Reminders: Sign Up and Survey Lunch

In this week’s Must Know

  • Deadline for Free Lunch, Fill Out Survey
  • CAMEO’s Annual Meeting
  • The Goodies: This week’s highlight includes a free webinar – Selling Products in California: How to Get a Resale Tax ID – hosted by JEDI with Arcata EDC, CAMEO, North Coast SBDC and West Company.
  • Watch our video CAMEO Connects to illustrate the power of locally-grown small-businesses.

Deadline for Free Lunch, Fill Out Survey

FIELD at the Aspen Institute has launched the 2013 U.S. Microenterprise Census! And CAMEO is partnering once again with FIELD for our annual survey. We can’t emphasize enough how critical this information is to our policy work on your behalf. So it’s time to gather your data and fill out the census.

If you complete the survey by tomorrow May 10, 2013, CAMEO will treat you and your staff to lunch up to $100!! That’s the Renaissance Center Marin staff enjoying their lunch last year.

CAMEO’s Annual Meeting

CAMEO’s Annual Member Meeting, Faces of Entrepreneurship Award, and Legislative Day
June 5-6, 2013

Sign up! today!

We promise you an intellectually stimulating, personally inspiring and just plain fun time– as always! (see pic left where CAMEO members are engaged in last year’s local economic development game.)

This year’s main theme is Self-employment: THE Labor Market Trend and what it means for Micro. Other highlights include:

  • Fifth Annual Rural Summit
  • Self-employment: THE Labor Market Trend
  • Faces of Entrepreneurship Awards and Celebration (see below for nomination information)
  • Member-only dinner at Tequila Museo Mayahuel Tequila Museum
  • Leg Day: support the micro bills that are moving through the California legislature

Sign up! Learn more about the agenda, hotel, parking and other logistics. The deadline for the block rooms in the hotel is May 14, 2013.

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!

Member Kudos: Congratulations to Catherine Marshall, whose e-book edition of “Field Building: Your Blueprint for Creating an Effective and Powerful Social Movement” has been named the Gold Medal winner of the 2012 e-Lit Awards for Current Affairs-Social Issues. The e-Lit Awards are dedicated to honoring the best independently published e-books of the year.

California Economic Forums: They began this week and are taking place all over the state. The ones in April are in SLO, Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley. The goal is to identify local priorities for investing in people, infrastructure and innovation to prepare our state to compete in the 21st century global economy. Please participate if you can and represent our sector. Make sure you identify as a member of CAMEO.

Free Webinar: CAMEO is co-sponsoring a webinar hosted by Small Business Majority – What Immigration Reform Means for your California Small Business – on May 10, 2013 at 10:00am PT. Register to learn about the latest of immigration reform and what it means for small business.

Free Webinars: Opportunity Finance Network hosts Scaling Up Microfinance, a series of ten, free technical assistance webinars from now to October 2013. The goal of the CDFI Fund’s Scaling Up Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative is to create jobs, build assets, and reduce poverty by scaling microfinance operations. The next topic is Adding New Microfinance Products to Scale & Increase Impact on May 14, 2013 at 11:00am PT. Find a full list of topics and webinars as well as registration information.

Free Webinar: Credit Builders Alliance hosts Know the Score: What’s in a Score? on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 11:00am – 12:00noon PST // 2:00pm – 3:00 pm EST. Whether you make loans, coach consumers on credit issues, or just want to keep abreast of new industry endeavors, join CBA and CoreLogic to learn more about the myriad of credit scores available to both lenders and consumers today and new supplemental credit sources. Register for the credit score webinar.

Free Webinar/Grant Opportunity: Need help applying for a national CCHD grant? On May 15, 2013 at 11:00am, CAMEO will host a webinar with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), a funding source for micro-business development. Presented by Beth Hyser, the session is aimed at 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that serve low income people in rural or urban areas. Pre-applications for the next cycle of the CCHD grant program will be available from Sept. – Nov. 1, 2013. Register for this webinar to learn how to apply for a CCHD grant. Login and dial-in information will be furnished upon registration.

Free Webinar: (for your clients) – Selling Products in California: How to Get a Resale Tax ID and e-file with the State of California. Are you a business owner and anticipate that your company will be selling a product? Then join JEDI on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm. Learn more and register. This webinar is presented by JEDI in collaboration with Arcata EDC, CAMEO, North Coast SBDC and West Company.

Conference: The Social Enterprise Alliance hosts Building an Economy on Purpose, May 19-22, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN. Summit ’13 is designed around the goal of building our economy on a purpose greater than profit. They’ve identified seven building blocks of a for-purpose economy and structured conference programming around them: policy, capital, markets, knowledge, spirit, talent, and community. CAMEO’s Individual Training program that can offset some of the costs for the conferences listed here. Contact Shufina English for more information.

Public Banking Conference 2013: Funding the New Economy will take place in San Rafael, California on June 2-4. They will explore one of the core foundations of successful economies around the world: a distributed network of public banks that operate in the public interest of each respective community. It starts off with a Conversation among Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone magazine), Birgitta Jonsdottir (Member of Icelandic Parliament), Ellen Brown (author of Web of Debt), and Gar Alperovitz.

Refugee Microenterprise Development Grant: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced the availability of funds for the Refugee Microenterprise Development Project. ORR has supported microenterprise development projects since 1991 through the award of discretionary grants to a variety of public agencies, community economic development agencies, local mutual assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. Non-profits qualify. Applications are due June 10, 2013.

2013 Small Business Finance Forum: OFN hosts a CDFI conference focused on the small business sector on June 11-12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Remember CAMEO can offset some of the costs for this and other conferences. Contact Shufina English for more information.