Annual Member Meeting

CAMEO hosts statewide and regional annual member meetings to listen to members’ needs and provide a forum for collaboration

Note: CAMEO also hosts regional meetings around the state to listen to members’ needs and provide a forum for collaboration.

Each year, CAMEO members gather in Sacramento to discuss the wider trends in our field and meet with legislators to advocate for the micro sector. Internally at CAMEO, it’s been a year of transition and external forces are rapidly shifting. So we thought it fitting to organize this year’s meeting around the theme – “Thriving in Transition.” Thanks to everyone who came and made it a huge success.

2018 CAMEO Annual Member Meeting

June 5-6, 2018
Sterling Hotel
1300 H Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Internally at CAMEO, it’s been a year of transition and external forces are rapidly shifting. So we thought it fitting to organize this year’s meeting around the theme – Thriving in Transition. With your help we will explore transition in three areas.

Training the New Era Workforce of Independent Entrepreneurs: What are you doing to serve this growing population?
Nuts and Bolts: How have your fundraising, marketing and outreach, strategies changed? What do we need to do differently?
Innovation in Response: How have your products and services responded to changes in your geographical area or in response to changes in the economy/political climate at large?



8:30 Breakfast

9:00 Welcome / Member meeting

10:00 Morning Sessions
(Three approximately one-hour sequential sessions.)

When Disaster Strikes: Earthquakes, fires, flood, and other disasters have a profound effect on local businesses. Learn from a panel of disaster program experts and CAMEO members that have had to respond to “Declared Disasters” on how to deliver the appropriate services.

  • Leah Abate, former WBC Director & Disaster Recovery Project Manager, Women’s Economic Ventures
  • Yolanda Stokes, Public Information Officer, US SBA, Office of Disaster Assistance
  • Ben Stone, Sonoma County Economic Development Board Director, County of Sonoma
  • Moderator: Mark Quinn, Senior Advisor, CAMEO

Creating Power for Your Gig Economy Clients, Joshua Danielson, founder of Loconomics: Learn how the cooperative structure of Loconomics can help your clients start their businesses with the support of technology tools, an online marketplace, and a support network. We’ll cover the features and benefits of Loconomics and ways to partner to create an ecosystem of support for your clients. Loconomics is 100% owned by the independent professionals powering it.

Inner Secrets of Online Lending Platforms: Online lending has expanded into every area of business lending and we need to know how online lending affects our clients. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of loans from lenders such as Lending Club, Kabbage, Kiva and WeFunder.

  • Paul Bernardini, Head of Corporate Communications and Analyst Relations, Kabbage
  • Louis Caditz-Peck, Director of Public Policy, Lending Club
  • Jonny Price, Director of Business Development, WeFunder
  • Moderator: Mark Quinn, CAMEO Senior Advisor

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Keynote Speaker – Matt Cohen, California Small Business Person of the Year and founder of Off-the-Grid.

OTG got started right around the end of the recession/beginning of the recovery and the very beginnings of the food truck industry. Matt has certainly figured out how to ‘thrive in transition.’ We’ll hear from Matt on how OTG started grew from a few food trucks into a Bay Area icon that celebrates food, community and connections – and how
he’s helping others to do the same.

2:45 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Organizing Community Support for Microbusiness Development: Building small businesses and creating jobs through microbusiness development requires a community-wide effort. Learn how to lead their your community collaborative from Catherine Marshall of CapBuilders and the MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California. Specific takeaways include:
*Four essential elements that will help a community collaborative launch quickly, retain momentum, and gain support.
*How to address the challenges that commonly arise when growing a community collaborative.
*Key characteristics of the ideal leaders for a successful community collaborative.

Crowdfunding the Capital Gap for Micro: Everyone seems to know about crowdfunding these days, but how does this new fundraising tool REALLY work? Kathleen Minogue of Crowdfund better will teach you how crowdfunding can play a significant role in filling the capital gap for those looking to launch new businesses, the non-financial benefits of crowdfunding that help make a business more resilient and agile, and how crowdfunding can work in tandem with other capital raising tools.

Tech Tools: Join Xiomara Pena from Small Business Majority to learn about, their free online resource hub for small businesses that need help accessing responsible capital and becoming loan ready. She will explain their and how they are partnering with organizations to offer high-quality, personalized assistance to your clients with a co-branded portal. And Arturo Noriega from Centro Community Partners will talk about their latest app that connects business owners with CDFIs.

Use Online Learning is Here to Stay: Joy Taylor of JEDI will present “The Seven Essentials to Create and Deliver Online Training and Consulting that Engages Participants and Builds Community.”
Going online with training and consulting is not as difficult as you might think. Joy will demystify the world of remote learning. Topics covered include: delivery method pros and cons, technology platforms, how to create engagement online, the flipped classroom, and repurposing content. Develop a step by step approach to bring your organization’s expertise online. Ample time for questions and answers will allow you to explore if or how online learning is right for your organization. Joy has over ten years of experience building community and courses online.

5:00 Faces of Entrepreneurship Awards

Honored Guest: Toni Symonds, Chief Consultant Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (and Champion!)

  • Alicia Villanueva, Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas (nominated by MEDA – Mission Economic Development Agency) and
  • Andrew McDowell, With Love Market & Cafe (nominated by Crowdfund Better).


8:00 Affinity Groups Breakfast
9:00 Morning Session

Janelle Greenn, Small Business Specialist, Go-Biz. and Jesse Torres, Deputy Secretary, Small Business, Go Biz (invited) explain the nuts and bolts of the Governor’s budget for small business technical assistance.

Jonathan Herrera from the State Treasurer’s office previews Cal-Savers

The next two sessions will run concurrently. Participants that want advocacy training will follow Gabe Villareal into a different room and receive some great tips.

California’s Small Business Advocacy Network: What does the policy landscape look like for small business? Who’s in the room? What sandbox do they play in and how can we collaborate?

  • Julian Canete, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Herbert, Small Business Majority
  • Lori Kammerer, Small Business California
  • Moderated by: Heidi Pickman, CAMEO

ABC’s of Legislative Visits with Gabriel Villarreal, Policy Advocate, Opportunity Fund

Prepare for Legislative Visits (get your talking points here!)

11:00 Legislator Visits
1:00 Informal debrief and no host lunch

Please make your own appointments between 11:00am and 1:00pm; here’s how:

  • Find contact information for your assembly member(s) and your senator.
  • Send a written request to the scheduler as well as call the office.
  • If the legislator is not available, ask for a meeting with the chief of staff.

If you are from an area that only has one representative in each house, coordinate with other CAMEO members who may be attending. If you are from a large area that has many representatives, we will divide and conquer. Contact Andrew, who will help coordinate with other members who will be going.

After your legislative visit, join us for a no host lunch, location/time tbd


We’ve booked a limited number of rooms at the Sterling Hotel. For those of you who have been there before, it is a small boutique hotel, so make your reservations early. To reserve your room and receive the group discount, call 916-448-1300 and use the code “CAMEO1”. (You cannot book online with the code.)

Other options include:

Directions Map it

From Reno (East)
Take Interstate 80 West to I-5 South towards Sacramento. Take the J Street Exit, follow J Street to 13th Street. Take a left onto 13th Street.

From San Francisco (West)
Take I-80 East to U.S. 50 East. Take the I-5 North Exit towards Redding. Take the J Street Exit, follow J Street to 13th Street. Take a left onto 13th Street.

From Sacramento International Airport and Points North
Take Interstate 5 South to Sacramento. Take the J Street Exit, follow J Street to 13th Street. Take a left onto 13th Street.

From South
Travel north on I-5. Take the J Street Exit, follow J Street to 13th Street. Take a left onto 13th Street.

Public Transportation

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There is a nearby garage on 13th Street between J and H.


900 13th Street
On J St turn left at 13th St
On 13th St turn left into the garage.

GARAGE PHONE NUMBER – 916-441-5213

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