Advocacy Day 2020 Recap | MiLEs Virtual 2020 Is Sold Out

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Advocacy Day 2020 Recap

Thanks to more than 60 registrants who made our first virtual Advocacy Day a success. A special thanks goes to the amazing women who are leading California on issues of small business and to all of those participants who spoke with their representatives. And of course, we couldn’t have pulled it off without the generous sponsorship of Claudia Viek, our former CEO and tireless advocate for women entrepreneurs.

Board chair Jesse Torres and CEO Carolina Martinez moderated our first hour where we heard from Isabel Guzman from GO-Biz, Asm. Monique Limón, and Asm. Shirley Weber.

Our members then met with about two dozen legislators on topics of responsible small business lending and the state response to COVID-19.

After the meetings we recapped, networked, and had fun making cocktails with Elizabeth McSwain of Beola’s, an Inland Empire WBC client.
Read the full recap (with videos of what you missed) on our MicroBiz Blog.


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MiLEs Virtual 2020 Sold Out

Tickets for MicroLending Essentials: Virtual 2020 from August 11 to September 15 are now sold out.

We are very grateful for the level of enthusiasm for this course and hope you’ll find it as useful as participants from previous years.

If you weren’t able to book a spot, please register for the waitlist. We are gauging interest for a potential cohort in October.


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Everyone’s Two Cents for Small Business Relief

More Congressional leaders unveiled several pieces of coronavirus relief legislation that include funding for small and micro businesses. Read our summary on our latest MicroBiz Blog, “Small Business Recovery Legislation – What’s Happening at the Federal Level?

Whatever ends up in the next recovery bill, we are working to make sure it helps underserved communities and not the big corporations.


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  • Take Action: The Federal Reserve COVID-19 CDFI Survey is live.
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