CAMEO 2012 California Legislative Priorities for Micro-business
On Friday, January 18, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) introduced AB 152 Unemployment: Self-Employment Assistance Program, a bill that will allow the unemployed to keep their benefits while starting their own business. Read more. The first step is to get it out of the Assembly. We need you to write letters to your assembly members.
- Find out which California assembly member represents your district (if you don’t know already.)
- Download CAMEO’s SEA Fact Sheet
- Download the SEA Letter of Support for Assemblymembers.
- Edit the document by editing the highlighted parts, add any information you’d like them to have, try to keep it to one page.
- Copy onto on your letterhead.
- Fax and email the letter and fact sheet to your assembly member with a cc: to CAMEO (and email copy is fine for CAMEO).
AB 285 (Brown) will integrate entrepreneurial training into local Workforce Investment Boards. This is a step toward having local WIBs contract with their local entrepreneurship training program, i.e. CAMEO members. If this bill passes, we would expect more Workforce resources coming your way. Send your letter of support for AB 285 to Assemblymember Brown (fax: 916-319-2147). Don’t forget to cc: CAMEO with an email copy.
Other California Legislative Priorities for Micro-business
- Maintain and reinforce legislative support for programs and services that impact micro-business development organizations, self-employment programs under the California Economic Development Department and within the Workforce system.
- Facilitate partnerships with the California Senate Office of Research to collect information necessary to demonstrate the impact of micro-business development on the California economy.
- Facilitate relationships with state agencies and departments such as California Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure that CDBG funding is administered so that it serves the needs of the micro-business development field and that Micro Enterprise is recognized as an integral part of local economic development in California.
California Legislative Resources
Read an overview of the California legislative process.
Find out which state agencies fund micro-business development.
CFED released a report – With a Stroke of a Pen: Two Dozen Low-cost, Politically Viable State Policy Ideas to Increase Financial Security and Opportunity in Tough Fiscal Times, which presents 24 low-cost, politically-viable policy ideas to increase financial security and opportunity in fiscal times. Supporting Micro-business development is one of those ideas.