Must Know from CAMEO

weekly compendium of
what you need-to-know about
the micro-business field

  • Women Business Owners Take Center Stage July 24, 2014: Women business owners at Senate earing, Pamela Patterson in Huff Post on rural investment, Liz Perez to keynote CalVet conference, MEDA starts a lending program
  • Get Paid on Time July 17, 2014: Get Paid on Time with SupplierPay, EBALC in Oakland joins CAMEO
  • Ms CAMEO goes to DC July 10, 2014: Claudia is in DC – good meetings with SBA and helped introduce AEO’s Micro Capital Task Force
  • Dealing w/ Disruption Working Group July 3, 2014: Shop indie for Independence day and join the Dealing w/ Disruption Working Group
  • SBA Approps; Learn and Participate with Us June 26, 2014: Progress in DC with SBA Appropriations; Join a CAMEO Committee and enhance your professional development
  • Here’s to Another 20 Years; Help Us Help You June 19, 2014: 20th Anniversary recap and measure your impacts with microTracker
  • It’s A New Day at the SBA June 12, 2014: New programs at the SBA and celebrate 20 years of microbusiness
  • Igniting Micro; Start a Microlending Program June 5, 2014: Ignite Micro at the 20th Anniversary; Start A Microlending Program The Smart Way; Healthcare and Entrepreneurship
  • Celebrate 20 Years of Micro! May 29, 2014: Celebrate 20 years of microbusiness and creating wealth in California’s communities
  • Faces of Entrepreneurship Award Winners! May 22, 2014: Faces of Entrepreneurship Award Winners, Micro Goes To Market, Effect of ACA
  • Increase SmallBiz Lending with Referral Fees May 15, 2014: Small Biz Lending and Referral Fees, Micro Goes To Market, 20th Anniversary Celebration of Microbusiness
  • Happy Small Biz Week; CAMEO Events May 8, 2014: Happy Small Business Week, Small Biz Lending and Referral Fees, Micro Goes To Market, 20th Anniversary Celebration of Microbusiness
  • CAMEO Goes to Nawlins for AEO May 1, 2014: CAMEO in New Orleans, 20th Anniversary of California microbusiness, Go To Market for food businesses
  • Micro Goes to Market in Watsonville – April 25, 2014: Micro Goes To Market, A Specialty Foods Conference in Watsonville and Celebrate 20 years of Microbusiness
  • What’s Up for Micro in Sacramento – April 17, 2014: What’s Up for Micro in Sacramento and 20th Anniversary
  • Faces Entrepreneurship Nominations Open – April 11, 2014: Faces of Entrepreneurship Award Nominations Open, Annual Microbusiness Survey
  • Micro Impacts: Survey, Webinar – April 4, 2014: Micro Impacts: Annual Survey, A Webinar and MicroLending Academy Peer Learning Call
  • Do-It-Yourself Gets Ink & Spring Flings – March 28, 2014: Do-It-Yourself Economy paper published and spring microbusiness calendar.
  • CAMEO Goes to NOLA and Matched Savings – March 20, 2014: AEO Microbusiness conference in New Orleans and Matched Savings for Entrepreneurs, a webinar
  • New Orleans, New Players and Savings – March 13, 2014: Microbusiness conference in New Orleans, Funding Circle and matched savings for entrepreneurs
  • SBA: Good and Bad News – March 6, 2014: SBA: Good and Bad News; Funding Circle webinar; microbusiness in the news
  • MMS Participants Make More Loans – February 28, 2014: MMS Participants Make More Loans and Women’s Initiative Report “Investing Locally: The Economic Impact of Microenterprise on the Community”
  • MK – Veteran Entrepreneur Program Update – February 21, 2014: Veteran Entrepreneur Program Update and ‘meet Smartbiz webinar’
  • SBA Nominee Gives Us A Shout Out! – February 13, 2013: Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA nominee, gives us a shout out! and webinar to introduce new potential microlending partner, SmallBiz
  • State of Micro, 2012 Microtracker Results – February 7, 2014: State of Micro, 2012 Microtracker Results and Claudia on Sabbatical
  • SOTU and Why You Need CAMEO! – January 30, 2014: SOTU and why you need your CAMEO membership; member kudos and lots of conferences
  • Celebrate 20 Years of CAMEO on June 17 – January 23, 2014: Celebrate 20 Years of Microbusiness on June 17, and organizational technical assistance
  • MicroLenders Forum Recap, Fed Budget! – January 17, 2014 MicroLenders Forum Recap, Fed Budget for Microbiz and lots of goodies!
  • New Year, New Members, New Budget – January 8, 2014: New members and renew/join CAMEO, FY2014-2015 budget
  • Happy Holidays December 19, 2013: Happy Holidays, Shop Local, Shop Small, Microlending Forum
  • Federal FY2014-2015 Budget Update December 12, 2013: Federal FY2014-2015 Budget Update and Shop Local efforts!
  • Food Glorious Food Biz Recap (MK) December 5, 2013: Food Glorious Food Biz Recap and Shop Local Guide
  • Thanks for Small Businesses! Shop Local November 26: Thanks for Small and MicroBusinesses! Shop Local – and have a great Thanksgiving!
  • Save Money Webinar / Radio Star Stacey November 21, 2013: Grab Bag Webinar: mobile hotspots, small business wishlists, and affordable outdoor ads, plus microbusiness is the backbone of the economy on KPCC’s Crawford Forum
  • Proof: Micro-business Means Big Biz November 14, 2013: Proof that Micro-business is Big Business and Backbone of Economy and Webinar on mobile hotspots, outdoor advertising and business wishlists
  • Go Local For the Holiday! November 7, 2013: Go Local for the Holidays, Shift Your Shopping and Grab Bag webinar – outdoor ads, wishlists for clients and mobile hotspots
  • Symposium Pre-Reg and State Bills October 25, 2013: Pre-register for our Womens Symposium (Food Glorious Food Biz); State bills related to micro-business
  • Women Symposium Pre-Registration October 17, 2013: Government is open and so is pre-registration for Food, Glorious Food Biz, our women’s symposium. Also take note of a couple of exciting fellowships.
  • DIY Economies = Economic Growth October 10, 2013: More evidence in favor of our Do-It-Yourself Economies approach to local economic development.; marketing opportunity and success stories.
  • Federal Ups and Downs; Awards Won! October 10, 2013: Federal Small Biz Happenings – Obamacare and Shutdown; and Claudia wins two awards for her leadership in supporting micro-businesses and the self-employed.
  • Microlending, MMS and CDFI Awards September 26, 2013: Microlending, MMS (technology to streamline underwriting) and CDFI Awards
  • Independent Workers Go Mainstream September 19, 2013: Independent workers go mainstream and are expected to grow to 24 million by 2018. And lots of micro-business news.
  • Power of Micro, Scholarship September 12, 2013: Attend the webinar: ‘Self-Employment: A Labor Market Reality’ and apply for scholarship for WIPP conference
  • Letters to Gov Brown & SE Data Webinar September 5, 2013: Letters to Gov Brown to Support AB 285 and Self-Employment/micro-biz Data Webinar
  • Take Action on AB 285 August 29, 2013: Take Action on AB 285, Integrate Self-Employment into Workforce System; Micro-biz creates all the jobs.
  • Micro Really Is THE Job Creator August 22, 2013: Micro Really Is THE Job Creator, creating 5.5 million jobs from 2004-2010; Understanding Healthcare Webinar recap
  • Veteran Program Ramp Up August 15, 2013: Veteran Program Ramp Up and Understanding Obamacare Webinar
  • Healthcare for Micro-businesses! August 8, 2013: California Healthcare Exchange, SHOP, announces carriers and rates and webinar free for members to understand Healthcare.
  • Congressional Summer Visits August 1, 2013: Summer’s a great time to visit your Congressional delegation, Congrats to El Pajaro who opened a kitchen incubator
  • Independent Workers July 25, 2013: Independent Workers, Voice of Micro-Business and lots of goodies.
  • Good Budget News, Yes Really July 19, 2013: House SBA Budget for FY2014 funds PRIME! and learn about the ‘Independent Worker’ phenomena, what is it, who’s doing it, do they like it
  • CAMEO in the NYT and Washington Vote for Claudia for the Small Business Influencer Award – and vote everyday! (She doesn’t know I nominated her. Let’s vote her in and suprise her when she wins ;) Media: LTE Published and Opportunity Ms. CAMEO Goes to DC, Part I The Goodies – This week’s highlight includes a study by our friends at CFED. ...
  • Support Indie Biz Happy 4th! Support Independent Biz CAMEO Opportunities – Survey and Communications The Goodies – This week’s highlight includes a BALLE Community Capital Webinar: Capital, Coaching, & Connection presented by none other than Claudia Viek on Tuesday July 9, 2013 at 10:00am PT. Support Independent Biz This Fourth of July, I’m highlighting some data for you to reference on the ...
  • New Federal Micro Bill! June 27, 2013: Federal Micro Bill – Community Lending and Small Business Jobs Act of 2013, CAMEO Opportunities – Survey and Communications
  • Self-Employment Bill Dead (For Now) June 20, 2013: Self-Employment Bill Dead (For Now), Happy Small Business Week and CAMEO has a job opening
  • Claudia Honored By SBA, Annual Meeting Recap June 13, 2013: Congrats to Claudia, Champion for Women-Owned Businesses, Annual Meeting Recap and RBOG Grants available.
  • Goodies Only June 5, 2013: Goodies Only – Check out Susan Brown’s Profit Webinar
  • A Week Until Our Annual Member Meeting May 30, 2013: Sign up for our annual member meeting – exceptional research on self-employment that will help make the case to funders that your program is where it’s at.
  • CAMEO’s Summer Plans Start in June May 23, 2013: Come have fun, learn about industry trends and advocate for micro-business at our annual meeting.
  • CAMEO in St. Louis May 17, 2013: CAMEO promotes self-employment integration into the Workforce System and women’s entrepreneurship
  • Reminders: Sign Up and Survey Lunch May 9, 2013: Deadline for free lunch and annual meeting details.
  • CAMEO Is Working for You! April 26, 2013: CAMEO Entrepreneurship Awards, Survey, Rural Grants
  • From California to St. Louis April 18, 2013: CAMEO at the AEO Micro-business national conference, who will you nominate for CAMEO’s 3rd Faces of Entrepreneurship Awards, Annual Survey
  • FY 2014 Budget, CAMEO Awards! April 12, 2013: FY 2014 Budget effect on micro-business and microfinance sector, CAMEO Faces of Entrepreneurship Awards, new grants
  • CAMEO Launches Collaboration w/Kiva April 5, 2013: -CAMEO Launches Collaboration w/Kiva to increase microlending to small businesses in CA, Join the Cameo-Kiva lending team and register for AEO conference
  • Busy Spring! Bills, Conferences, Kiva March 28, 2013: CAMEO-Kiva statewide collaboration which will build the foundation of the new economy, two bills to support self-employment in the workforce system, AEO Conference and save-the-date for CAMEO’s Annual Meeting
  • AB 152 Passes First Hurdle! March 22, 2013: Systems Change Efforts for Workforce (integrating entrepreneurship into workforce) and ‘Do you talk to your clients?’
  • Spirit of the Times, Zeitgeist and Micro March 14, 2013: Transforming the zeitgeist for our members and your clients, pass AB 152, AEO early bird deadline is March 31, 2013.
  • Progress on AB152! and Sequestration March 8, 2013: AB152 Hearing is March 20 – Help unemployed start their own business; what sequestration means for small business and micro-business development organizations.
  • AEO Conference, $$ Awards, AB152 February 28, 2013: AEO Conference and $$ Awards for Entrepreneurship; Support AB152 – help unemployed start their own business
  • Support AB152, Help Unemployed Start A Biz February 21, 2013: Support AB 152 – Self Employment Assistance Program, help unemployed start their own business
  • We Love You! And Serious Stuff February 14, 2013: State of the Union response, SBA leadership change Federal FY2013, FY2014 budget, Member Spotlights with new members
  • Advocacy: Support Self-employment February 7, 2013: It’s time to send letters to your assembly members to support the SEA program; AEO conference and awards
  • Microlending and Data Collection January 31, 2013: Microlending Forum highlights importance of data collection; federal resources for small businesses
  • We Have A Bill + Photo Contest Winner January 24, 2013: Asm. Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) introduced AB 152, the Self-Employment Assistance Program and our Facebook page has a new cover photo
  • Connect With CAMEO and Photo Contest January 18, 2013: Connect with CAMEO online – YouTube, Scoop.it, Twitter and Facebook and lots of goodies
  • 2013 Advocacy, Photo Contest January 10, 2013: 2013 Advocacy priorities for micro-business and Facebook Cover Photo Contest, CDFI stuff
  • Happy 2013 – Our Calendar January 3, 2013: Calendar for supporting California’s micro business sector, member kudos ($30 million grant)
  • Happy Holidays! Gift from SBA and DOL December 20, 2012: Happy Holidays! SBA and DOL Self-employment assistance program
  • Organizational Coaching (Free!) December 13, 2012: We offer a limited amount of organizational coaching for members and holiday shopping
  • Micro Biz Beats Big Biz – Must Read December 6, 2012: Sunday’s (Dec 2) front page NYT story, “As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price,” vindicates our position that cities should invest in locally owned businesses. And check out all the CAMEO members (including CAMEO) in the news these days.
  • CAMEO Works for You and Holiday Shopping November 29, 2012: CAMEO Works for You and Shop Micro and Local for the Holidays
  • Thanksgiving – A Moment to Remember November 21, 2012: Remembering David Blicker, the executive director of Opening Doors.
  • Small Business Saturday November 15, 2012: Small Business Saturday! Buy Small Buy Local
  • Think Big! Women Entrepreneurs! November 9, 2012: Women Entrepreneur Symposium, Intro to Financials and Elections
  • Reach and Serve Women Veterans November 1, 2012: Reach and Serve Women Veterans – at CAMEO’s Women’s Symposium Nov 7th; the afternoon is a must attend for anyone supporting food businesses and their clients
  • Two Weeks Til CAMEO Hits Hollywood October 25, 2012: Women Entrepreneur Symposium, Intro to Financials, Help Unemployed Start Biz Petition, Farm Bill
  • Must Go – Must Do – Help CAMEO Help You October 19, 2012: Women Entrepreneur Symposium, Intro to Financials, Help Unemployed Start Biz Petition
  • Must Go! Important Events For Fall October 12, 2012: Events: Women Entrepreneurs of Color Symposium, Introductory Financial Workshop for Business Counselors, Be Your Own Boss Petition, lots of good news about the small and micro-business climate.
  • Free Beer and National Women’s Business Month October 4, 2012: Find good stats on and resources for women small and micro-business owners, info on our hot event in Los Angeles and more.
  • Need Your Help! and November in LA September 27, 2012: Self-employment Assistance Update – Sign the petition and CAMEO hosts two micro-business events in Los Angeles.
  • FY2013 Federal Budget and Shadefund September 20, 2012: the FY2013 Federal Budget should be same as FY2012 for now (under Continuing Resolution) and ShadeFund, a new capital source for natural resource based small and micro-businesses
  • Capital Access:CalFORS report, New Source September 13, 2012: Capital access in California, report and guidebook by CalFORS; a new source of capital for natural resource based businesses and lots of webinars.
  • Self-Employment and New Capital September 6, 2012: Self-employment campaign – bring SEA to CA, new report, new capital for natural resource based businesses
  • Help Unemployed BYOB-Be Your Own Boss August 30, 2012: CAMEO is launching the Help Unemployed BYOB – Be Your Own Boss campaign to raise awareness about the importance of helping the unemployed create their own job and to show support for a SEA Program in California.
  • Summer Activities: microlending, vets, women August 23, 2012: progress on microlending innovations, annual survey closing, programs for vets and women vets
  • Survey Deadline and Free Rent August 16, 2012: Fill. Out. Annual. Survey. Now. Listen to webinar on free rent for your clients.
  • COIN Tax Credits and Free Rent Webinar August 9, 2012: COIN Tax credits area available for investments in CDFIs that serve low income populations; KIMCO offers business incubation and free rent for a year – attend the webinar to learn more.
  • Annual Survey, Kimco Webinar August 2, 2012: Annual Survey, CVBI fills it out and has breakfast on CAMEO; KIMCO webinar – business incubation and free rent.
  • Summer Recess July 26, 2012: Resources, talking points/messaging and how-tos on visiting your legislators
  • Must Know – M-n-M’s July 19, 2012: microTracker, microlending and media, the good, bad of PRIME
  • New, New and New July 12, 2012: New Contacts at B of A, New Mission Statement, New Staff
  • Corporate Interest in Small Biz June 28, 2012: Lots of corporations are investing in small business – paradise or paradox? Credit and healthcare webinars (yay SCOTUS!)
  • FY2013 Budget Update June 22, 2012: FY2013 Budget Update, Webinar -Credit Crunch: Small Business Lending, and lots of goodies including training discounts, members in the news and grants for your clients.
  • Annual Meeting Recap and More June 14, 2012: Annual Meeting recap, videos, photos and resources; help Goodwill OC client make Shark Tank and lots of new goodies
  • Extra, Extra Read All About Micro May 31, 2012: Our annual meeting and a bunch of CAMEO postings all over the web.
  • All About Self-Employment May 24, 2012: Two exciting developments for self-employment, Capps bill on self-employment performance bill introduced and DOL issues guidelines for states to get federal money for self-employment.
  • Happy Small Business Week May 17, 2012: CAMEO co-sponsors a Small Business Majority call with White House representatives, California small business news and grants
  • Power of One and AEO Recap May 11, 2012: Power of One, AEO Recap including notes and data and the info to write your legislators about PRIME.
  • PRIME Update April 27, 2012: PRIME FY2012 Update; Engage with CAMEO on FB, LinkedIn, Twitter; Jobs, jobs jobs.
  • FY2013 Appropriations Long Haul April 19, 2012: Write letters to the Appropriations Committee, Yay ACCION San Diego and WEV, jobs, jobs, jobs.
  • It’s Official, Micro is a Labor Trend April 12, 2012: Businesses are getting smaller (we knew that) and CAMEO has a new Program Coordinator.
  • Taxes and MicroTracker April 5, 2012: CA-SETI program, Judy Chu’s Bill, Congresspeople speak out for Micro and measure your data!
  • Crowdfunding and MicroTracker March 29, 2012: Legislative win, good data collection and micro conferences galore.
  • Appropriations Battle – Part II March 23, 2012: Write your Appropriations Letters by April 4, Register for AEO, CAMEO’s Annual meeting and the San Diego Microfinance Summit
  • Approps Battle Begins March 14, 2012: Write your federal representatives and senators for support of micro, prize money and job announcements.
  • Prize Money and Awards! March 8, 2012: Awards and conferences and conferences and awards! Real money and recognition!!
  • New Funds for California? March 2, 2012: Federal Funds for State Self-Employment Assistance Program and Micro Conference Time
  • Ms. CAMEO Goes To Washington February 23, 2012: Claudia at the Fed, Conferences, Conferences
  • Unlucky Number 13 February 16, 2012: Claudia at the Federal Reserve, President Obama’s FY2013 budget (meh), AEO Conference sign-ups open, Writing Webinar
  • Valentines Day-Love from WaPo, FedRes February 9, 2012: Claudia’s column in the WaPo, Micro is bigger than VC, Claudia goes to the Fed, Writing Webinar
  • Year in Micro, Three More Bills February 3, 2012: Three more bills (that’s all for now), cool ideas for your clients and CEO Women’s curriculum and other assets.
  • Year of the Micro: Davos, 11 Bills and SOU January 27, 2012: Davos touts micro-entrepreneurship, easing credit lending restrictions on credit unions, our response to the 2012 State of the Union, and CEO Women’s assets
  • Membership, Financial Training, Goodies (lots) January 20, 2012: Join CAMEO!!!
  • Year of Micro – Priorities January 13, 2012: SBA becomes Cabinet level and three federal policy priorities for CAMEO
  • Happy New Year! Ready for a Full Plate? January 5, 2012: Nine micro-related bills, Community Advantage changes and Building the Pipeline Training
  • Happy Holidays! A ‘gift’ from Congress December 16, 2011: We saved PRIME! Building the Microloan Pipeline and Part II of Micro on TV
  • Amazon Attacks Small Local Biz December 9, 2011: Eclectic Mix – Amazon, CDBG Funding Changes and Rural Stories, Building the Microloan Pipeline – a workshop, Micro on TV
  • Influence! December 5, 2011: Speaker Pelosi mentions technical assistance, MicroTracker PRIME project (free!)
  • Buy Local, Buy Small November 22, 2011: Give thanks for Small Business like Jessicurl and lots of free goodies.
  • Youth Zeitgeist and Us November 17, 2011: The kids want to be boss and Small Biz Saturday.
  • Viva! November 10, 2011: Women Entrepreneurs – A Women of Color Symposium and support your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2011
  • Microlending Summit Success November 4, 2011: State of Microlending and Growing the Field; and Small Business Saturday
  • Rural, Books and Banks October 28, 2011: Rural resources in play, former CAMEO C.E.O.’s new book and CDC is friendly!
  • More Friends for Micro October 21, 2011: More Friends for Micro, Press Releases from A to Z – free webinar
  • Week of Opportunity October 13, 2011: Take Advantage of Community Advantage, Apply for COIN, Press Releases webinar and more!
  • COIN, CalCAP and More for CA October 6, 2011: Governor Brown signs bills good for micro and Congressman introduces a micro bill in the House.
  • FY 2012 Federal Micro Funding September 22, 2011: FY2012 Federal Funding for Micro – SBA, Workforce Innovation Funds and bank loans
  • September in Sacramento September 16, 2011: CAMEO increases support in Sacramento for self-employment as job creation, CAMEO supports three California bills on Governor Brown’s desk and WE WANT YOUr content!
  • Jobs. Period. September 09, 2011: CAMEO’s push for self-employment as job creation makes it into President Obama’s jobs plan and The San Diego Union Tribune op-ed.
  • Productive Regional Collaboration August 26, 2011: Collaborations between northern and Sacramento members bears fruit.
  • Heating Up in Sacramento August 18, 2011: Heating up the potential in Sacramento
  • Collaborations and Kudos August 11, 2011: Central Coast Regional Meeting and Member Kudos
  • Survey and Stories August 4, 2011: CAMEO’s Annual Survey Contest Deadline; SacBee Op-ed and Micro Stories
  • Summer Recess July 21, 1011: District Meetings – Building relationships with your legislators
  • Speaking Out July 14, 2011: Testifying, CAMEO Annual Survey, Vote for CAMEO
  • Happy Fourth July 1, 2011: Photos from The CAMEO Annual Member Meeting
  • Free CAMEO Coaching for You and Your Org July 29, 1011

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