Last month Small Business California was one of the first business groups to oppose SB 969. Since then a number of other business groups have joined SB-Cal in opposing SB 969. On its face, SB 969 (which regulates dog groomers) would seem to impact only a very small universe of small businesses in California and in some ways that is correct. But in many ways SB 969 and bills similar to it, impact all of our small businesses. SB 969, if passed into law, would:
• create a new board to regulate small businesses;
• would only have large businesses, regulatory entities and not for profits on the board (yes, small businesses would not have a voice);
• require small businesses to submit their employee training to this board for approval (that’s right you would need to share your internal training manual with a public entity dominated by your competitors);
• and would disregard years of practical experience performing your craft unless you received the blessings of this board.
These are issues and concerns application to all small businesses not just dog groomers. In our survey regulations were the 5th most important issue for small businesses in California. These are the kinds of issues that Small Business California continues to pay attention to for all of California’s small businesses.
I am reminded of the quote by Pastor Martin Niemollor
First they came to for the communist and I did not speak out because I was not a communist
Then they came for the trade unionist and I did not speak out because I wasn’t as trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.
I hope you will consider joining Small Business California so we can speak for you.
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