Thursday, April 09, 2015

AB1245/SB 608/ GO Biz Seminars

It has been a busy week in Sacramento.  Two bills that Small Business California has been actively involved in have come up this week.

AB 1245.  This came up before the Assembly Insurance Committee.  This bill will phase in a requirement that businesses file their quarterly data and taxes with EDD on line.  Small Business California is the sponsor of this bill along with EDD.  We sponsored this because we believe it is more efficient and accurate for small business and EDD has estimated it will save $8.4 million.  Lori Kammerer, our Governmental Affairs person, and I testified at the Committee hearing.  It passed 11 to 1 and will go on to Assembly Appropriations.

SB 608.  The so called "Right to Rest" bill would allow homeless to usurp the ability of local jurisdictions across the state to implement voter approved ordinances aimed at protecting and maintaining safe, secure and civil streets.  Senator Liu held the bill back recognizing she didn’t have the votes in the Transportation and Housing Committee .  She could bring this back, but it is expected that this will not be the case.  Small Business California strongly opposed this bill.

Please see GO-Biz webinars for Small Business Month below.

GO-Biz to Host May Webinars for Small Business Month
In celebration of Small Business Month, you are invited to join GO-Biz’s Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) for a series of free webinars to educate small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs on important requirements and available resources.
Space is limited and registration is required – please register now! 

1. Connect Your Small Business to the Global Marketplace
Wednesday – May 13, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This webinar will cover key issues businesses should consider when exporting, as well as information on export services and programs offered by the state and federal governments.  Specific topics will include required documentation, export financing, market assessment, and business matchmaking services.

Registration and Detailed Information

2. California’s Small Business Development Center Network
Wednesday – May 20, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This webinar will describe the variety of services Small Business Development Centers provide to small businesses throughout the state.  Services from other organizations, such as SCORE and Women’s Business Centers, will also be discussed.  In addition, the webinar will provide tips to small businesses on how to obtain financing, including funding resources, requirements, and important considerations.

Registration and Detailed Information

3. Employee and Independent Contractor Definitions
Wednesday – May 27, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

This joint webinar with the Employment Development Department (EDD) will focus on understanding the differences between a common law employee and an independent contractor. You will learn the common misconceptions about independent contractors and receive information to help classify workers appropriately.

Registration and Detailed Information

GO-Biz serves as California’s office for economic development and offers a range of services to business owners. Those services include attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, important informational briefings and much more. For more details visit:

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA  94116


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