About Laura James

Laura is CVEP's Vice President of Innovation, and is also a sports fanatic, music lover, and consumer technology junkie. With an undergraduate degree in education, graduate certificates in nonprofit management and information systems management, and an M.B.A., she helps tech founders prove that business has the power to make the world an amazing place.

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By |2020-05-21T14:46:23-07:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Economic Development, Jobs, News|Tags: , , , , , |

An overwhelming number of the businesses we’ve talked to are eager to re-open. Despite some of the negative labels being hurled about, these people aren’t all denying science, nor are they all putting profit over health. These are entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and small business owners who have spent lifetimes building their businesses, brands, or skills. [...]

Insight: Entity Types and Partnerships for Small Business

By |2020-05-15T15:19:27-07:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Business Development, News|Tags: , , , , , |

CVEP’s Small Business Forum continued virtually this month with a presentation on business entity types, common issues with partnerships, and employment law. The forum was conducted by David R. Roth and Vee B. Sotelo of Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney, LLP, a law firm with a primary presence in Palm Springs. Roth is an [...]

Insight: Search and SEO for Small Business

By |2020-04-21T16:59:53-07:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Business Development, Coronavirus|Tags: , , , |

This month, amidst the stay-at-home orders of COVID-19, CVEP hosted its first-ever virtual Small Business Forum. The topic, SEO and Search Marketing, was more timely than ever. Many businesses have been temporarily forced to operate from a digital storefront instead of a physical one. A physical storefront will get foot traffic if it's well-located, and [...]

COVID-19 PPP Loan Programs for Small Business

By |2020-05-11T14:02:46-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Economic Development, Jobs, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Updated 5/11/20: The new funding for the PPP & HCE Act became available on Monday, April 27 after original funding from the CARES Act ran out of money. While it was expected that funds might run out within a few days, as of the end of last week there were still over $1B in funds [...]

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans For Coachella Valley Businesses

By |2020-03-26T21:43:04-07:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, News|Tags: , , , , |

As COVID-19 continues to spread, the need for governmental assistance in the Coachella Valley grows. At the time of this writing, the resources available to help businesses survive this challenging time are just beginning to roll out. Among the currently best-defined programs is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program through the U.S. Small Business Administration. [...]

Business Continuity During Unpredictable Events

By |2020-03-17T10:26:07-07:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Business Development, Coronavirus, News|Tags: , , , |

As you read this, you have already likely experienced firsthand the difficulty of preparing for a disaster once it is underway. Many stores are selling out of needed products within minutes of restocking their shelves. And although we are already in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is not too late to take basic [...]

Contacting CVEP During Social Distancing and Remote Work

By |2020-03-16T14:39:19-07:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Coronavirus, Economic Development, News|Tags: , , , |

Public health officials have called for social distancing measures. Social distancing works based on mathematical principles: the more people that come in contact with one another, the more opportunities for transmission. In accordance with  to the CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease, CVEP is taking precautions to [...]

Insight: Social Media for Business in 2020

By |2020-02-26T19:51:18-08:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Business Development, News|Tags: , , , , |

Small business owners and managers seeking new information on social media had the chance to learn from one of the best this month at our Small Business Forum. Andrew McCauley of SwingPoint Media is known as the Social Media Bloke, and with good reason. He's been named to lists of the most influential social media [...]

What To Know Before You Apply To The iHub

By |2020-01-23T16:54:28-08:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Innovation|Tags: , , , |

When an entrepreneur or a small business comes to us for assistance, the first step is determining what type of assistance is really needed. Because the iHub program receives a fair amount of publicity, many assume that they should apply to the iHub as the mandatory first step on a path to success. For some [...]

Insight: Mindfulness & Resilience in Business

By |2020-01-15T19:58:47-08:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Business Development|Tags: , , , |

Many - in fact, most - of our Small Business Forums focus on traditional business subjects such as marketing, branding, social media, and finance. Once in a while, though, we like to mix things up and offer valuable but less traditional learning experiences. To help local business and nonprofit leaders learn how to better manage [...]