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In this week’s Must Know

  • Must Go! Important Events for Your Fall Calendar
  • Be Your Own Boss Campaign/li>
  • The Goodies: This week’s highlight is jobs, jobs, jobs. More and more of you are hiring than ever before. The economy must be getting better. Scroll down to the bottom for a link to our jobs page and check out our LA events, our BYOB campaign, webinars and grant announcement along the way.

As another reminder, we’ve got a busy fall planned for you. We’ve got inspiration, we’ve got capacity building, we’ve got advocacy. Mark your calendars and participate!

Must Go! Important Events for Your Fall Calendar

1. Register Now for Think Big! A Women’s Symposium. Join CAMEO at the L.A. Federal Reserve and become inspired! Think Big! On November 7, 2012, we celebrate female entrepreneurship and ways to advance. Anie Borjas, the executive director of the National Women’s Business Council, who advises the White House, Congress and the SBA, will be the lunch keynote and present the latest research on success factors for women entrepreneurs. Visit the Think Big page on our website for the full agenda and speakers list.

Register now for the Introductory Financial Workshop for Business Counselors on November 14th at the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles.

Susan Brown, our trainer extraordinaire, will lead a one day introductory workshop in Los Angeles that will cover the following topics:

  • referring clients,
  • eligibility,
  • underwriting criteria,
  • understanding financial statements,
  • creating cash flow projections, and
  • best practices for making microloan referrals.

Staff should attend this workshop to learn how to develop loan-ready microenterprise clients and help business clients successfully qualify for a microloan.

Learn more about the workshop or register.

Be Your Own Boss Campaign

Self-employment is a labor market trend and most corporations aren’t creating jobs. Please 1) sign the Be Your Own Boss petition, 2) recruit five colleagues/Facebook friends to sign and 3) if you can, really spread the word by downloading the toolkit.

Join us for a campaign call to ask questions, find out about what others are doing to spread the word and brainstorm creative ideas. For example, Women’s Initiative has posted a guest blog post on the BYOBoss campaign, by yours truly.

  • Thursday October 25, 2012 at 2pm
  • Dial-in Number: 1-626-677-3000 (West Coast)
  • Participant Access Code 4284853

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!

Happy National Women’s Business Month: Every Thursday in October, the SBA will hold web chats to address business topics from a woman-business-owner perspective. Web chat themes include: starting and growing your business, finding capital, government contracting, and opportunities for young women.

Free Webinar: AEO hosts Training Entrepreneurs about Finance – Small Business Finance Institute on
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 10:00-11:00am PDT // 1:00-2:00pm EDT. Many microbusiness development organizations seek to offer effective business support services in this challenging business environment, but must also manage a variety of responsibilities for their growing client list. This webinar will provide an overview of Small Business Finance Institute’s (SBFI) financial management training services and its curriculum that are available to microbusiness development organizations for delivery to clients. Register and learn more.

Grant Opportunity: The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is a funding source for micro-business development. And if you’re a rural member there’s grant writing assistance available from The National Catholic Rural Life Conference. The application deadline is November 1, 2012. Learn more.

Bay Area Business Event: Inner City Advisor hosts ALL OUT 2012 event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. ALL OUT 2012’s mission is to solve the challenges that help Bay Area small businesses scale up. On November 8, 2012 at 6:00pm, 1000 of the Bay Area’s brightest entrepreneurial, philanthropic and community-driven minds will collaborate to deliver results—not rhetoric—to create 25,000 good, local jobs. Come ready to contribute your solutions and celebrate. Learn more and buy tickets.

For Your Clients: CARAT offers free online trainings for small businesses through December. Check out their calendar.

New Poll: AEO, Small Business Majority and National Association for Self-Employment commissioned an opinion poll of micro-business owners about the future. The results? More good news, optimism reigns. Read the press release from AEO and CAMEO’s excited response to the micro-business optimism poll.

New Report: CFED has released their scorecard on asset building policies by state that help families create financial security and opportunity. Of interest will be statistics on business ownership in California compared to the U.S., as well as a resource guide for micro enterprise.

New Report: The Public Policy Institute of California released The California Economy: Employment in 2012 loaded with good stats.

Capacity Building:Do you know what the Zero Moment of Truth is? If you don’t, I bet your client businesses don’t and they should! Hint: It has something to do with when you hook a customer. Read our latest guest post from Joanne Steele who wowed us at this year’s rural summit.

Capacity Building: Joanne Steele, who inspired those who attended our Rural Summit in June, has an online marketing ‘class’ – Take Control of Your Internet Marketing. In simple do-able steps, train your clients to manage their own Internet marketing, from online reviews to building their own website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) for businesses, SEO, customer focused content and more. Take Control will partner with your organization to provide the training your clients need at a remarkably affordable price! Contact Joanne Steele – 530-235-4404 or email. Learn how you can use Take Control to enhance and expand your Internet marketing trainings and help your clients succeed.

Job Opportunities: Women’s Economic Ventures, Working Solutions, CDC Small Busines Finance, Small Business Majority, Community Financial Resource Center, Renaissance Bayview, Accion San Diego, California Farmlink and Valley Economic Development Center are hiring. Please check CAMEO’s job page for more information and other listings.