Chief Executive Officer
cmartinez (at) microbiz (dot) org
Carolina Martinez has considerable experience leading non-profit organizations and multicultural teams in North and South America. She has coached many entrepreneurs in the development and execution of their business plans. In Colombia, she worked with vulnerable communities to identify business opportunities and develop strategic and marketing plans. In 2011, she joined Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADCB) in Pennsylvania, where she taught 18-week classes for pre-ventures and startups. In 2012, she became the director of the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center’s Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC). She returned to CADCB in 2015 as the Director to support the economic development of South Bethlehem and coordinate its 6-year revitalization plan. In 2016 Carolina opened her own business, The Puentes Group, a consulting firm focused on providing small businesses with marketing and business strategies and accounting services to manage their growth. She served on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, the Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce board , and the Kutztown University Foundation board.
hpickman (at) microbiz (dot) org
Heidi Pickman joined CAMEO in 2011 to develop and manage CAMEO’s communication and advocacy activities and had increasingly taken on more responsibility. She continues to lead the communications and advocacy strategies, while adding programming and membership engagement to her portfolio. Before joining CAMEO, she directed earned media activities for two California ballot initiatives and campaigned successfully to include clean energy provisions in the economic stimulus package of 2009. In her former career as a radio journalist, she produced national public radio programs including Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a C. Phil. in Economics from UCLA. She loves anything to do with Spain and dabbles in the fire arts.
aseko (at) microbiz (dot) org
Andrew Seko brings over five years of nonprofit program coordination experience to CAMEO. Prior to joining CAMEO, he managed the office of an agency providing information, advocacy and support for people and families with developmental disabilities, and served as Board Secretary to a poetry organization based in Bellingham, Washington. He has coordinated a GED program for high school aged students in rural Washington, helping connect young adults to job development organizations, colleges, and training opportunities throughout the state. He has a B.A. in Mathematics from Grinnell College.
CAMEO Microlending and Rural Consultant
susan (at) susanrileybrown (dot) com
Susan Brown is a Business & Community Development Specialist with a specific focus on Business Finance and Rural Microenterprise. Initially engaged to implement our Rural Initiative in 2008, Susan is now managing our LiftFund MMS program, the Carrot Fund, Microlending Essentials and the Loan Policy Manual project. Through her consulting service Susan provides strategic planning, facilitation, and program development services to non-profit organizations and government agencies as well as consulting services to small business owners.
Communications & Policy
hpickman (at) microbiz (dot) org
Heidi Pickman joined CAMEO in 2011 to develop and manage CAMEO’s communication and advocacy activities. Before joining CAMEO, she directed earned media activities for two California ballot initiatives and campaigned successfully to include clean energy provisions in the economic stimulus package of 2009. In her former career as a radio journalist, she produced national public radio programs including Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a C. Phil. in Economics from UCLA. She loves anything to do with Spain and dabbles in the fire arts.
woven (at) guidedbusinessplan (dot) com
Melanie Rae’s mission is to inspire disadvantaged heads of households to seek economic independence through entrepreneurship. She developed the GUIDED Business Plan™ entrepreneur education platform to provide “instructions to build a better business.” Her award-winning books and classroom training materials have become the cornerstone of some of the largest business development centers in the U.S. In reverence to her grandfather, uncle and cousin who were honored for their decades of military service, she is cultivating communities of military-connected entrepreneurs. She leads CAMEO’s WOVEN program that includes WOVEN Meetups for Military Women Entrepreneurs, WOVEN Connect, WOVEN Instant Income workshop and WOVEN Online Q&A for Start-Ups (wovenmeetup.com). Her GUIDED Business Plan™ | Military CEO book provides new business owners with practical steps to quickly write a business plan that will impress stakeholders. Melanie has taught more than 1,100 business development and software classes to adults. She lives in a beach community in Los Angeles.
Madison Services Group, Inc.
Ann Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI), a woman-owned company that provides government relations and business development services to corporate and non-profit clients. She brings many years of government relations experience in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, serving in key advisory roles. Ms. Sullivan works with the United States Congress, Executive Office, and government agencies to garner national attention for clients’ issues. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small businesses. MSGI specializes in outreach to the small business community with an emphasis on women-owned and minority businesses.