Micro-business Events in California

  • CAMEO Member Event

    July 29, 2014 - Small Business Lending Capacity Building Forum - Fresno, CA

    Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, FDIC, and OCC

    At this forum, we will have presentations and discussion on effective strategies to build small business lending capacity throughout the San Joaquin Valley. We will hear from effective practitioners how their platforms were developed, and strategies for regional stakeholders to support continued growth in the region’s community development infrastructure.

    The objective of this Forum will encourage more small business lending activity in the San Joaquin Valley marketplace and open discussions on enhancing small business lending.This meeting is designed for participation by community organizations, financial institutions, and government agencies.

    Complimentary lunch will be served.

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  • Veteran Event

    August 15, 2014 - Boots to Business:Reboot - Los Angeles, CA

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in 12 U.S. cities beginning July 11. Each two-day “Boots to Business: Reboot” event will be led by representatives from SBA’s resource partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).

    The two-day “Introduction to Entrepreneurship Class” will teach veterans the fundamentals of business ownership. Participants will learn how to evaluate business concepts, and effective strategies for developing a business plan.

    “Boots to Business: Reboot” will adapt the curriculum from SBA’s Boots to Business: From Service to Startup program.   A training track within the Department of Defense’s “Transition, Goals, Plans, Success” (Transition GPS) program, Boots to Business is a three-step program developed to introduce transitioning service members to small business ownership.

    In addition to connecting with local resource networks, participants also have an opportunity to take advantage of the counseling and training offered by SBA’s resource partner network, which include Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE.

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  • CAMEO Member Event

    August 15, 2014 - San Francisco Street Food Festival - San Francisco, CA

    Event presented by La Cocina.

    Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world for food?

    Heading to Mexico City for tacos, biking down to Chile for empanadas, a long-cruise to West Africa for some akara, into Europe by train for porchettas and pastas and then island hopping in Asia for noodles and dumplings? Or even just thought about getting on BART and learning something new about a new neighborhood through food? So funny you say that, because us too.

    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was built around the owner-operated entrepreneurs of the best food businesses in the Bay Area. Join us on Saturday, August 16th, and try the foods, the love and the memories-in-waiting from over 80 food vendors, all cooking their food from scratch.

    We encourage you to buy a passport for the event. Not just because we put our heart and soul into the souvenir (homemade Mad Libs anyone?) but also because it’s an opportunity to leave the cash at home, to support La Cocina (30% of passport sales are donated to La Cocina) and to get a couple of free perks along the way.

    We have plenty of passport options available, and you can find them all here. Take a moment, choose the best one for yourself, your friends and your family, and start planning your route through the festival. There’s a lot of traveling and eating to be done.

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  • Veteran Event

    August 24, 2014 - CalVet Summit on Women Voters - Sacramento, CA

    The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is honored to announce Liz Perez–Halperin as keynote speaker at our 2014 Summit on Women Veterans on August 24, 2014.

    Ms. Perez-Halperin, a U.S. Navy Veteran deployed during the Iraq War, worked as an Aviation Logistics Specialist. A successful entrepreneur, she is the founder and CEO of GC Green Incorporated, a general contracting and consulting firm focused on getting veterans into the green energy industry. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her widely respected work on clean energy and environmental issues. In addition to running her own company, Ms. Perez-Halperin has been very active in a number of other organizations, and served on the American Council of Young Political Leaders as a delegate to Japan.

    Her address will focus on women successfully transitioning from the military to successful careers, business ownership opportunities and community service. These topics are of great importance to the hundreds of women expected to attend the 7th annual Summit on Women Veterans.

    The Summit, titled “Bridging Gaps, Breaking Barriers,” at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel on August 24 – 25, 2014, will feature several important workshops for California women Veterans, including educational benefits, financial literacy, and starting a business. Attendees will also hear from employers from several companies and industries who will share tips and answer questions about getting hired.

    Additional Summit Information

    * The 2014 Summit on Women Veterans is open to the public, and will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, from 10AM August 24 to 5:30PM August 25. Check-in begins at 9AM on August 24. Pre-register online, or call (916) 916-503-8334 for more information.
    * A “Dress Code” closet will also be available so Women Veterans can select gently used and new business attire.
    * CalVet will present Woman Veteran Leader of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Volunteer, and California Corporate Leadership awards at the Summit.

    Sponsors for the 2014 Summit on Women Veterans

    This year’s Summit is possible due to funding provided by VetFund Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit promoting the interests of California Veterans and active duty service members. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, PG&E, USAA, Disabled American Veterans, Oracle, Kaiser Permanente, Deloitte, the California State University, CA Technologies, the California Lottery, Drexel University Sacramento, the California Veterans Benefit Fund, Ashford University, and the Association of California Commissions for Women.

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  • Veteran Event

    August 25, 2014 - Women Vets In Tech Hackathon @ Facebook - Menlo Park, CA

    Join Vets in Tech for one of our best events ever!! The 1st EVER Women-VetsinTech hackathon @ Facebook will be a shortened version of our popular weekend event but will be action packed with goal of getting to a MVP (minimum viable product) or demo/pitch by the end of the day. In partnership with the SBA and V-WISE, VetsinTech has an exciting day planned exclusively for women veterans.

    Facebook will be bringing in some of their best advisors and fellow veterans to support the teams as well as leading a “LeanIn” session during the day. More information will be announced leading up to the event (keynotes, judges, prizes, etc) so be sure to keep checking back here:

    NOTE: There are a limited amount of scholarships available for individuals who are traveling in from outside of Northern California. Scholarships will cover transportation as well as accommodations and will be awarded based on financial need. For more information or to apply for a scholarship please email

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