- Fresno Goes to Market
- And…Action! (new recurring section)
- The Goodies – This week’s highlight is a CalNonprofit webinar for “What to Know Before You Raise the Dough: Essential Fundraising Rules and Regulations” on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:00am – 12:30pm.
Fresno Goes to MarketOn Monday, Shufina and I went to Reedley, a small charming town about 25 miles south of Fresno for a site visit for our third Go To Market. Go To Market – Fresno will take place on April 22nd at Reedley High School. (Photo: Shufina English, CAMEO’s program director, and Eduardo Gonzalez of the Fresno State University 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 Fresno County. Through this training, we and our members aim to reach home-based cottage kitchens, stimulating new jobs through specialty food entrepreneurship. Register or spread the word with your colleagues and clients in the Central Valley about Go To Market Fresno!
And…Action!We are starting a new section of the Must Know — And…Action! — because the current political reality demands that we participate more fully in the budget and legislative process – both at the state and the federal levels. We will describe actions you can take to ensure the survival and success of the micro sector. We urge you to assign a specific staff person to be responsible for taking action. April Break for Congress = District Visits Congress is on spring break starting on April 7 and going through April 24. This is a great time to meet with your federal legislators to talk about the the need to adequately fund the programs that support our sector. As we mentioned last week, the President has put in a supplement budget request for FY 2017 (which we are in and under a Continuing Resolution) that asks for $30 billion for defense and homeland security while devastating many of our programs. As we also mentioned before, Congress is in charged of appropriations. For the past few years, we’ve had some respite and haven’t had to make a real hard advocacy push for the programs that we love and our communities need. (And when I say ‘we’, I mean the sector.) This year, it’s different. We’re in for a long slog and need to maintain a steady drum beat of advocating for all of our programs – CDFI’s, SBA, Rural Development, EDA, and CDBG. This April is the first step. We will be providing talking points soon, but what we want you to do this week (right now, if possible) is the following:
- Find your representative by typing your zip code in the box in the top right-hand corner.
- Go to your representative’s website and request a meeting during the April recess.
- Request a district meeting with Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris.
- Call the district office and follow up next week.
- Email me your success stories about your program. Include what program, your grant information, what you did, what the outcomes were, and how it has impacted your community. Congress wants data!