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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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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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US Microfinance - Small Loans, Big Results - report

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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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Salam Nalia: Invest in your backyard - Opinion - fresnobee.com

In 1884, newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer successfully raised $100,000 to fund the completion of the Statue of Liberty by urging readers of New York World to make small donations.
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Fresno CDFI is rocking with their Kiva loans - one that was posted is already funded 87%!!!! The CAMEO-Kiva collaboration will help microbusinesses in California.

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Business is Booming for CA Baby Boomers

Business is Booming for CA Baby Boomers | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Business is booming for many of California's baby boomers who own small businesses, thanks to investments in Social Security and Medicare, according to a new report.
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Entrepreneurs getting business services help

Entrepreneurs getting business services help | Micro-business | Scoop.it
CHICO — Entrepreneurs who are chosen for the Business Vitality Seed Fund not only end up with a no-payback grant, but also a stable of business experts to help them with the unknowns that can sink a new enterprise.
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3Core is a CAMEO member!

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How To Get a Microloan - Work ReimaginedWork Reimagined

How To Get a Microloan - Work ReimaginedWork Reimagined | Micro-business | Scoop.it
If you can't get a traditional bank loan for your small business, try applying to a CDFI (Community Development Financing Institution) for a microloan.
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Progress on California Bill to Help the Unemployed Start Small Businesses

Progress on California Bill to Help the Unemployed Start Small Businesses | Micro-business | Scoop.it
CAMEO, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, announces that AB 152, a bill to help the unemployed start their own small business passed the California Assembly Insurance Committee today.
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This bill will help create 5000 businesses and 13000 jobs for California.

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Workers Over 50 Are The New 'Unemployables'

Workers Over 50 Are The New 'Unemployables' | Micro-business | Scoop.it
New research documents that over-50 workers face an uphill battle to get hired.
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This is exactly why California needs a Self-employment Assistance Program - to help these experienced, capable people take control of their own destiny and become their own boss by starting their own businesses.
http://bit.ly/beyourownbosspetition

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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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'Made in California' label proposed to boost economy

'Made in California' label proposed to boost economy | Micro-business | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- Will putting "Made in California" labels on products help them fly off the shelves?
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Our friend, Small Business California, is sponsoring a bill to have a "Made in California" label - more evidence of the do-it-yourself economy.

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New Study Highlights U.S. Small and ‘Micro’ Businesses as Engines for Job Creation

New Study Highlights U.S. Small and ‘Micro’ Businesses as Engines for Job Creation | Micro-business | Scoop.it
By providing small loans that average just $10,000 in the U.S., leading microlenders Accion and Opportunity Fund are significantly contributing to small business sustainability, as well as increases in income and job creation according to their...
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It's Micro Business Day!  This study and the CAMEO-Kiva launch.

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Economic recovery: Fueling the 99 percent of businesses is what's needed to create jobs

Economic recovery: Fueling the 99 percent of businesses is what's needed to create jobs | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Matt Flannery and Claudia Viek argue that crowd-sourced micro-lending will help the small businesses that are at the heart of job creation in the valley.
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CAMEO and Kiva launch initiative to create jobs

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Freelancers Union Tackles Concerns of Independent Workers

Freelancers Union Tackles Concerns of Independent Workers | Micro-business | Scoop.it
The Freelancers Union, one of the nation’s fastest-growing labor organizations, seeks to make health insurance and other benefits more affordable for independent workers.
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Bill That Could Help Unemployed Californians Start Businesses Advances - capradio.org

Bill That Could Help Unemployed Californians Start Businesses Advances - capradio.org | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Capital Public Radio
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CAMEO sponsored this bill. 

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Commentary: Microloans expand access to capital for small farmers

Commentary: Microloans expand access to capital for small farmers | Micro-business | Scoop.it
Commentary: Microloans expand access to capital for small farmers
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USDA's new program on small loans for small farmers!

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