- Annual Member Meeting Recap
- Micro Census is Open
- And…Action! – Taking the week off
- The Goodies – This week’s highlight is a Connie Evans’ op-ed in Forbes: “Eliminating The CDFI Fund Would Harm Black Entrepreneurship”
Annual Member Meeting RecapThis year’s Annual Member Meeting had it all – wine, song, tears, joy, challenges, and of course, advocacy. We started the morning off with a lovely tribute to Claudia from Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, the chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy committee (see photo). The member even made a resolution to honor Claudia’s commitment to small and microbusinesses. During introductions, people spontaneously gave a little personal testimony to her mentorship and leadership. And several of us brave souls sang a song to Claudia to the tune of “Word Up” by the 90’s band CAMEO. I still have the words stuck in my head.
Thank You everybody say We thank you for your leadership every day Mic Ro – it’s Claudia’s word No matter when she says it you know that she’ll be heardIt was a great way to start the day. Next week, I’ll write more about our great panel on the changing face of business assistance and post their slides. Thanks to the following for lending their new ideas and inspiration.
- Bo Ghiradeli, Youth Business USA
- Lindsey Crumbaugh, Samaschool
- Daniel Fernandez, Opportunity Fund
- Rani Kroeger, Uptima Business Bootcamp
- Josh Fegles, Palo Alto Software, maker of LivePlan
Micro Census is OpenThe microTracker Census is open! CAMEO partners with FIELD at the Aspen Institute to conduct a census of California’s microbusiness programs using the microTracker platform. The current national political climate means that it has never been more important to stand up and be counted. CAMEO members that fill out the Census by July 14, 2017 will receive $100 toward lunch for their staff. Email Andrew when you’ve completed your survey for your ‘free lunch’ as well as help on filling out the Census. You rely on CAMEO to advocate on behalf of the sector. We rely on you for your data. This data fuels our advocacy and supports our members at the state and national level. The better data we have, the stronger our case is, and the easier it is to express the vital role MDOs play in the small business sector.In addition, the Census helps your organization to:
- Organize your data to present to your Board, funders, and supporters. MicroTracker uses standardized data definitions to answer the most common questions people have about your microbusiness program.
- Raise your profile and manage valuable performance metrics from number of microloans disbursed to cost per client. Use this to sharpen and strengthen your program.
- Enjoy a free lunch on CAMEO!