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Claudia Viek

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Claudia Viek is a pioneer in the Micro Enterprise and business incubation fields in the United States.

She has been CEO of the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity since 2007, where she has built the capacity and resources for microlenders and training programs by using creativity and innovation. For example, last year she instituted the first partnership between Workforce Investment Boards and entrepreneurship training programs to help the unemployed become self-employed and is looking to expand this nationwide.

She is the former Executive Director (14 years) of the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, an award winning training, financing and business incubation program in San Francisco that was one of the first in the nation. Viek served on the Board of the National Business Incubation Association and founded the Pacific Incubation Network of business incubators from Baja to Alaska.


Viek has led an organization that helped bring 42,000 new jobs and $1.5 billion into California’s economy.

She recognizes opportunity and capitalize on it to benefit of the Micro Enterprise industry.




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