California Capital FDC Newsletter
September 2015
In This Issue
Welcome to the California Capital E-Newsletter.  Here at California Capital, we value up-to-date research on small businesses and we want to share that information with you.  In this monthly e-newsletter, you'll find an abundance of newly released data relevant to a wide variety of small business-related issues.  This month we put the spotlight on entrepreneurs. In addition, we include an update on California Capital interns who have gone on to do great things!  In this newsletter, you'll also find a list of upcoming classes offered through the Women's Business Center (WBC) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).  Enjoy and we hope to see you at California Capital events and workshops!

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What Traits Do We Need To Succeed As Entrepreneurs? 


"Researchers and psychologists have spent decades working to dissect, analyze and zero in on the personality characteristics that are intrinsic to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial success. They have amassed a sizable body of scholarly work in their efforts to understand which traits seem to be unique to entrepreneurs, which traits seem to be associated with successful vs. unsuccessful entrepreneurs, and which traits are correlated with specific entrepreneurial skill sets."






Kauffman and Census Announce Major Expansion of Annual Data on American Entrepreneurs

"One of the Kauffman Foundation's major strategies in support of entrepreneurship, is to have expanded data available to both national and local policymakers.  For close to 40 years, the U.S. Census has run a large-scale survey of private business through the Survey of Business Owners (SBO), providing the most detailed picture of the changing American entrepreneur every five years.  Through a major public-private partnership, the Kauffman Foundation and Census Bureau will be modernizing and annualizing the SBO for years 2014, 2015, and 2016."


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An Entrepreneur's Guide to Accessing Census Bureau Statistics


"If you are thinking of starting a new business, one of the first things you need is information to understand market conditions.  Entrepreneurs rely on American Community Survey and Economic Census data to understand local markets, the local workforce, commuting patterns and economic activity in prospective new locations to make investment decisions that create jobs and grow the economy."  

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Spotlight: Will Li

We were recently able to catch up with Will Li, one of our past research interns.  He's doing great things and we wanted to share his accomplishments!  Here is what Will is up to now: 

Degree info: MBA, Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business - Areas of Concentration: Corporate Finance and Strategy. 

Current Role: Manager, Finance - Corporate Controllership at American Express. Participant in Job Rotation Program (JRP), which will provide three roles within the Finance Organization over three years. 

Background: As an Research Intern at California Capital FDC, William was inspired to help startup and small businesses through the use of access to capital and education. Upon graduating from the University of California, Davis, leveraged the experience he gained from this internship into a full time role at OBDC Small Business Finance, where he held various roles ranging from Business Development to Loan Underwriting. After obtaining an MBA from Georgetown University, William took a role at American Express , where even today he utilizes the analytical and communications skills he learned at California Capital FDC.



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