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California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO)

CAMEO’s mission is to promote economic opportunity and community well-being through Micro Enterprise development.

CAMEO’s member organizations provide entrepreneurs with small business financing such as loans and credit, technical assistance, and business management training.

As California’s statewide Micro Enterprise association, CAMEO is the voice for Micro Enterprise in California, expanding resources and building capacity for its member organizations – over 160 lenders, training programs, job creators, agencies, and individuals dedicated to furthering Micro Enterprise development in California.

CAMEO focuses on three main areas—Expanding Financing and Assistance; Public Awareness; and Advocacy. Some of the related activities it undertakes are:

  • Cultivating new resources and investments to build the capacity of its member organizations so that they can provide local microfinancing, business training, and technical assistance.
  • Educating the public and media about the positive economic impacts of Micro Enterprise development in California and throughout the country.
  • Working in Sacramento and Washington D.C. for additional public policies and investment that support entrepreneurship and self-employment.
  • Sponsoring legislation and regulations to remove barriers to the expansion of Micro Enterprise development organizations.