California Small Business Month | Listening Session Tomorrow

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

In this Must Know…

July 2020 Is California for All Small Business Month

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Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared July 2020 as “California for All Small Business Month,” as part of a wider effort to promote the state’s small businesses and help them operate safely during the pandemic.

At the same time, CAMEO is partnering with GO-Biz and the California Office of the Small Business Advocate for the Shop Safe Shop Local Campaign.

GO-Biz launched a website that connects California’s small business owners to critical tools and resources from industry-leading companies to help them adapt and create safer shopping experiences.

Please participate and help us spread the word. Use this digital media toolkit to promote the campaign on your website and social media platforms.


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Listening Session Tomorrow

Join us July 10, 2020 at 1:00pm PDT for a listening session on federal and state policy.

We need your feedback on several issues related to the sector including thoughts on AB 5 (independent contractors v. employees) and ACA 5 (repeal Prop 209). Also, find out what’s happening at the state level with the budget and protecting small businesses from predatory lending as well as what to look for on the federal policy side.


Advocacy Day Guest Speaker and Prep Session

Join us July 21, 2020 at 1:00pm PDT for Advocacy Day: Virtual Edition.

We are excited to welcome Isabel Guzman from the Office of the Small Business Advocate for GO-Biz along with other guest speakers to be announced soon.

We will hold an online preparation webinar to provide talking points and some tips on meeting with your legislators. Please save next Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 2:00pm for the prep.


The Goodies

Funding Opportunity

The 2020 BSEL Social Enterprise Grants Program awards $85,000 to nonprofit organizations that are operating social enterprises in Southern California. The deadline to apply is August 3, 2020.

New Research

NCRC published a white paper that proposes a new rating system to measure banks’ community development financing under CRA that could generate billions more for COVID-impacted neighborhoods.

Member in the News

The Ukiah Daily Journal published an article on EDFC and the work that they do to help small businesses stay afloat during the pandemic.

Other Goodies

Jobs: The Northern California Land Trust, Women’s Economic Ventures, and Renaissance announced new jobs recently. See who else is hiring!