Incubate Your Businesses
The social contract between employer and employee has changed radically because of technological and productivity advances. The truth is that more and more people will create their own jobs. The changing landscape of the labor market necessitates new approaches to economic development that include fostering locally-owned small businesses.
Join us for a webinar that explores why you need an entrepreneurship strategy, and the tools that ensure success. We’ll focus on new business incubator models: kitchen incubators, maker spaces, co-working spots and cooperative incubators.
When we actively support small locally-owned businesses, we provide our communities with:
- Economic diversity,
- Local control,
- Increased economic development capacity, and
- Quality job creation.
About the Presenters
As CAMEO’s CEO, Claudia Viek has built a statewide network of organizations providing training, business assistance and microloans. Ms. Viek founded San Francisco’s Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators. She serves on the board of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and the California Economic Development Lending Initiative. Her ideas have been published in American Banker and The Washington Post, and heard on NPR’s Morning Edition. She is a sought-after speaker, and has addressed The Federal Reserve Board, California League of Cities and the California Workforce Association.
Lisa Kirvin has been with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center since 2000, initially as Development Director and currently as the Managing Director. During her time at Renaissance, the organization has grown from one site to five, with expanded incubation programs and over 70 small business tenants around the Bay Area. Lisa’s responsibilities have included all multiple aspects of incubation and tenancy support.
Rani Croager has over 15 years of experience advising organizations on strategic and financial planning, capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to co-founding Uptima Business Bootcamp, Rani was a member of the founding team and vice president at Altius Education where she helped raise over $30 million of capital to fund development of the company’s educational ecosystem. Rani began her career as a successful investment banker and has led and participated in over 30 financing, merger, acquisition and joint venture transactions, representing over $15 billion in value, for leading technology companies.
Jorge Reguerin is Vice President and SBA Business Development Officer for Santa Cruz County Bank. Jorge works at the Bank’s Watsonville Office. Mr. Reguerin is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is an active community volunteer and leader. Mr. Reguerin is the current Board Chair of El Pajaro Community Development Corporation and was actively involved in the conception and development of the kitchen incubator. He also serves as Treasurer of Salud Para La Gente a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in Watsonville. He is a past Advisory Board member for the Small Business Development Center. He has been a resident of Santa Cruz County for over 30 years. Mr. Reguerin is bilingual in English and Spanish.