Latino Business Networking Group

The Latino Business Networking Group provides assistance and support for Latino businesses in the Fruitvale, Richmond, Martinez, Hayward, Fremont and San Jose areas. The main purpose of the project is to bridge and connect the monolingual Spanish speaking - Latino business owners and entrepreneurs to all the resources and services that the city of Oakland and other organizations offer to support them in their development, growth, and sustainability of their business.

Small Business Majority Supports California's Angel Investor Bill

Small Business Majority writes in support of California's Angel Investor Bill, AB 2758. The legislation would support qualifiying small businesses struggling to find financing by creating a tax credit of 5% to angel investors that invest in businesses with less than $2 million in gross receipts. Additionally, the legislation prioritizes investor applications from those investing in traditionally underrepresented businesses.

CalSavers Retirement Savings Program: What Small Businesses Need to Know

The CalSavers Retirement Savings Program will be a portable workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers are unable to offer their employees a way to save for retirement. CalSavers will be run by the state and funded by modest employee contributions, so it involves minimal requirements for employers. Below is an overview of what small businesses need to know about the program.

California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

California’s paid sick leave law, which went into effect on July 1, 2015, allows employees to take time off from work to address their health or a family member’s illness without losing a paycheck.

The paid sick leave law in California helps promote a healthy workforce while benefiting small employers’ bottom lines through reduced employee turnover and increased productivity. Additionally, it helps employers take care of their employees in order to retain a loyal and healthy workforce and to attract top talent.

Energy Upgrade California: Helping small businesses save

Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, conserve and preserve natural resources, reduce demand on the energy grid and make informed choices about their energy use at home and at work—all of which goes a long way for California.

To learn more about Energy Upgrade California, please visit their website.

‘Shop Small’ and Think Green on Small Business Saturday

On Small Business Saturday we’re all encouraged to “shop small,” which is great for the millions of small companies in California and elsewhere. But how many people think about helping small businesses beyond that one day? We should, because we can do more to assist small firms than just buying holiday gifts from them—we can also help them invest in energy efficiency. 

Small Business Majority Voices Support for California Truth in Lending Bill

Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of SB 1235, which would become the first small business truth in lending law in the country. The bill would standardize disclosure of financing terms offered to small businesses to better inform borrowers about the financial implications of their loan offers, and it would serve as a model for other states to follow to better serve their small businesses.

Small Business Majority Supports California's Homemade Food Operations Act

Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the California Assembly in support of California's Homemade Food Operartions Act (AB 626), which will help legitimize and create a legal framework for microenterprise home kitchen operations in the state. It will improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy by legalizing small-scale home food operations and ensuring health and safety standards. Finally, the bill will enable home cooks—mostly women, immigrants, and people of color—to use their skills to generate income.

Small Business Majority Supports California's Prompt Payment Bill

Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, submitted a letter in support of the California Prompt Payment bill (AB 1552), which would require all public utilities to promptly pay vendors that submit valid invoices. Prompt payment measures such as this will help small businesses compete more effectively in bidding processes for contracts. The bill requires that public utilities will be required to pay vendor invoices within 30 days.