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Businesses aren’t creating enough jobs and government employment’s been cut back. Do it yourself. Create your own job, start your own business. It’s these very small, micro-businesses that are the future of our economy.
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69 Percent of U.S. Entrepreneurs Start Their Businesses at Home

69 Percent of U.S. Entrepreneurs Start Their Businesses at Home | Micro-business | Scoop.it
More research showing how prevalent home-based businesses are. The majority of startups and established small businesses are run from home in the U.S.
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Respected report on self-employment and entrepreneurship - lots of good factoids.

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JobCreation.pdf

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Micro-businesses create 3 jobs (including owner) after 3-5 years in business

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CViek on SmallBizFile First Step in Capital Access

Small Business File story on business assistance is the first step in capital access process with quotes from Claudia.
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Business Assistance is the First Step in Capital Access

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SBA shifting funding away from small-business training programs, draws fire from Congress

SBA shifting funding away from small-business training programs, draws fire from Congress | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The agency plans to devote more attention to helping mid-size firms, and less to basic business services.
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It's the smallest of the businesses that create jobs - support SBA training programs that are tried and true: PRIME, SBDC's and WBC's.

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Don Polvoron Bakery, a micro-business success story « CAMEO

Don Polvoron Bakery, a micro-business success story « CAMEO | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Don Polvoron Bakery, a micro-business success story
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Congrats to Jose and Oscar Flores who won CAMEO's Faces of Entrepreneurship Award.

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Why Amazon Is Bad for (Small) Business

Why Amazon Is Bad for (Small) Business | Micro-business | Scoop.it
It's important to strike a balance. Yes, Amazon is good for reaching a broader audience, but it can't be the exclusive model you use to market and sell your product, especially when it's clear they aren't operating in your favor.
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SBA’s Karen Mills: U.S. economy depends on entrepreneurs, needs them back in the game

SBA’s Karen Mills: U.S. economy depends on entrepreneurs, needs them back in the game | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The pace of new business formation has yet to recover after the recession. SBA Administrator Karen Mills has a plan to jumpstart the start-up engine.
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Karen Mills says "The average number of new establishment starts... is still not where it needs to be." Then she goes on to talk about the programs that help existing businesses grow, not start up.  Okay, okay, she talks about accelerators and hubs, but the bulk of the resources are not aimed at start ups.

 

 

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Women-Owned Businesses Are Second Only to Publicly-Traded Firms in Job Creation since the Great Recession | Business Wire

Women-Owned Businesses Are Second Only to Publicly-Traded Firms in Job Creation since the Great Recession | Business Wire | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Women-owned businesses trail only publicly-traded firms in U.S. job creation since 2007, according to the 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report,
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Did you see this study?  “Women-owned businesses have been net job creators since 2007, a distinction shared by only large, publicly traded companies.”

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Accidental Entrepreneur - Forbes.com

Accidental Entrepreneur - Forbes.com | Micro-business | Scoop.it
You're a laid-off, middle-age middle manager. Who's going to give you a job? Maybe you should hire yourself.
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An oldie, but a goodie.  Story from 2003.  Rings true 10 years later - even more so.

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Small businesses get help with startups - 08-Business - fresnobee.com

Small businesses get help with startups - 08-Business - fresnobee.com | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Mario Navarro knew a good business idea when he had it. The problem was finding the financing he needed to get that good idea off the ground.
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Fresno is one of three CAMEO members in the first round of the CAMEO-Kiva Collaboration!

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More Americans Work in the Underground Economy

More Americans Work in the Underground Economy | Micro-business | Scoop.it
As their benefits expire, the long-term unemployed find creative ways to make a living
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Another argument for the passage of AB 152, a Self-Employment Assistance program for California.  Without it, the state is encouraging people to start their businesses underground.  We don't need more underground.

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KGO 810 - CAMEO and Kiva Partnership Boosts Access to Crowdfunded Microloans for Small Businesses

KGO 810 - CAMEO and Kiva Partnership Boosts Access to Crowdfunded Microloans for Small Businesses | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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On Feeling the Distress of the Unemployed

On Feeling the Distress of the Unemployed | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Readers respond to a column by Paul Krugman.
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CAMEO weighed in on the unemployed - let's give them hope and help them start their own business and be their own boss.

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Temp Employment Is Dominating Job Growth In The Largest Cities | EMSI | Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

Temp Employment Is Dominating Job Growth In The Largest Cities | EMSI | Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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This underlines the growing trend of self-employment. Corporations and government are turning full-time jobs into temp workers - but self-employment is growing rapidly. The share of the self-employed in the labor market is growing exponentially - from 1.4% before 2000 to 3.5% post-2000. The trend is expected to continue. The State of Independence Report by Emergent Research found “the number of independent workers grew from 16 million in 2011 to 16.9 million in 2012 and it is expected to grow by 35% over the next five years. Self-employment is a labor market trend. And when entrepreneurs receive business training and support, 80% make it through the start-up phase and create an average of two additional jobs over three to five years.

 

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5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell

5 Stories Every Entrepreneur Should Be Able To Tell | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Nothing has the power to engage people like a great story. From a carefully crafted elevator pitch to the perfect customer testimonial, a great narrative can propel your brand and business like

Via Guillaume Decugis
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taniaATenthuse.me's comment, July 17, 2013 9:18 AM
What a great post. There is something magical in storytelling, especially when people write about their passion
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This is the story of a brilliant entrepreneur, Leah Busque. She is passionate about her business, she lives and breathes it. And it shows. 

 

What is your story ? 

Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, October 4, 2013 2:55 AM

 

We all love to hear a good story… keep it human though…

No dogma. No jargon. No Multisyllabic arrogance.

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Claudia Awarded Women in Business Champion

Claudia Awarded Women in Business Champion | Micro-business | Scoop.it
San Francisco, CA – Claudia Viek, CEO of CAMEO, won the Women in Business Champion of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for National Small Business Week (June 17-21).
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Small business owners make mistakes applying for loans

Small business owners make mistakes applying for loans | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Thousands of stunned small business owners call Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. each week after they're turned down for a loan. Jeff Stibel, CEO of the business credit reporting company, has a message for them: Don't blame the bank.
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The first step in any access to capital process should be buinsess assistance - whether it's a marketing plan, getting your cash flow in order or packaging a loan.

 

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Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive -- and survive climate change

Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive -- and survive climate change | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Cities where small businesses account for a relatively large share of the economy have stronger social networks and more engaged citizens.
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Another reason to support local business development/DIY economies - more public engagement, better public health and better for the environment.

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Small business success is the solution to our economic woes - The Hill's Congress Blog

Small business success is the solution to our economic woes - The Hill's Congress Blog | Micro-business | Scoop.it
While tax day is behind us, most small business owners have likely filed extensions to let them continue combing through the tax code looking for ways to keep their hard-earned dollars in their own coffers instead of in Uncle Sam’s.
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Good op-ed by our friends at Small Business Majority about tax reform to help small business.

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Which Kind of Small Business Is the Biggest Job Creator?

Which Kind of Small Business Is the Biggest Job Creator? | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Outgoing SBA head Karen Mills has recently blogged about small businesses and job creation. Here's how she looks at it.
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As Inc points out... It's not the high growth start ups that create all they jobs - it's more the mom and pop shops... then WHY WHY WHY do all the resources (not just money, but attention) go to the high growth start ups.  We need to bolster the infrastructure that supports the mom and pop small businesses.

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SF Small Business Week « CAMEO

SF Small Business Week « CAMEO | Micro-business | Scoop.it
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San Francisco knows that it takes a network of organizations dedicated to the success of small business.

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New blog series with SBA’s Karen Mills: Who are America’s job creators?

New blog series with SBA’s Karen Mills: Who are America’s job creators? | Micro-business | Scoop.it
SBA Administrator Karen Mills explains why four types of small firms hold the key to job growth.
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Note that only 1.3% of small businesses are high growth businesses, receiving a disproportionate amount of resources and attention.  

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Microlenders launch Central Valley effort

The Fresno Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) officially announced the launch of the Kiva and California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) programs on Tuesday in Fresno.
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More coverage of our kiva launch

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Bay Area Nonprofits Offer Support To Boost Statewide Microlending Efforts - CBS San Francisco

Bay Area Nonprofits Offer Support To Boost Statewide Microlending Efforts - CBS San Francisco | Micro-business | Scoop.it
With self-employment as a noted labor market trend, supporting smaller businesses is seen as a way to lower the unemployment rate.
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Thanks Margie!

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