Coaching Academy

The Coaching Academy’s programs aim to expand business assistance training and ensure our members can meet their clients’ needs.

CAMEO launched the Coaching Academy to develop new approaches to expanding business assistance training in the face of a rapidly changing landscape. The goal is to ensure that our member organizations operate with sophistication, professionalism, and efficiency while fulfilling their mission and meeting the needs of their clients. Features are similar to those of the Micro Lending Academy.

New Training Programs

Micro-Lending Essentials (MiLEs): Two-day training teaches the three main underwriting analyses, how to write a credit memo to support an underwriting recommendation, and provides actual microloan applications to practice on. MiLEs helps SBDCs, WBCs and other businesses assistance staff think like lenders so that their referrals are more successful.

Understanding Online Lending: CAMEO offers a webinar series to help business assistance providers understand the online lending landscape, the available products and how they affect their client’s bottom line.

Digital Tools Training: CAMEO will develop a training to 1) increase awareness of digital opportunities to assist small business owners to benefit from digital engagement and 2) provide digital skills training curriculum that is relevant, short and flexible.

Cybersecurity: CAMEO and our partner organizations host webinars that give member MDOs a cybersecurity plan for their own organization and a workshop training curriculum to integrate into their training.

Gig Economy: CAMEO will facilitate an in-person training delivered by Samaschool to our member MDOs. Samaschool has developed an 8-12 hour curriculum on how to succeed as a freelancer.

Existing programs include:

Women Veterans Entrepreneurship Network (WOVEN): Meetups, online office hours, instant income and professional networking opportunities.

Centro Business Plan App: A smartphone-based tool for creating business plans, with training and support for programs looking to integrate it into their classes.

CAMEO Goes to Market: State-of-the-sector specialty foods training in rural areas.

Thumbtack Connects to Markets: Helping gig economy workers connect to markets.

Regional Meetings: Convening and capacity building for CAMEO members.

Capacity Building Webinars: Monthly webinar series.