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.

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 [...]

What to Expect at the 2019 Economic Summit

By |2019-10-28T15:08:44-07:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Business Development, Economic Development, Innovation, Jobs, News|Tags: , , , , |

The 2019 Greater Palm Springs Economic Summit is rapidly approaching. Those who have bought tickets or reserved tables need only wait a few more weeks until the business event of the year. Our staff is planning out all of the final details, making sure everything will run smoothly on event day. One thing we strive [...]

The Summit: Keynote Speaker Robert Rippee of UNLV’s Hospitality Innovation and eSports Labs

By |2019-09-17T12:54:01-07:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Late last week, CVEP was finally able to announce this year’s Keynote Speaker for The Summit, and we couldn't be more excited. This year's Keynote will be Robert Rippee, MBA & Ph.D. Candidate. Rippee is the Director of the Hospitality Innovation Lab and the Director of the eSports Lab at the International Gaming Institute, both [...]

9/11 Remembrance Events in Greater Palm Springs

By |2019-09-03T16:30:30-07:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Typically, CVEP hosts a seminar on the second Wednesday of each month as part of our Small Business Forum series. This month, that day happens to fall on a day when we remember one of the greatest tragedies of a generation: September 11. Connecting with and educating people at our workshops is usually the highlight [...]

Mom Jeans and the Changing Course of Retail

By |2019-07-31T12:30:16-07:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Early this week, giant old-school retailer Macy's came under fire for - of all things - dinnerware. Across social media, users called out Macy's for fat-shaming. And body-shaming. And food-shaming... pretty much everything-shaming. The plates in question, sold by Pourtions, feature concentric circles labeled from inside to outside: "skinny jeans, favorite jeans, mom jeans." The [...]