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Two Weeks Til CAMEO Hits Hollywood

In this week’s Must Know

  • Two Weeks Til CAMEO Hits Hollywood
  • Time To Take Action – Farm Bill, Be Your Own Boss Campaign
  • The Goodies: This week’s highlight is the Field Institute’s ELM² – Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness program. Applications are due November 9, 2012 and CAMEO will offer a scholarship.

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.

2. 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.

Time To Take Action

Farm Bill

Everybody eats. This means all of us have a stake in how our food is grown and produced. And if we want local, sustainable, healthy food everywhere – from our grocery stores to our schools, delivered from thriving family farms nationwide – we have to ask for it. A few CAMEO members are partners in a a national petition led by nearly 50 food and farm organizations from around the country that wants Congress to pass a better farm bill.

Be Your Own Boss

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.

TODAY, 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!

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.

Leadership Training: FIELD is partnering with Capital One to create a new leadership institute for emerging leaders (under the age of 45) in the microbusiness development field. Called ELM² – Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness – with the squared symbol representing the multiplier effect that the program will have in developing new leaders,, its target participants are: high-potential staff in mature microenterprise organizations, and young executive directors of new organizations. Applications are due November 9, 2012.. CAMEO can provide $400 towards a scholarship.

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

Job Opportunities: MEDA 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.