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Letters to Gov Brown & SE Data Webinar

Vote for Claudia for the Small Business Influencer Award – and vote everyday! She’s number 10. Let’s keep her in the top ten!

  • Support Letters for AB 285 – Take Action
  • CAMEO Webinar – Self-Employment: A Labor Market Reality
  • The Goodies – This week’s highlight includes free tuition for Economic Development 101 for staff from non-profit 501c(3) organizations, courtesy of Citi. The training is September 9-13, 2013 in Los Angeles. Learn more and register. (Note that this training is now EC 101, not 201 as originally announced.)

Support Letters for AB 285

CAMEO sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 285 (Brown), a measure that requires the California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) to develop guidelines for implementing entrepreneurship and self-employment training programs. The bill is on the governor’s desk! We are asking that you write a letter to Governor Brown asking him to sign AB 285.

Download a sample letter.

CAMEO Webinar – Self-Employment: A Labor Market Reality

Join Claudia Viek, CEO of CAMEO (California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity), for a virtual brown bag lunch, with a short presentation and discussion of this crucial labor market trend.

Monday, September 16, 2013, 12:00 PM PDT
Registration for Self-employment is THE labor market trend, a webinar.

In California corporations with more than 500 employees shed almost 300,00 jobs from 2003 to 2010, while during the same period, companies with 1-4 employees created more than 700,00 jobs. It’s the very small and independent workers who are creating the jobs. You know who the small businesses are, but who are these independent workers?

This session will present data supporting self employment and local micro-business trends, and describe strategies, tools and resources that are proven effective in creating businesses, jobs and sustained local economies, without huge investment.

Bring your lunch, log on and discuss one of the most important labor market trends we are facing.

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 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!

Healthcare Info: The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series. Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees, including insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, the new health insurance marketplaces, and employer shared responsibility provisions. Each week, SBA representatives will walk through the key pieces of the law so that small business owners can understand the facts and make the best, informed decisions they can about providing health insurance for their employees. The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now (next ones are September 5, 12) through the opening of the marketplaces in October. Go to their website to register for The Affordable Care Act 101.

Free Training: As part of Citi’s commitment to building the capacity of partner organizations serving our local communities, it’s supporting a series of community economic development trainings focused on economic and community development finance conducted by the National Development Council (NDC). Through a contribution from the Citi Foundation, the cost of the tuition for Economic Development 101 – Economic Development Finance will be provided at no cost to staff from non-profit 501c(3) organizations, including CDCs and CDFIs. The training is September 9 – 13, 2013 in Los Angeles. Learn more and register.

USDA RMAP Grant: USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) will provide about $12.2 million to eligible applicants this year. Under the program, USDA may provide loans of up to $500,000 to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs). They, in turn, make microloans for business start-up or development to eligible microentrepreneurs who are unable to obtain conventional credit elsewhere. Grants of up to $30,000 are available for MDOs to provide technical assistance and training, particularly in rural areas that have experienced significant outmigration. RMAP applications are due by September 13, 2013. Learn more or contact any USDA Rural Development state office.

Free Webinar: The Aspen Institute’s FIELD program hosts ‘Scale through Distance Learning’ along with the SBA’s PRIME program on September 17 from 10:00-11:30am PDT // 1:00-2:30 pm EDT. Do you provide training, technical assistance or other business development services to microentrepreneurs? Is your staff stretched thin trying to reach more and more of them as you scale up? If so, you might be considering, or already trying, distance learning as a strategy to keep costs down, reduce the wear and tear on staff, and effectively help more entrepreneurs succeed. Register and learn more about online learning webinar.

Free Webinar, For Your Clients: So, You Need a Loan. Find out What You Need to Be Prepared for Financing Options on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, from 4:00-5:15pm PDT. In this webinar attendees will: open their eyes to long term planning and expansion; understand best practices for tracking income/expenses and developing good credit; understand assets and collateral from a lender’s perspective; learn about different financing options; create good projections for a loan application. Register and learn more.

Conference: Beacon Economics and UC Riverside’s School of Business Administration present the seventh annual Riverside/San Bernardino Economic Forecast Conference. Join some of the state’s leading economic forecasters and hear what’s next for the U.S., California, and inland Southern California economies. The conference takes place on October 29, 2013 from 8-11:00am at the Riverside Auditorium and Events Center (Municipal Auditorium). CAMEO members receive the ‘Affiliate Discounted Admission’ of $90. Learn more and register.