CAMEO Academy

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

The CAMEO Academy develops 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.

Capacity Building Webinars

CAMEO provides training that promotes scale and sustainability of MDOs and to ensure the quality of services to micro-business clients. Training is based on industry best practices.

For upcoming trainings visit our calendar or visit our archive of past trainings.

Learning Management System*

CAMEO launched our LMS in the summer of 2020.  Responding to the market needs, CAMEO developed an online learning center where our online capacity building programs will live.

Other Trainings & Workshops

Bring Your Business TA Online*Working With WIBs
With the current state of affairs, social distancing, and events being cancelled, those of us in economic development are left wondering how to best support business owners. One of the most obvious answers is to move technical assistance online. This 5-session Online Course will help you put your action plan in place. Design and develop an online program and learn the skills to deliver it in 2020. The program gives TA providers the skills, confidence, and practice to deliver engaging classes, group coaching sessions, and webinars online.CAMEO developed a training module – “Understanding Entrepreneurship“- that provides a substantive orientation to entrepreneurship training and business assistance services for economic development and workforce professionals who are interested in local business development or are responsible for assessments and referrals of persons likely to succeed in self-employment. Staff training is key to integration of self-employment opportunities into the workforce system. In 2020, we became an approved consultant with the California Workforce Association and are on their CTI list.
Individualized Training ProgramsOrganizational Technical Assistance
CAMEO launched its Individualized Learning Program for Trainings and Professional Development in 2009. CAMEO has raised funds that will be used to partially defray trainings, workshops and events that help develop leadership and improve operations of our member organizations.CAMEO works with members and other stakeholders on a short-term basis to address a specific issue or help launch a larger effort. For example, in Spring 2020 CAMEO has provided ongoing consulting to San Francisco’s District 10 Implementation Committee to facilitate a launch of a new $400,00 loan fund for district businesses, prioritizing loans, technical assistance and marketing to black-owned businesses. 

Past Programs

Gig Economy*Women Veterans Entrepreneurship Network (WOVEN)Centro Business Plan App
CAMEO facilitated an in-person training delivered by Samaschool on how to succeed as a freelancer.Meetups, online office hours, instant income and professional networking opportunities.A smartphone-based tool for creating business plans, with training and support for programs looking to integrate it into their classes.
CAMEO Goes to MarketThumbtack Connects to Markets
State-of-the-sector specialty foods training in rural areas.Helping gig economy workers connect to markets.

*These programs are made possible thanks to an SBA PRIME Grant.