- Save the Date for CAMEO’s Annual Member Meeting and Advocacy Day – June 7
- Faces of Entrepreneurship Award Nominations are Open
- Central Valley Goes to Market
- And…Action! (new section)
- The Goodies – This week’s highlight is a webinar to discuss “Expanding Employer-Based Small Dollar Loan Programs and the CDFI Industry: Learnings from the Knowledge Network” is on April 11, 2017 at 11:00am-12:30pm PDT.
Faces of Entrepreneurship Award Nominations are OpenNominate your successful clients for the Seventh Annual CAMEO Faces of Entrepreneurship Award. Last year’s winners were:
- Vicente Quintana, El Nopalito Produce (nominated by El Pajaro),
- Bethany Smith, B Team Solutions (nominated by Coachella WBC), and
- Rebecca Weston, Sacred Mountain Spa (nominated by JEDI).
Central Valley Goes to MarketCentral Valley Goes To Market will take place on April 22nd at Reedley High School. Register or spread the word with your colleagues and clients in the Central Valley about Central Valley Goes To Market! (Photo: Shufina English, CAMEO’s program director, and Eduardo Gonzalez director of CSU Fresno’s SBDC in front of the school.) CAMEO, along with Fresno SBDC, have teamed up with the National Specialty Foods Association, with support from a grant from Fresno CDFI through USDA Rural Development. We will offer up a full day of learning about the specialty food industry: business and marketing opportunities, how to stay viable and competitive, and how to access appropriate financing. We are excited to bring this top-notch training to the Central Valley. Through this training, we and our members aim to reach home-based cottage kitchens, stimulating new jobs through specialty food entrepreneurship.
And…Action!The new section of the Must Know — And…Action! — is in response to the current political reality that demands that we participate more fully in the state and the federal legislative processes. We urge you to assign a staff person to be responsible for taking action. April Break for Congress = District Visits For the next two weeks, Congress is on spring break (April 7-24). If you haven’t already, make an appointment to meet with your federal legislators to talk about the the need to adequately fund the programs that support our sector. This is the first step in a long FY 2018 budget process. We want to warn you that we will sound like a broken record and that you will feel like you’re repeating yourself over and over again. But… that’s what we’re going to do to make sure that our sector has the resources we need. Find your representative by typing your zip code in the box in the top right-hand corner. Request a meeting during the April recess. Also, request a district meeting with Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris. Once you’ve put in the request, follow up in a few days. Here are some resources for you to download:
- The “Recess Packet” that includes some tips and talking points that support microbusiness.
- A bipartisan letter sent by Representatives Steve Knight and Stephanie Murphy that support the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development and Capital Access Programs. You should print this out and leave it behind when you visit.
- CAMEO’s FY18 rural appropriations request to leave behind if you are promoting rural programs.
- CAMEO’s FY18 appropriations request for SBA and CDFI programs to leave behind if you are promoting these programs.
- CFED’s “Tips for a Successful Meeting with Your Legislator.”
- 58% of respondents said they have discussed how their constituents may be affected by new federal laws and policies;
- 42% said they are increasing their public policy advocacy work;
- 2/3 of respondents report increased levels of staff anxiety since the election; and
- 300 write-in comments about the impact on immigrants nonprofits serve.