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Nancy Halpern Ibrahim Bio

Speaker for our Women’s Symposium – Food, Glorious Food Biz.

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim

ED Esperanza Housing,

Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH, has led Esperanza Community Housing Corporation as the Executive Director since November 2006. She joined Esperanza in 1995 as the founding Director of Health Programs and designed Esperanza’s model Community Health Promoters Program, which has graduated 416 bilingual Community Health Promoters/ Promotores de Salud over the past eighteen years. As Executive Director, she leads a staff of 28, addressing five major program areas: Affordable Housing, Health, Environmental Justice, Economic Development, and Art and Culture.

Ms. Ibrahim’s efforts have been central to pioneering environmental health strategies in the region, and to advancing the reputation of Mercado La Paloma, Esperanza’s economic development venue, as a cultural and culinary hub. Esperanza’s Community Health Promoters programs have engendered pioneering community health initiatives such as the South Los Angeles Healthy Homes Project, Better Neighborhood/Same Neighbors, the People Not Pozos campaign that struggles against oil and gas extraction activities in residential neighborhoods, and the South Los Angeles Health and Human Rights Coalition.

In 2011, Ms. Ibrahim was awarded a Durfee Foundation Sabbatical. In May 2006, she received the “Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award for Excellence in Community-Based Women’s Health Leadership” from the California State Office of Women’s Health. Since 2005, Ibrahim has been a founding Board Member of T.R.U.S.T South LA. In 2003, Ms. Ibrahim was welcomed into the UCLA School of Public Health’s Alumni Hall of Fame, recognizing “outstanding accomplishments in community-based health programs, including community health education and training.” Ms. Ibrahim received her Master of Public Health degree from UCLA, and has worked as a social justice activist in the field of women’s health and development for the past twenty-nine years.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation is a nationally-recognized nonprofit founded in 1989, that empowers the hardworking, low-income families of South Central LA to build healthier lives for themselves. With a holistic approach that includes housing, health, education and employment, Esperanza partners with residents and other organizations to fight the interlocking problems of poverty. Esperanza has worked for over 24 years to build safe, quality housing that is affordable to low-income families. Its Promotora de Salud (Community Health Promoter) program trains community members to improve the health of families while preparing them for employment opportunities in the fields of health and social service. The Mercado La Paloma, Esperanza’s cultural and culinary hub, spurs economic development and is home to sixteen first-time small family-owned businesses and six community serving non-profits.

Open Letter About Healthcare

This comes from our friend Joanne Steele on Obamacare.

Dear Friends,
This is about health insurance. Please read on, it’s important.

In the New York Times today the lead story is about how one party is turning The Affordable Care Act into a political toy, and before you are taken in by their message, please get the facts. This is your future that is in play.

I take this very personally because as a young family, Ed and I couldn’t afford health insurance. We were self employed, and our income was not enough to afford the huge monthly insurance bill, buying on the open market. And, with Ed treating high blood pressure, and me having been regularly treated for an undiagnosed cough, were had pre-existing conditions that made in impossible for us to get coverage anyway.

So we raised our kids without insurance, dodging a bullet everyday that went by without a serious illness. It affected everything we did. Ed no longer skied. Our kids’ activities were curtailed during flu season. We didn’t understand how much living without health insurance controlled our lives until we were freed from that burden as senior citizens on Medicare.

You are being bombarded by political messages to discourage you from signing up for Obamacare. Before you decide to cave to those messages, please get the facts. Obamacare has been successfully tested in Massachusetts for years as Romneycare. It also had a slow rollout. The big difference is that for Massachusetts, the opposing party, the Democrats, dropped their opposition and went to work to make the plan work for the people. Multiple fixes were needed and were handled quickly and efficiently as they came up.

This program isn’t perfect, but it is better than the system we have. As the Massachusetts model shows, it can be updated and changed as needed, with the commitment and dedication of both parties – we still need to work on that one.

But if you are uninsured, you shouldn’t wait. By signing up you help yourself. And by signing up you send a message to our seriously broken Congress that you want this to stop being a political football.

It may take some time to get through the signup process. Some – a very few of you – may have to pay more for your Affordable Care Act policy than you do for the high deductible catastrophic policy you now have. But if you look at the fine print, you’ll see that you also get more covered. Most of you will receive the peace of mind I raised my family without. You’ll be able to see a doctor when you need to. You’ll be able to get wellness checks you may be avoiding because of the cost. And if, god forbid, something happens, your illness won’t bankrupt your family.

If you depend on Fox News for your news and information, you are not getting the full story. if you depend on news sound bytes from any news agency, you may think that Obamacare is the worst thing since communism. It’s not. If you’re unsure, google the Massachusetts healthcare plan and get some facts.

Please don’t wait to get health insurance until you’re old enough to qualify for Medicare, like I did. It’s too much to risk, now that there is an alternative.

If this moves you to consider taking action please take a moment and let your own friends know. As I said, this shouldn’t be a political issue. Countering the political message must be done friend to friend, one person at a time. But it’s worth it.

Best,
Joanne

“Food, Glorious Food Biz”

CAMEO Hosts “Food, Glorious Food Biz” for microbusinesses

Small business owners or wannabes in the food industry can learn about business opportunities and trend at the Los Angeles Federal Reserve on December 3, 2013.

CAMEO hosts “Food, Glorious Food Biz” on December 3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Federal Reserve.

“California feeds the country and much is being done here to build and support the infrastructure of the food industry and enable small businesses,” said Heidi Pickman, CAMEO’s Communications Director. “New legislation being introduced by Assembly member Gatto, work on regional food hubs, capacity building for low income food entrepreneurs, new efficiency apps – they are some of the examples of the innovation and creativity being applied to create business opportunities in the food industry.”

The one-day symposium will bring together resources that will help small business owners in the food business, or those who are thinking about starting a business.

CAMEO announces our two keynotes: Liza Braude-Glidden, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips and Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s ‘Good Food’ and cookbook author, the most recent Cucina Fresca.

Participants will learn about food policy in Los Angeles and California that highlight business opportunities including street vending, corner store conversions, healthy food procurement, food hubs and cottage kitchens.

Several new, innovative tools to help business owners with financials, credit, loans and business planning will be demonstrated.
The event takes place on December 3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Federal Reserve, 950 S. Grand Avenue from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Learn more about the agenda of ‘Food, Glorious Food Biz.’

About CAMEO
CAMEO’s mission is to grow a healthy, vibrant, thriving environment for all entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by advancing the work of our statewide member network – the over 160 organizations, agencies and individuals dedicated to furthering the growth of micro-businesses in California. Last year, CAMEO member organizations assisted the creation of 21,000 businesses that created 38,000 jobs.

Read the original “Food, Glorious Food Biz” press release on PRWeb.

Liza Braude-Glidden bio

Women Entrepreneurs Symposium Lunch Keynote

Liza Braude-Glidden, MA is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beanfields, a family-owned, values-based, healthier snack company that is all about beans. Beanfields Bean and Rice Tortilla Chips are certified gluten free, Non-GMO verified, and vegan. Beanfields is a certified B Corp on a mission to combine award-winning taste, healthier ingredients, and social and environmental good.

Liza co-founded the company with her husband, Reed Glidden and his brother, Roy Glidden. Beanfields Chips are now available in select stores throughout the USA, Canada and Australia and online throughout the US. In spite of its fast growth, Beanfields is still a home-based company with a core team of six employees working out of Liza and Reed’s home in West Los Angeles.
Liza is a scholar and trustee at the Center for Integral Wisdom, a think tank for evolving a global ethic for a global civilization. She writes and teaches about aligning your practical daily life with your deepest sources of meaning and fulfillment. Her next article, Your Unique Entrepreneur will appear in the next issue of The Integral Leadership Review. Liza and her husband Reed love growing beans and other vegetables in their backyard garden. To contact Liza, email liza@beanfieldssnacks.com.

Taylor Giroux, Food Policy Panel

Taylor Giroux serves as a Legislative Aide to California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D—Los Angeles), working primarily on transportation, constitutional reform, elections and K-12 education. She began her career with Assemblyman Gatto as a fellow in the prestigious Capitol Fellows Program, a period during which the assisted Assemblyman Gatto in the passage of the California Homemade Food Act. Ms. Giroux previously worked in other government relations offices assisting in public policy development for clients. She has a natural feel for politics, thanks in part to growing up in a political family, and is active in professional and civic organizations including Capitol Network and the Capitol Fellows Alumni Association. A native of Sacramento, Ms. Giroux earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Francisco in Political Science.

Clare Fox, LA Food Policy Council

Clare Fox will be on the food policy panel of Food, Glorious Food Biz.

Clare Fox is the Strategic Initiatives Director for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC), an independent non-profit created by the City of Los Angeles. She collaborates closely with a large network of food advocates, government representatives and businesses to catalyze projects and build leadership capacity for a sustainable and equitable food system. Her policy advocacy focuses on urban agriculture, street food vending, and community economic development that creates equitable access to healthy food and promotes social justice. In this work, Clare runs business and leadership trainings and provides one-on-one consulting for neighborhood markets in low-income communities across the city who desire to sell more fresh and healthy food, and she project manages several corner store “conversion” projects. Previously, Clare worked with a wide range of community, environmental and labor organizations as a research, strategic planning and facilitation consultant, including projects for the UCLA Labor Center, the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Green for All. For several years, Clare produced and taught radio production to young people throughout Los Angeles and the U.S. for Youth Radio and National Public Radio. Clare has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in urban planning from UCLA. All her work is informed by over a decade participating in grassroots movements for social and racial justice.

Kiva Loans: Adult Care and Tattooing

Joy – PACE

Joy - PACEA loan of $5,000 helps Joy to pay for the rent for her dance school.

Joy started dancing at the age of three. When she was eight years old, she took a class at a studio with a friend and she absolutely loved it. The trial class was free, so the next weekend when she attended with her friend again, she gave the receptionist a paper bag full of change from her allowance, hoping it would be enough to pay for the class. She danced six days a week throughout her elementary, junior high and high school. With this passion, she has now opened her own dance studio to teach children and teens how to dance. This KIVA loan will help her to rent the space for the studio. (Read more…)

Posted 10/30/13

Ramon – Fresno CDFI

Kiva borrower Ramon works in his tattoo parlor, a Fresno-based microbusiness.A loan of $7,500 helps Ramon to open a tattoo and piercing shop.

Ramon has always been an artist at heart. At the age of 10, he was an aspiring artist drawing pictures of celebrities and cartoon characters. Ramon is looking for funding to open a tattoo and piercing shop and purchase the necessary equipment. With this funding, Ramon will create three new jobs, employing two new tattoo artists and a piercing professional. (Read more…)

Posted 11/4/13

Taneisha- Fresno CDFI

Taneisha hopes to open her own microbusiness with help from Fresno CDFI and Kiva, an adult care facility operating out of Fresno.A loan of $5,000 helps Taneisha to equip the adult care facility with the proper furniture needed to operate.

Taneisha, a single mother of three children, has always dreamed of owning her own adult care facility. For fourteen years, she has worked in adult care homes, in addition to caring for her disabled child and uncle. Now, she looks to open her own adult care facility and utilize her experience and education. Taneisha will create two jobs with this project, one manager position and one assistant manager position. (Read more…)

Posted 11/6/13

National Entrepreneurship Month

CAMEO celebrates National Entrepreneurs Month in November. CAMEO recognizes the importance of the entire spectrum of small businesses.

San Francisco, CA – CAMEO celebrates and recognizes the risk-taking and innovation of all entrepreneurs across the entire spectrum of small business for National Entrepreneurship Month. We want to especially recognize those who don’t get much media attention.

Kudos to Lydia Mendez who invested her $20,000 of savings from working in the fields and now owns her own taqueria in Watsonville, CA. We celebrate Jessica McGinty whose “right to remain curly” came after experimenting with hair products in her own kitchen and expanded into a company that sells nationwide. And cheers to Kevin Ho and Juan Miron who own MIHO Gastrotruck in San Diego and have tweeted themselves to ride the food truck crazy and employ over 17 people.

“When most people think of entrepreneurs, they think of Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs. They think of businesses like Twitter, Instagram and Task Rabbit,” says Claudia Viek, CEO of CAMEO. “When I think of entrepreneurs, I think of local small business people who took the risk to run their own business and take control of their families’ financial situation and have become the foundations of their neighborhoods.”

According to the Association of Enterprise Opportunity micro-businesses are 88% of all businesses, generate $2.4 trillion in receipts, account for 17% of GDP and employ more than 31 million people.
“Although, most of the resources and attention go to high-tech firms looking to be the next big thing. Annually, venture capitalists invest between $20-30 billion into more than 3,000 companies*.,” says Claudia Viek, C.E.O. of CAMEO. “With a small fraction of the money, micro enterprise development organizations served over 200,000 businesses with entrepreneurial training (think mini-MBA) and microloans (loans under $50,000).”

According to Association for Enterprise Opportunity micro-businesses are 88% of all businesses, generate $2.4 trillion in receipts, account for 17% of GDP and employ more than 31 million people.

With less than three percent of the money, micro-businesses employ more people than venture capital firms and generate about 2/3 of the GDP.

About CAMEO
CAMEO’s mission is to grow a healthy, vibrant, thriving environment for all entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by advancing the work of our statewide member network – the over 160 organizations, agencies and individuals dedicated to furthering the growth of micro-businesses in California. Last year, CAMEO member organizations assisted the creation of 21,000 businesses that created 38,000 jobs.

Small Business Program for Veterans Day

San Francisco – CA The Small Business Administration found that veterans are 67% more likely to be self-employed compared to civilians in a March 2011 study “Factors Affecting Entrepreneurship among Veterans.” With the passage of the American Jobs Act and government procurement set asides for women and disabled veterans, veterans who want to be entrepreneurs can continue to serve their country by building new small businesses.

CAMEO announces a ‘be your own boss’ program for veterans. CAMEO expanded programming to meet the growing needs of California’s veteran population by hiring Elizabeth Perez as the Veteran Outreach Consultant. She is ramping up the veterans program, driving outreach efforts and facilitating referral relationships between traditional veteran serving organizations and CAMEO member organizations that specifically serve veterans.

CAMEO would also like to congratulate Ms. Perez as she was honored recently by The White House as a Champion of Change.
“CAMEO is very fortunate to have someone like Elizabeth on our team,” said Claudia Viek, C.E.O. of CAMEO. “She is dedicated to helping veterans start their own businesses.”

In 2010 CAMEO pioneered a pilot project in which members served disabled veterans with business assistance programs ranging from farming to procurement in their own communities. This intensive community-based referral program was the first of its kind in California and has the potential to become a national model. The ‘be your own boss’ program will expand on the pilot project.
“A lot of groups offer programs for veterans,” said Ms. Viek. “What’s really important is that they are served in their own communities. Our community-based approach ensures ongoing business support even after the class is finished.”

About CAMEO
CAMEO’s mission is to grow a healthy, vibrant, thriving environment for all entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by advancing the work of our statewide member network – the over 160 organizations, agencies and individuals dedicated to furthering the growth of micro-businesses in California. Annually CAMEO member organizations assist the 21,000 businesses that support 37,000 jobs.

Kiva Loans: Dance School

Joy – PACE

Joy - PACEA loan of $5,000 helps Joy to pay for the rent for her dance school.

Joy started dancing at the age of three. When she was eight years old, she took a class at a studio with a friend and she absolutely loved it. The trial class was free, so the next weekend when she attended with her friend again, she gave the receptionist a paper bag full of change from her allowance, hoping it would be enough to pay for the class. She danced six days a week throughout her elementary, junior high and high school. With this passion, she has now opened her own dance studio to teach children and teens how to dance. This KIVA loan will help her to rent the space for the studio. (Read more…)

Posted 10/30/13