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CAMEO’s Carrot Fund: Loans to Lenders

The California Association of Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) received funding from Capital One to create the Carrot Fund, which offers loans to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CAMEO hired me to…

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Small Business Valuation

Small Business Valuation Lately I’ve been consulting with people on selling their businesses. The first challenge is facing the realities of business valuation. Entrepreneurs love their businesses and have invested…

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Spark Lending Platform

Spark Lending Platform I’ve had several meetings with Nick Elders, Vice President of Technology Solutions and Services at Community Reinvestment Fund about their online small business lending platform, Spark. It…

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Training the Business Trainers

Using CDBG funds, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) runs a business development program for low and moderate incomes residents.  To deliver services they contract with about a dozen organizations that…

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Growing Businesses

I am working with growing businesses through JEDI’s Power Up Program, offering business and financial management tools. My part of the training covers the financial management tools: Analyzing the Past…

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Business Lending Webinars

This month, I designed and delivered a three-part webinar series for small business community lenders in California. The goal of the series was to provide ongoing staff development and increased…

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Microlending Primer

The Council of Development Finance Agencies asked me to give their membership an introductory webinar on microlending and the Do-It-Yourself economy. CDFA members are state, county and municipal development finance…

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New Women’s Business Center

I teamed up with Joy Taylor and Nancy Swift of Jefferson Economic Development to write an application for a Women’s Business Center designation, and it was chosen! Great news for…

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Go Biz: Online Lenders

Late this month, I will be conducting a small business webinar for Governor Jerry Brown's Go Biz Office on the new online lending options for business that I've been discussing…

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CAMEO Women’s Symposium

CAMEO hosted a business symposium for food producers in LA, and I learned a lot about California's Homemade Food Act signed in to law in 2013 and allows entrepreneurs to…

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