Friday, July 20, 2012

SB 969

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.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You make excellent points, Scott. The composition of the board and the powers being given to the board by SB969 is opening the door to future boards governing and controlling other trades & professions which up to now boards have not had the right or the authority to do. This includes setting the profession's standard of conduct & business practices. This board will be setting the standard of groomer conduct & practices in two ways. One by dictating to grooming schools what they must teach students in order to be an "approved curriculum". Second a reviewing board is to be established by the board to review complaints received against groomers. The reviewing board will of course need to create a standard of conduct to judge all groomers against in an equal and fair manner. Again, as you noted, this standard is going to be created by a board that is predominately composed off members from public interest groups and large business. Not professionals within the grooming industry. That out to scare the jammies off anyone, regardless of the field of endeavor they engage in. That the state will be able to create a board which will set the standards and the board not to be primarily composed of those within the business, but rather those who have a stated antipathy to the business & trade. Thanks again! Barbara, All About Grooming, solely owned & est 1988