Resources for Micro-Businesses

Although CAMEO doesn’t help entrepreneurs directly, we are the hub of business start-up services in California and can point you in the right direction.

Are you thinking about starting your own business?
Are you in business but want to learn how to expand your market opportunities?
Are you looking for a loan so that you can hire a new employee or buy equipment?

Although CAMEO doesn’t help entrepreneurs directly, we are the hub of business start-up services in California and can point you in the right direction.

Find a Microloan

Community organizations and lenders offer microloans to start-up and expanding very small businesses whose owners do not qualify for traditional bank financing. The loans, generally under $50,000, are used for either working capital or investment in fixed assets.

Find a microloan in California.
Learn more about microlending.

Find Business Training Opportunities

CAMEO members offer entrepreneurship training (workshops and classes), one-on-one business counseling.

If you live in California, you can find service provider in your area by going to the CAMEO member map.

You can also find help at one of California’s Small Business Development Centers. They provide small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate.

If you live in other parts of the United States, find a service provider at our national sister organization’s webiste AEOworks.org.

Micro-Business Resources:

Small Business Administration’s Small Business Online Learning Center.

The IRS’s Sharing Economy Tax Center: If you use one of the many online platforms available to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides, or to connect and provide a number of other goods or services, you’re involved in what is sometimes called the sharing economy.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently launched a resource center for small business owners. The site contains information on owners’ responsibilities under federal employment discrimination laws and responses to frequently asked questions. It also provides information on hiring decisions, training, and other workplace issues.

The SBA launches certify.sba.gov to assist small firms doing business with federal government; streamline applications and eliminate documentation obstacles. This new website starts with a focus on closing market gaps for women entrepreneurs in the federal marketplace by featuring the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.

The Irvine Micropreneur Program hosts a free webinar every Thursday from 12:00-1:00p.m. on business topics of interest to small business. Find out more!

Northcoast SBDC has a great blog called Small Business News

Small Business Majority is a great organization and is a great resource for your clients on small business advocacy. They host free webinars on topics like healthcare.

Online Resources

Quickbooks has a Small Business Center.

TheSelfEmployed.com – Our online center with videos, articles and other tips for entrepreneurs, written and curated by Steve Strauss, senior small business columnist at USA TODAY and author of 15 books, including The Small Business Bible.

Google is helping small business with free websites.

99 Designs, the online design and branding website, has free small business resources.

Square has tons of information on its blog (www.squareup.com/townsquare) about just about every issue a small business grapples with.

Taxes

The Treasury issued new home office deductions rules.

The Small Business Majority has compiled the federal tax deductions and other clean energy incentives for small businesses.

Healthcare

The Affordable Care Act or ACA enacted comprehensive health insurance reforms designed to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Check out the provisions for businesses with fewer than 25 employees and the self-employed.

The California Health Coverage Guide is an online resource available in English and Spanish that provides California small business owners with objective, step-by-step information on how to navigate the healthcare market.

Covered California SHOP is fully functional and open for business. Learn more about Covered California. Learn more about how the health law impacts your business.

Thanks to Small Business Majority for healthcare resources. Small business owners and the self-employed need to know how the Affordable Care Act will bring down costs, create a greater choice of insurance options, and the opportunities it offers to expand coverage.

Tools

Both the state of California and the U.S. government have opened small business portals.

The LA Business Portal provides you with all of the information you need to plan, start, manage, and grow your business. Try our Start Up Guide to quickly map out how to register your new business and be compliant. Explore a rich library of content and resources to help you manage and grow your business.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released The Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition. It’s a tool that allows small business owners a way to easily navigate to and use key demographic and economic data to help guide their research into opening a new or expanding their existing business. These key data includes the most recent and/or relevant data that Census provides that are useful to small business owners.

Disability.gov has a bunch of resources for the disabled who want to be their own boss.