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New Grants Boost CAMBA Small Business Services


Two CAMBA Events Coming Up


Help Save Our After-School Programs


CAMBA Young Leaders Support Food Pantry








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april 2013

employeesbsNew Grants Boost CAMBA Small Business Services


To salute a recent grant from Carver Community Development Corporation, three CAMBA Small Business Services (SBS) entrepreneurs joined CAMBA and Carver representatives at the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony earlier this month.
Carver awarded CAMBA a $10,000 grant that will enable SBS to train 20 additional potential small business owners, many of whom live and work in distressed areas---and whose success will bolster their communities.
Blondell Pinnock, President of the CDC and VP of Carver Federal Savings Bank, and CAMBA President and CEO Joanne Oplustil rang the bell that signaled the end of trading for the day and heralded the gift that will provide more opportunities for CAMBA's future small business owners.


CAMBA SBS was also recently named a finalist in the NYC Economic Development Corporation's (NYCEDC) Competition THRIVE, designed to generate business plans that will address the challenges faced by immigrant entrepreneurs.
SBS was awarded $25,000 to run a six-month pilot program: "Mobilize Your Business: Using the Tablet for a Competitive Edge." The program will cover the all the basic functions of the iPad for immigrant entrepreneurs, including points of sale, translation functions, bookkeeping, direct sales, tracking inventory, digital marketing and mobile video conferencing.
At the end of the six-month pilot, NYCEDC will award an additional $100,000 to the finalist with the greatest potential for expansion.
"CAMBA is honored to be recognized as a finalist in Competition Thrive," said Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA, Inc. "We are grateful to Competition THRIVE for enabling us to test new strategies to help fledgling businesses boost revenue and drive down costs."

holidayTwo CAMBA Events Right Around the Corner

This Sunday, May 5, get fit for summer at our Healthy Way 5k Run/Walk in Prospect Park. The fundraising race is sponsored by EmblemHealth and will be a great way to get moving with CAMBA staff and friends and show your CAMBA love for three miles in the beautiful park. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Join the Healthy Way 5k.


Then on May 16, join us at the opening night cocktail reception of our Annual Shona Benefit Sale. The Thursday evening at our sculpture gallery will feature a ceremony honoring four special CAMBA supporters and clients. You can also purchase a hand-crafted sculpture from Zimbabwe (proceeds supporting our programs), ahead of the public weekend sale on May 17 and 18.

Help Save Our After-School Programs from Cuts
Each spring, more than a few CAMBA staff and clients face a bleak, and very real, possibility: losing their program to City budget cuts. This year, CAMBA's Out of School Time (after-school and summer camp) programs are in particular jeopardy.
Two of our long-standing after-school programs are slated to close and four others to lose valuable spots. In all, if the City Council doesn't restore $1.2 million in funding, 612 CAMBA children will lose a place to stay engaged and learning after school while their parents earn a necessary living.
Programs like these are saved only with the public, vocal support of people who care. Take a moment to learn about the Campaign for Children's advocacy efforts---and lend your voice to the campaign.

bedstuyCAMBA Young Leaders Committee Raises $3,000 for Food Pantry
New CAMBA supporters enjoy the Party for a Pantry on April 23

CAMBA's new Young Leaders Committee did one solid for CAMBA's Emergency Food Pantry on April 23, with a spirited fundraising party at the East Village's Fat Buddha Bar.
The evening proved that this group of young professionals is helping to expand CAMBA's network of friends, being a force for good-all while having a fun time. They drew a lively standing-room-only crowd and stayed late into the night to enjoy food and drinks, listen to music, chat with old friends and make new professional connections.
Through ticket sales and raffles, the event raised almost $3,000, which will be used to stock the shelves of CAMBA's Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Program and provide enough healthy groceries for 2,700 meals for New Yorkers in need. The pantry provides emergency food for more than 5,000 individuals every month.
Dominic Rovano told guests that he got involved in the Young Leaders Committee because, "it's personally very rewarding to know you're having a direct impact on the lives of so many people."


CAMBA Young Leaders Committee; Left to Right: Kristian Breton, Diana Fassbender, Nicholas Trum, Erin Marucco and Dominic Rovano


Want to know more about this dynamic group? Email for more information.
Tuesday, April 30, is the last day that the Feinstein Foundation will match donations to CAMBA's food pantry. Please click here and make a gift today, take advantage of this match and make your dollars feed even more hungry families.

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