Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Webinars

Last year, CAMEO and nearly 100 other organizations mobilized thousands of people in support of the Homemade Food Operations Act (AB 626), which legalizes home restaurants and passed unanimously in September. It is the first law of its kind in the nation, and a great victory for home cooks – mostly women, immigrants, and people

Local Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Rural economies are particularly dependent on small business development and they need a supportive environment. Rural areas need to support their indigenous entrepreneurial resources with what these small businesses really need  –  a strong local entrepreneurial ecosystem with business training and management skills, small amounts of capital, access to markets, an environment in which to

Independent Entrepreneurs: Policy Myths, Realities, and Success

July has been a month all about independent entrepreneurs – with a bill that is getting lots of media attention and two CAMEO activities promoting success for independents. Policy AB 5 (Gonzalez) is a bill working its way through the California legislature that will re-define how employees and independent contractors are defined. AB 5 reinforces

What do Women Entrepreneurs Need to Grow?

Invest in Women Entrepreneurs Initiative (I-WE) publishes first study on what women business owners actually need to grow. By Claudia Viek, Founder/Catalyst, Invest in Women Entrepreneurs Initiative and former CEO of CAMEO Women-owned businesses with revenues between $250,000 and $5 million struggle to find the loans they need to grow their businesses – that’s according to

2019 Prosperity Now Scorecard Shows Business Value Gap Is Real

Prosperity Now has released the local-level data for their 2019 Scorecard, a comprehensive tool that shows the financial well-being of households in the U.S., measured across five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income; Businesses & Jobs; Homeownership & Housing; Health Care and Education. The state-level data was released in January, with California ranking at #18

Small Business Amendments in NDAA Bill Passed by House

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on a 220-197 vote with no Republican support. Several small business amendments are part of the package, including: Report on Contracts Awarded to 8(a) Small Businesses – Requires a report as to the number of contracts awarded to program participants under the 8(a)

Celebrating Independent Workers on Independence Day

For the 9th year in a row, our friends at MBO Partners published “The State of Independence in America,” a comprehensive look into the country’s independent workforce – a group of 41 million people who work as consultants, freelancers, contractors, temporary, or on-call workers. The findings of this year’s study show that, despite a strong

2019 CAMEO Member Survey Results

The results of our 2019 Member Survey are in! Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their thoughtful answers and opinions – it will help us improve and offer better services for you and your clients. The results of the survey confirm a lot of what we already knew in terms

CalEITC Expansion to Support California Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Governor Gavin Newsom’s “California for All” State Budget seeks to expand California’s Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a move that will benefit small businesses and low-and-middle-income working families. The Earned Income Tax Credit is historically seen as America’s most effective anti-poverty policy. How is the governor going to do this? By having California’s tax law