- Happy 4th! Support Independent Biz
- CAMEO Opportunities – Survey and Communications
- The Goodies – This week’s highlight includes a BALLE Community Capital Webinar: Capital, Coaching, & Connection presented by none other than Claudia Viek on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 10:00am PT.
Support Independent Biz
This Fourth of July, I’m highlighting some data for you to reference on the benefits of indie businesses. Celebrate locally this holiday. Also scroll down to the Goodies where we have a bunch of upcoming resources listed for your clients.
- Studies show that local business returns twice as much to the local economy than national chain stores.
- Cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks, more engaged citizens, and better success solving problems, according to several recently published studies.
- And more studies on various topics such as wages, benefits, prices, etc…
Survey and Communications
We can’t emphasize enough how critical your impact information is to our policy work on your behalf. So if you haven’t already, gather your data and fill out the microTracker census. Our deadline for the annual survey is July 31, 2013. Many, many thanks to those of you who have already filled it out
We offer two communication benefits for our members this year. We are opening up our online calendar to our members to enter their events and classes. And we continue to offer our press release service. Download this document to learn more.
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!
Webinar: BALLE hosts a Community Capital Webinar: Capital, Coaching, & Connection presented by none other than Claudia Viek on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 10:00am PT. We’ll explore how no matter the capital strategy we employ, it must be accompanied with entrepreneurship support and technical assistance that can get entrepreneurs ready for an infusion of capital, and help them succeed once they have it. Register for the webinar.
For Your Clients: Community Financial Resource Center is offering IDA’s for Los Angeles residents. CFRC can be a great referral source for low-income individuals and families with earned income who want to start or expand their small business. The total grant they receive at the end of 12-months is $2,500. CFRC is holding orientations on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in July and August. Learn moreand access the schedule.
For Your Clients: Specialty Food is holding a story contest. Winners win an ad campaign and a trip to San Francisco. Deadline is July 12, 2013.
Grant Opportunity: PG&E is piloting an Economic Vitality Grant Program to invest up to $200,000 in programs designed to enhance local economic vitality—ranging from business incubation and growth to workforce development. Deadline is July 31, 2013.
For Your Clients: On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Whole Foods Market will be hosting its second Local Vendor Summit at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco from 8:00am- 5:00pm.
For Your Clients: Two trainings are available thanks to Jefferson Economic Development Institute in collaboration with Arcata EDC, CAMEO, North Coast SBDC and West Company: Inspired Marketing, How to Creatively and Consistently Communicate to Your Ideal Customers and Working Smart, How to Understand Your Profit and Loss Statements to Increase the Bottom Line.