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A Week Until Our Annual Member Meeting

  • CAMEO Annual Member Meeting – learn more
  • The Goodies: This week’s highlight is that California Capital opens a new Women’s Business Center on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Sacramento.
  • Watch our video CAMEO Connects to illustrate the power of locally-grown small-businesses.

CAMEO Annual Member Meeting

The office is abuzz with preparations for CAMEO’s Annual Member Meeting next week, June 5-6, in Sacramento. Sign up for what’s going to be the best meeting yet!

We’re bringing in cutting edge research to show that self-employment is the labor market trend and discuss what it means for how you serve your clients. This research and economic reality is crucial proof that our field is where your funders should be investing their money.

After an inspiring and simulating afternoon, we head off to celebrate the field and the work that we do at our Third Annual Faces of Entrepreneurship Awards and member dinner. This is a staff favorite because we have so much fun with everyone together in one room. It’s what sets our event apart from other conferences.

Don’t forget to make your appointments with your legislators on June 6 after 10:30am. This session we’ve got several key bills to support and every vote will count, so we need your help. And never fear, before we head off to the Capitol, we will train you on what to say and how to best advocate.

And for our rural-serving members, don’t forget the Annual Rural Summit from 9:00am – 1:00pm on June 5th. We have two amazing innovators to share their strategies and kick off some serious discussion on innovative new frameworks for rural development with Nathan Johnston, Builder/Maker/Doer and CEO of Pusher (Dunsmir) and Gina Lujan, Director of Hacker Lab (Tuolome County).

Learn more about the agenda – including the rural summit, hotel, parking and other logistics.

FYI, the Must Know will not go out next week due to the meeting.

The Goodies

New opportunities for trainings, conference information, funding, scholarships, and other information that have crossed our desks since the last Must Know: I have posted a running tab of current Goodies on the CAMEO website that lists items that were in past emails. Check it out to make sure you’re not missing anything, like grants whose deadlines are still alive!

Member Kudos: Congratulations to California Capital who opens a new Women’s Business Center on Thursday, May 30, 2013. The ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 4:15 and will be facilitated by Congresswoman Doris Matsui. If you’re in Sacramento, stop by 2000 O Street, Suite 250. RSVP to Stephanie Cardenas.

Member Kudos: Congratulations to Viola Gonzales, the CEO of AnewAmerica Community Corp, who was appointed to the Union Bank community advisory board.

Public Banking Conference 2013: Funding the New Economy will take place in San Rafael, California on June 2-4. They will explore one of the core foundations of successful economies around the world: a distributed network of public banks that operate in the public interest of each respective community. It starts off with a Conversation among Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone magazine), Birgitta Jonsdottir (Member of Icelandic Parliament), Ellen Brown (author of Web of Debt), and Gar Alperovitz.

Free Webinar: (for your clients) – Working Smart: How to Understand Your Profit and Loss Statements to Increase the Bottom Line. Numbers tell stories when you know how to read them. In order to be sustainable and thrive, smart entrepreneurs turn to their financial statements to make empowered decisions. Questions to be answered:

  • How does understanding my financial statement help me?
  • What are some of the ABC’s so I can talk to my accountant and banker more easily?
  • What are some new ways for me to improve my profits that I can recognize through Profit and Loss (P&L) analysis?
  • How does P&L assessment help me grow?

Join Susan Brown and JEDI on June 10, 2013 from 6:00-7:15pm. Learn more and register. This webinar is presented by JEDI in collaboration with Arcata EDC, CAMEO, North Coast SBDC and West Company.

Refugee Microenterprise Development Grant: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced the availability of funds for the Refugee Microenterprise Development Project. ORR has supported microenterprise development projects since 1991 through the award of discretionary grants to a variety of public agencies, community economic development agencies, local mutual assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. Non-profits qualify. Applications are due June 10, 2013.

2013 Small Business Finance Forum: OFN hosts a CDFI conference focused on the small business sector on June 11-12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Remember CAMEO can offset some of the costs for this and other conferences. Contact Shufina English for more information.