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CAMEO to Manage Network Partners for California SSBCI TA Program | MEHKO Advocacy Cohort

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CAMEO Is the Network Manager for California SSBCI TA Program

We’re excited to announce that the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) named CAMEO as the Capital Readiness Network Manager for the Technical Assistance for Capital Readiness Program. In this role, CAMEO will manage a network of resource partners in an effort to ensure underserved small business owners are equipped to access lending opportunities from state-backed programs, traditional banks, and mission-based CDFIs.

These investments will begin reaching Main Street borrowers this year as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to support small businesses, spur job creation, and continue to create an inclusive and prosperous California economy for all. 

MEHKO Updates

Last week’s HomeCOOKed Conference, hosted by COOK Alliance, was a great success with over 200 registrants! We had a designated breakout session that focused on what the MEHKO project is and how to join the MEHKO Advocacy Cohort.

If you missed the conference, you can watch the recording of the breakout session here and view the slide deck here.

And don’t forget to submit your proposal for the MEHKO Advocacy Cohort by April 15, 2024!

Federal Budget FY2024

On Saturday, the U.S. Senate passed the second six-bill spending package which completes funding for the federal government for FY2024. This package contains the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) bill, which funds all SBA and Treasury programs.

Below are the final funding levels for several small business programs:

  • SBA PRIME: $7 million ($1 million less than 2023)
  • Small Business Development Centers: $140 million (same as 2023)
  • Women’s Business Centers: $27 million (same as 2023)

The Goodies

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Professional Opportunities

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Other Goodies

  • Funding Opportunity: Applications are open for the SBA’s PRIME Grant until April 12, 2024.
  • Jobs: Inclusive Action for the City, Alameda County Office of Education, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, the California Budget & Policy Center, and La Cocina announced new jobs recently. See who else is hiring!