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MEHKO Updates

Currently, 15 California counties and one municipality have authorized Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operation (MEHKO) ordinances. But the majority of Californians are not aware of the existence and potential benefits of MEHKOs.

The MEHKO Outreach Cohort aims to build public awareness and support for MEHKOs to create a more favorable environment for these small businesses to succeed and contribute to local food systems. COOK Alliance and CAMEO Network will facilitate the training for the cohort, using an outreach toolkit and implementation plan to familiarize the public and potential cooks about MEHKOs in newly legalized areas. Participants will receive $7,500. The deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 2024.

Additionally, COOK Alliance is now accepting applications for the next cohorts of COOK Academy, a dynamic education program designed for culinary micro-entrepreneurs with home-based food businesses. This eight-week online program offers a $3,000 grant to empower cooks in kick starting or expanding their own MEHKO business, as well as the essential skills to run it successfully.

Apply for the SSBCI TA Hotline

As part of the SSBCI TA program, CAMEO Network will create a hotline for participating organizations to answer questions on legal, accounting, and finance topics so they can better serve their clients and help them get capital ready.

We are looking for a legal services provider and an accounting and financial services provider to staff the hotline. Applications are due July 3, 2024.

State Policy Update

CAMEO Network’s co-sponsored bills will be heard in Assembly committees within the next two weeks, and opposition is coming out strong so we need your help!

  • SB 1103 (Menjivar – Small Commercial Tenant Protections) will be heard in the Asm. Judiciary Committee on June 25Email your representatives to show your support!
  • SB 1286 (Min – Decency in Small Business Debt Collection) will be heard in the Asm. Banking Committee on July 1Sign on to support!
  • SB 1482 (Glazer/Limon – Commercial Financing Protections) will also be heard in the Asm. Banking Committee on July 1Sign on to support!

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