Maria Arnedo
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A Ninth Grader’s List Of Cool Resources For Small Business Owners

I am a ninth grade student who volunteered to work for Camino Financial during my summer break. My goal for the summer was to create a resource or guide that helps small business owners learn, grow and succeed (the mission of Camino Financial).  During my internship, I realized there are so many free resources that small businesses aren’t even aware of and don’t take full advantage of.

I created a database full of FREE resources and organizations that help small businesses in California, Nevada, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona. If you are a small business with tight budget and have been wondering where to go for help, I’d like to share something special with you!

Click on this LINK to access the complete list of free resources.

I also used a lot of fun, easy-to-use tools this summer that you can use to operate and collaborate more effectively:

1. Slack

Slack is a cloud-based team communication tool. It helps everyone in the team by being able to quickly communicate with each other using instant messages (like texting). You’ll find yourself using emails less often which will save you time allowing you to be more productive!


2. Dialpad

Dialpad is a business phone system that offers toll free and local numbers, as well as department lines. Camino uses Dialpad to make all phone calls and texts. It works through your computer and can connect to your cell phone. Dialpad provides communication for the modern workplace.


3. Salesforce

Salesforce is a database that Camino uses to store all the contact information of the people and companies they work with. They also log all their calls and activities with contacts so managers can monitor performance with visually impactful dashboards. Salesforce is the world’s #1 CRM solution.


4. Outlook

Outlook is an app that helps millions of users connect all their email accounts, calendars and files in one convenient spot. This is a great tool that helps with a ton of different functions.


5. Family- Like Atmosphere

Camino Financial has a very family-like environment. They have sofas, blankets, yoga balls, open space, music, and a family dog, Zoe. This type of atmosphere helps employees stay motivated and comfortable so they can think outside of the box and stay creative and innovative at work.


Full disclaimer, the owners of Camino Financial happen to be my uncles and my mom is Employee #1!  They are all very ambitious and want to help their community. My uncles always talked to me about how important it is to be equipped and ready with work skills that future employers will look for. They also expressed the importance of having unique experiences that can differentiate you from others. They learned this while attending two very competitive schools (Berkeley and Harvard) and pursuing challenging careers. Because I take my education very seriously, I put this advice to work. I feel very lucky to have been able to volunteer at Camino Financial. I never really thought a workplace could be like this. I hope more businesses like Camino Financial will offer junior programs to allow kids my age to see what it’s like to work for a company.


-Juliette, 9th grader

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