Building a Do-It-Yourself Economy

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). Visit to learn more about CALED.

The nature of our economy is changing and that means our economic development toolkit needs an update. A shift is needed to move from old methods that may have worked for a different economy to a new innovative, creative and flexible method that will work for today’s economy – a method that is based on creating jobs locally, one based on a “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) economy.”

During the first part of the webinar, we explain changing landscape of the labor market that necessitates new approaches. The second part of the webinar will outline potential policy directions for stimulating a new economy based on locally-owned small businesses that will provide our communities with economic diversity, local control, increased economic development capacity and quality job creation.

Watch and listen to the webinar (49 minutes)

About the Presenter

Claudia Pic Colored smallClaudia Viek has been CEO of CAMEO since 2007. She has been a pioneer in both the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in California.  She is the former Executive Director (14 years) of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Renaissance is an award winning training, financing and business incubation program in San Francisco.  Claudia represents the State Micro-Business Associations on the AEO board. Claudia served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Association and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators from Baja to Alaska. Claudia is the past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAWBO and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards in her community.
Claudia has won three awards recently: 2013 Top 100 Small Business Influence Champion, Women Impacting Public Policy’s Policy Award, Women in Business Champion of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.