Introducing the Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Toolkit

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Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Toolkit

Over the last decade, CAMEO has witnessed several trends that call for a new tool in the economic development toolbox, including a shift in the concept of “jobs,” automation, and diminishing employment opportunities in traditional industries. 

To respond to these changes, we have created a toolkit that takes a place-based approach to rural economic development and fosters a healthy ecosystem for the creation and growth of small businesses. 

Download the toolkit now and help us spread the word! It’s easy with the LEEP digital toolkit.


Celebrate Faces Winner

We are very excited to announce our second 2019 Faces of Entrepreneurship Award winner:

Congrats to Lena’s Soul Food Cafe! Lena’s is a black-owned business started by Oakland native Calvin Andrews, who consciously invests in his staff and his community. Learn more about his initiatives at our 25th anniversary celebration.

Thanks to Main Street Launch, El Pajaro CDC, and all the organizations who submitted a nomination!


Crowdfunding Webinar

Are you curious about crowdfunding as a source of capital for your clients? Join “How to Know if Crowdfunding is Right for Your Clients” on November 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm PT.

Crowdfund Better’s Kathleen Minogue will walk you through a process where success is based on communication, trust, and transparency.
Webinar attendees can submit client profiles for an assessment of crowdfunding-readiness – made possible by our PRIME grant.

The Goodies

New Resources

  • The Federal Reserve’s current issue of Consumer & Community Context features three articles that focus on small businesses’ access to capital.
  • Agility Recovery’s disaster planning guide outlines basic steps any organization should take to build resilience in the face of emergencies.

For Your Clients

Professional Opportunities

  • Join CalNonprofits for the webinar reveal of their new report Causes Count: the Economic Impact of California’s Nonprofit Sector on TODAY at 2:00 pm PT.
  • The application period is now open for OFN’s Landit for CDFI Women program. Applications are due December 6, 2019.

Other Goodies

  • Take Action: The New Markets Tax Credit expires on December 31, 2019. Sign your organization onto the NMTC Coalition’s letter to Congress to preserve it. Signatures are accepted until tomorrow.
  • Prospera, FHL Bank of San Francisco, and Mandela Partners announced new jobs recently. See who else is hiring!​​