can become an endorser. CAMEO has signed on as an endorser.


Archived Listings

New Report: The SBA Office of Advocacy published the Small Business Economic Bulletin for October 2019.​

New Report: Public Private Strategies released their new report, Small Business, Big Impact: Philanthropy’s Untapped Opportunity to Advance Health and Equity.

Member Kudos: Congratulations to Working Solutions CEO Sara Razavi on being elected to the OFN board!

New Reports: The Milken Institute published Phase I and Phase II of their report, Partnership for Lending in Underserved Markets.​

Free Webinar: Prosperity Now has made available the slides and recording from their recent webinar, “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Entrepreneurs of Color.”​

New Report: CalNonprofits released a sneak peek of their new report, Causes Count: The Economic Impact of California’s Nonprofit Sector.

New Report: The Commonwealth Fund published a report that shows how small business owners across America are dealing with healthcare costs and solutions they are interested in.

CAMEO News: Our CEO, Carolina Martinez, is part of the 2020 CALED Conference Steering Committee.

Member Kudos: Bixel Exchange and UCI Beall Applied Innovation are two of the recipients of SBA’s 2019 Growth Accelerator Fund.

Member Kudos: The Association of Women’s Business Centers has honored Marsha Bailey, WEV’s Founder & CEO, by naming their national leadership Award after her.

New Resource: Download Agility Recovery’s disaster preparedness guide.

New Resource: New Census Data – Income Inequality Widens Among Californians.

For Your Clients: Small Business California’s annual survey is now open for response from small business owners and executives throughout the state.

Member Kudos: To celebrate our 25th, CAMEO received a $250,000 PRIME grant. Congrats also go to WEV and Working Solutions.

Member Kudos: Three CAMEO members received TA awards from the CDFI Fund: EDFC, Economic Justice Fund, and Feed the Hunger. 

New Resource: SBA Office of Advocacy published Small Business Profiles for Congressional Districts, which provides user-friendly snapshots of small business statistics.

New Resource: The National CDFI Directory is now available on the Richmond Fed’s website.

Professional Opportunity: CalNonprofits offers its members free or discounted sexual harassment training.

Professional Opportunity: The Local Foods, Local Places program provides communities with planning assistance to promote local food and neighborhood revitalization. 

Member Kudos: California Capital is featured on Wells Fargo’s national website with a great story about one of their clients and the work that they do with and for small businesses.

Professional Opportunity: CAED’s Memorial Scholarship Fund helps people receive economic development training or certifications. Scholarships are available until funding is depleted.​​

Industry News: Riverside is the first county in the U.S. to issue permits for micro enterprise home kitchens.

Member Kudos: Centro Community Partners was named one of the recipients of the Techstars Foundation 2019 Grant to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs.​​​​​​

Infographic: “The Racial Wealth Gap” by ABPN.

For Your Clients: Firestarter is Fundera’s free toolkit for entrepreneurs launching their business.

Policy News: Senators Cantwell and Rubio introduced the Women and Minority Equity Investment Act of 2019, which could spur more women- and minority-owned equity firms.

Member News: FIELD at the Aspen Institute is changing its name to the Business Ownership Initiative.

Member News: Opportunity Finance Network published a feature on California FarmLink as part of Wells Fargo’s Diverse Community Capital program.

For Your Clients: The U.S. Census Bureau published a video for small business owners to learn how to access statistics about their market, customers, and similar businesses.

For Your Clients: The C.O.O.K. Alliance released a recording of their webinar for Home Kitchens, as well as a helpful infographic.

Member Kudos: The San Francisco Business Times has recognized PCV’s Mary Jo Cook as one of their  2019 “Most Influential Women in Business.”

Member Kudos: The Aspen Institute profiled Opportunity Fund’s founder Eric Weaver as one of their 2018-2019 “Job Quality Fellows.”

For Your Clients: SB 1343 requires organizations with 5 or more paid staff to train employees on sexual harassment issues. The required training has to be completed by the end of this year. 

Member News: NextCity has a new feature on place-based investing, highlighting the work Pacific Community Ventures has been doing thanks to an investment from the Federal Home Loans Bank.

Member Kudos: Congrats to Main Street Launch for securing a $2 million investment from Wells Fargo to support African American entrepreneurs.

Funding Opportunity: USDA’s B&I Loan Guarantee program is a fantastic stand-alone tool for lenders working to support rural businesses.

Member Kudos: Opportunity Fund released their five-year strategic plan in which they aim to invest $1.2 billion through partnerships with Lending Front and Funding Circle.

Member Kudos: Pacific Community Ventures, CDC Small Business Finance, and Opportunity Finance Network are partnering with CNote on its Wisdom Fund for women-owned businesses.

Communications Resource: Hubspot curated a list of email marketing statistics for 2019.

For Your Clients: A new CA law requires employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment training to all employees by January 1, 2020.

For Your Clients: BBVA Momentum is a training program for social entrepreneurs.

For Your Clients: SBA announced the launch of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Initiative for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets.

New Report: Babson College’s U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Monitor features a National Entrepreneurial Assessment. Read the 2019 report.

New Report: Prosperity Now released their 2019 Scorecard. This year’s Scorecard includes an expanded focus on racial economic inequality, while also highlighting the themes of financial assets and income; businesses and jobs; homeownership and housing; health care; and education.

New Report: The 2019 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity outlines the California Economic Summit’s plans to advance progress in the state.

Free Webinars: The IRS has released a series of webinars to explain the new tax reform provisions that affect small businesses.

Uplifting Watch: I Love Local Business and WEV released an inspiring video featuring small business owners in California’s 805, who were affected by recent disasters.

In the News: The San Francisco Chronicle wrote a piece on how microlending organizations are reaching underserved entrepreneurs such as women and minorities.

New Resource: CalNonprofits has partnered with human resources expert ThinkHR to provide free tools and trainings to their members

New Resource: Cutting Edge Capital just announced the launch of a new impact investing platform, SVX.US.

New Resource: Prosperity Now has a comprehensive new resource, the “Financial Coaching Program Design Guide: A Participant-Centered Approach.” 

New Resource: CalNonprofits published an open letter to crowdfunding companies, calling for responsible practices in the industry.

For Your Clients: The “Outsmart Disaster Challenge” offers a checklist for businesses to follow to become resilient in the face of a disaster.

New Resource: The Center for Responsible Lending released a documentary on South Dakota’s fight to end triple-digit payday interest rates.

New Resource: Check out FIELD’s new website filled with reports and data and microbusiness news.

Industry News: LendingFront explains “How Small Business Lenders Can Get the Most From Fintech Innovations in UI and UX.”

For Your Clients: Low voter participation is a serious problem, yet businesses have the tools to fix it. ASBC is launching its “Business for Democracy Campaign,” which encourages businesses to offer their employees time off to vote.

Disaster Prep Resources: Download Operation Hope’s Personal Disaster Preparedness Guide and FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).

Advocacy Tool: Prosperity Now has an Advocacy Center where you can find information on your legislators and how they voted on issues that affect small business and the asset building community. 1. Visit their Advocacy Center. 2. Click the “My Legislators” button. (If you are new to the Advocacy Center, enter your contact information on the next page.) 3. Select the legislator from the drop-down menu (state and federal legislators are listed) and explore.

For Your Clients: Download a CalSavers brochure that explains California’s new retirement savings program for private sector workers.

For Your Clients: Samaschool’s 1-hour Gig Economy Essentials training is newly available on the web to anyone! It covers critical topics like freelancing vs. employment, where to find freelance work, and how to attract clients.

New Resource: Credit Builders Alliance has developed a new toolkit that provides a primer on the importance of credit building to establish businesses as financial assets for returning citizens, followed by a comprehensive and dynamic set of tools and resources to help practitioners work one-on-one with their clients to build credit in pursuit of their entrepreneurial goals. Download the executive summary – Achieving Credit Strength: A Toolkit for Supporting Returning Citizen Entrepreneurs.

Partner Resource: The California Reinvestment Coalition has released a guide for banks on how to better serve immigrant communities.