Women’s Business Center at JEDI

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at JEDI provides in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women (and men) entrepreneurs, both nascent and established business owners, a representative number of whom are socially and economically disadvantaged.

WBC services include:

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. 

Xiomara Peña

Xiomara Peña manages all of our California program and outreach efforts while leading our Southern California work from our Los Angeles office. She also manages Small Business Majority’s national Latino small business outreach work focused on delivering quality resources for the Spanish-speaking business community. Prior to joining Small Business Majority more than six years ago, Xiomara piloted business retention programs for the City of Los Angeles and programs geared toward empowering at-risk youth.

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