Events and Webinars

CALED’s 2017 Webinar Wednesday
Professional Development Schedule

CALED’s Webinar Wednesday is free for our members. For non-members the cost is $55.00 per webinar. All CALED webinar’s will be held from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (PST)

Archive List

To download a printable version of the 2017 Webinar Schedule please click here. Titles and descriptions are subject to change.

Worker Cooperatives and Ownership on August 2, 2017

As a growing number of first and second generation small business owners face retirement, they face the difficult reality of limited options for business succession. Often, there is no immediate buyer who would preserve their legacy and keep the business going.  Across the country, however, more small business owners are choosing to sell to their employees.  Please join us for a briefing from Democracy at Work Institute, to learn more about how this model is increasingly being used to offer: owners a positive exit, employment retention, stabilization of the local economy through continuity of tax revenue and even leadership opportunities and ladders for workers who would not otherwise be on a path to ownership.

This presentation by the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) will offer context on the issue, case studies, and basic technical information about cooperatives and employee ownership.  Attendees will be encouraged to put the model in their toolkit for facing local business closures, and be given resources to connect and partner with technical experts across the U.S. to support successful business transitions.  Participants who wish to learn more may join a 5-part webinar series hosted by DAWI in Fall-2017


Shevanthi Daniel, Co-Director of the Cooperative Conversions program

Shevanthi (Shev) is passionate about the intersection of sustainable business and economic development. Her work spans over fifteen years in community and labor organizing, and strategic capacity building with nonprofit and small businesses. She previously served as Lead Manager of Worker Cooperative Initiative at Pinchot University – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and also helped develop a Cooperative Management Certificate program at Pinchot University.  Shevanthi has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University and BA in History and Anthropology from University of Washington.

Email: sdaniel@institute.coop  |  Phone: (415) 379-9201 Ext. 11

Joe Marraffino, Co-Director of the Cooperative Conversions Program

Joe Marraffino is the Co-director of the Cooperative Conversions program at the Democracy at Work Institute.  Joe was the Finance Manager for the 12,000 member GreenStar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, New York.  Previously he was a worker-owner of Arizmendi Bakery in San Francisco and worked as a business developer for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives to help launch two new worker-owned bakeries. Joe was a founding member of the of the New York Cooperative Network and the Democracy at Work Network.  He has a MA from the New College of California in Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Community.

Email: jmarraffino@institute.coop  |  Phone: (415) 379-9201 Ext. 6

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Registration for this webinar will close on August 1, 2017

Update from GO-Biz on August 16, 2017

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Brown to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.  GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners through programs like the Office of Small Business Advocate and California Business Investment Services.  In addition, GO-Biz administers the California Competes Tax Credit.  This is an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay or grow in California.

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Registration for this webinar will close on August 14, 2017.

Legislative Update: Environment Legal Issue on September 6, 2017

This webinar will review new and proposed environmental statutes and trends that affect economic development efforts.

Tools and Tactics for Business Retention and Expansion on October 4, 2017

Listen to our expert speakers as they discuss innovative strategies to straighten your BRE program.

Attracting Talent! on November 1, 2017

Our experienced speakers will discuss the practices to secure and retain a skilled workforce.

Tech Tools for Economic Development on December 6, 2017

Technology is here to stay, learn how to use different platforms to promote and attract businesses to your community.

For a recorded copy of the webinar please contact Jillian Boyd.  Please note that some recordings may not be available.