As we come to the closing of 2013 and I think about our accomplishments this year, I look upon our last year's success to see our growth. This year we have continued to advocate and assist small businesses throughout CA. We hope you find these emails to be of interest and we hope you all renew or join and tell other businesses owners and friends about Small Business California!
Small Business California (SBC) completed its 8th annual survey of small business issues. There were 630 respondents and every county in California was represented. The top six issues were cost of healthcare, quality of public education, small business regulations, state infrastructure, access to capital, and state taxes.
SBC and the San Francisco Small Business Commission held a meeting in San Francisco about the new legislation creating B corps in California. There were 100 small businesses and Assemblyman Jared Huffman, the author of the legislature, discussed how this will benefit California small businesses.
SBC hosted a meeting in LA with 20 small businesses and under Secretary of Commerce Eric Hirschhorn regarding export controls. The purpose was for the Under Secretary to hear from small businesses how export regulations can be streamlined.
SBC hosted a meeting along with Elizabeth Echols, regional director of Small Business Administration, Christine Baker the head of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Joan Woodward from Travelers Insurance Company. Topics discussed were the foundation of DIR, what the SBA is doing for small businesses, especially in the area of access to capital and how Travelers is trying to help small business to disaster planning. There were 95 small businesses in attendance.
Worked closely with jobs and economic Development Committee in an economic development strategy for California small business.
Provided information and risk management techniques to protect California small businesses from cyber-attacks.
SBC working with Cal OSHA and State Farm developed a paper helping small businesses comply with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan requirement. A meeting was held with small businesses in Oakland rolling out the plan.
SBC continues to work with Covered California and the California Endowment Foundation to get information on the Affordable Care Act out to small businesses around California. To that extent, emails are sent frequently to about 2000 small businesses around the state and presentations were made to small business around the state.
SBC provided information about AB 863 which reformed workers compensation in California. Presentations were made to Industrial Claims Association, Association of Workers Compensation Professionals, California Metals Coalition and the California Educational Forum.
SB 863 – SBC supported this and brought together 24 associations. The bill was signed by the Governor and attended the signing events with the Governor in San Diego and Burbank.
AB 2408 – SBC strongly opposed the bill which would have eliminated the net operating loss carry back. SBC brought together 25 associations also opposing this bill. It did not get through the legislation.
SB 323 – This bill repealed the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Act and put in place the Uniform Limited Liability Act. SBC got the author to amend the bill putting in place a grandfather clause which eliminated the need for about 604,000 LLCs from hiring an attorney to change their bylaws. The bill with amendments was signed by the Governor.
AB 1099 – This bill which provides that a regulation or order of repeal is effective on specified dates. It required the office of administration law to make a free copy of the full text of the Code of Regulations available on the internet. This bill was signed by the Governor.
SB 1510 – SBC sponsored this bill which modified the definition under the small business Procurement and Contract Act, to include additional conditions under which a certified small business or microbusiness is deemed to perform a commercially useful function.
Click here for all high priority bills that are SBC tracked. Many of these bills were testified on in their respective committees.
Attention those in the food business in SoCal:
Join CAMEO at our December 3rd Women's Symposium at the Los Angeles Federal Reserve.
It's going to be a great event - they've confirmed Evan Kleiman from KCRW's Good Food and Liza Braude-Glidden (photo left), Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips as their keynotes!
Learn more and register: Download a flyer
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