Happy Holidays

  • Happy Holidays!
  • FY2014-2015 Federal Budget – Take Action!
  • The Goodies – This week’s highlight is the CAMEO Microlending Forum. Register for our Microlending Forum on January 9, 2013 in San Francisco

Happy Holidays

The CAMEO Staff wishes you a warm and joyous holiday season with family and friends (from left to right: Heidi, Shufina, Claudia and Andrew). We look forward to 2014 and the possibilities it brings!

Thanks to Nancy Swift who had our third ‘buy local for the holidays‘ op-ed published in her local paper! Page A7 of the Mount Shasta Herald

Take one last peek at our shop local guide for the 2013 Holiday Season.

And here’s a little ‘shop indie’ holiday reading, as I bet many of you are shopping on Etsy for gifts. They published a report about the economic impact of their businesses: Etsy-based micro-businesses generate almost $900 million in revenue!

Due to the holidays, the Must Know will be on vacation until the week of January 6, 2013.

FY2014-2015 Federal Budget – Take Action!

Take two minutes to do one more thing before the holidays as our legislators will be working on appropriations over the next few weeks. AEO has made it super easy to let the committee leaders and other legislators know that you want to “Ensure Critical FY2014 Funding for Business Assistance to Our Nation’s Entrepreneurs.” CAMEO is advocating for slightly different amounts for the budget than AEO based on what we think is possible in this political climate.

Click on the above link.
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Edit the letter as you wish – cut and paste the following in the appropriate place:

SBA PRIME Program – $5M
SBA Microloan – Lending – $25M
SBA Microloan – Technical Assistance – $20M
SBA Women’s Business Center Program – $14M
SBA Small Business Development Centers -$115M
SBA Boots to Business – $7M
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund – $224.6M

The Goodies

New opportunities for trainings, 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 Microlending Forum: Register for our Microlending Forum on Disruptive Technology, January 9, 2013 in San Francisco. If you are serious about growing your microloan portfolio, want to reduce transaction costs and learn more about new, disruptive solutions to micro lending, this Forum is a ‘Must Go’. It’s open to lenders, TA providers doing loan packaging and CAMEO bank partners.

CAMEO Membership: Renew your membership to our dynamic network of organizations and individuals. Together, we build businesses that create local jobs and grow California’s economy through Micro-business development. If you’re not head of an organization, make sure your leader knows to renew!

Job Opportunities: Farmer Veteran’s Coalition, Women’s Economic Ventures, Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California, Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES), Small Business Majority, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Opportunity Fund, AnewAmerica, Self-Help, and California Reinvestment Coalition are hiring! Please check CAMEO’s job page for more information and other listings.