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Happy Holidays! Victory at the DOL! And Local Gift Guides

  • Gift from US DOL!
  • Shop Local for the Holidays
  • The Gig Economy and The New Era Workforce, A CALED-CAMEO Webinar
  • Renew your membership/join us and gift your organization a year of training, advocacy and connections.
  • The Goodies – This week’s highlight is The High Road Workplace on January 12, 2017, from 5:30-7:45pm at New Resource Bank, 255 California Street, Suite 600, San Francisco. Join ASBC and CAMEO for an in-depth discussion of the benefits and challenges of the High Road Workplace (invite your clients!).
  • Gift from US DOL!

    Just in time for the holidays, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has given us something we’ve wanted for a long time – performance measures for the self-employed entrepreneurs so that entrepreneurship training is covered! This is a huge win for us as we’ve been working on this issue for years. DOL issued “Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 10-16“. In the letter, DOL makes clear that entrepreneurship training is covered by these programs and funding and can be included in performance metrics through “supplemental wage data.” A list of DOL’s examples of supplemental wage information will be released in January 2017, but states can come up with their own measures. Examples that we know of include Q2, Q4, and median income. Once we analyze DOL’s suggested supplemental wage information and get a copy of the Local Performance Report template in January, we’ll form a strategy to approach workforce boards with this guidance to integrate entrepreneurial training into the workforce system in a comprehensive manner. Let us know if you want to work on this issue with us. Email Claudia.

    Shop Local for the Holidays

    More local gift guides have come in for your last minute shopping.

    The Gig Economy and The New Era Workforce, A CALED-CAMEO Webinar

    Today, the number of small business is growing exponentially – and it’s not because typical small businesses are opening more doors. It’s because of the growing numbers of self-employed. The challenge is to help these entrepreneurs manage their multiple income streams so that they can survive and thrive and achieve viable incomes – and ultimately create wealth. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 1:00-2:00pm PST Join us for a discussion about the gig economy, the new era workforce of self-employed entrepreneurs and how our field can support their success.
    • Explore the data, trends, and opportunities with new research by the Federal Reserve Board.
    • Understand The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Coaching, Capital, Connection to Markets, Climate – What are some of the solutions being implemented right now to create opportunity for all in the gig economy?
    • What are some of the solutions of the future and what do economic developers need to know?

    The Goodies

    New opportunities for training, conference information, funding, scholarships, and other information that have crossed our desks since the last Must Know. I have posted a running tab of current Industry Goodies on the CAMEO website that lists items that were in past emails. Check it out to make sure you’re not missing anything, like grants whose deadlines are still alive! CAMEO Co-hosted Event: Along with the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), CAMEO is co-hosting The High Road Workplace on January 12, 2017, from 5:30-7:45pm at New Resource Bank, 255 California Street, Suite 600, San Francisco. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the benefits and challenges of the High Road Workplace: What does it take? What is the payoff? And what incentives can accelerate this crucial transformation of the future of work? Take Action: ASBC is busy! Sign on to their #WeRespectAll campaign. For our economy and a civil society to succeed, it is important to reach out to diverse constituencies, support an inclusive culture, ensure that relevant voices of all people directly affected are heard and that the economy taps the capabilities, creativity, and industriousness of all Americans. We signed. Member in the News: ASBC is VERY busy. They wrote about the candidate for SBA Administrator, “How Linda McMahon can revitalize small business in America” that was published in The Hill. Take Action: Tell @BusinessForward your top business priorities for Congress (and tweet about it – add the URL –! For Your Clients: The future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health insurance marketplaces is an unknown. In California, a lot of confusion and misinformation about what this means for the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, and enrollment options for 2017 is floating around. Small Business Majority sets the record straight on healthcare in California with a few key points to keep in mind. In a nutshell, if you signed up for 2017, you’re covered for 2017. New Poll: Small Business Majority has a new poll on small business owners’ views on the rising costs of prescription drugs. Cliff note: they’re too high! For Your Clients: Join Go-Biz for California Competes Tax Credit Workshops throughout the state during November and December. Webinars are also available. Each 45 minute workshop/webinar includes an overview of the program, program goals and evaluation criteria, and step-by-step instructions through the application process. All businesses are encouraged to attend. The online application can be accessed starting January 2, 2017. For Your Clients, Webinars: Small Business Majority and the U.S. SBA host California Workplace Benefits Webinar: Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line. This webinar series during open enrollment discussesg workforce and healthcare laws. They’ll also discuss programs that offer a competitive advantage for small businesses and help them retain and attract talented employees. Register for the webinars at 11:00am on December 27, 2016, January 10, 2017, and January 24, 2017. Advocacy Event: CFED is hosting a Virtual Regional Listening and Strategy Session on January 4, 2017 at 11:00am PT. With the current political climate, now is the time to map out how we can work together most powerfully to advance economic opportunity at the local, state and federal levels while protecting all the progress that we’ve made so far. CFED wants to learn more about the priorities and perceived risks in our states and how you’d like to connect with your peers to move a cohesive, aligned set of strategies moving forward. For Your Clients: Participate in LendingTree’s $50,000 Small Business Grant Contest. Eligible entries will be judged by a panel of Sponsor executives or judges who will select the winners on the basis of originality and creativity. For more information and eligibility requirements click on the link. The deadline is January 13, 2017. Women’s Business Center Comments: The US SBA is seeking comments on this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program. The deadline for comments is January 23, 2017. Funding Opportunity: The Local Crowd pleased to announce an opportunity for up to 10 U.S. rural communities to become Demonstration Sites that use crowdfunding as an economic development tool. This will be the fourth and final RFP to become a demonstration site. Local economic development organizations are invited to respond to the Request For Proposals. These responders may be local or regional economic development groups, SBDCs, chambers of commerce, Main Street programs or other organizations. Deadline to respond is February 1, 2017. Funding Opportunity: Opportunity Fund recently launched its Community Partner Program. The program can supplement the missions and programs of other non-profits by serving as a microloan program for those who do not have one and complementing the services of those who do. Partners receive several benefits, including an in-depth look at the credit and underwriting criteria and a 5% commission on every qualified referral booked for loans between $5,000 and $50,000. If you have questions or are interested, please contact Robert Zapata by email or phone 323.506.3529. microTracker Relaunches: FIELD at the Aspen Institute is thrilled to announce the new, their nationwide database on US microenterprise development organizations. MicroTracker gives you the ability to explore, analyze, and compare data on microenterprise programs across the country. The new site is updated to give flexibility, better navigation, and more ability for downloading analysis.]]>