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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Bianca Blomquist

Bianca Blomquist manages Small Business Majority’s outreach and education efforts for the Bay Area and Northern California region. She develops relationships with business organizations and small business owners to empower the voice of small business in California and works with the California Director on national and statewide policy efforts.

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Mark Herbert

Mark Herbert directs Small Business Majority’s operations throughout California. As Vice President, California, Mark oversees our policy, outreach and development efforts across the state while also directing our work on responsible small business lending issues nationwide.

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Claudia Moreno

Claudia Moreno manages Small Business Majority’s outreach, education and policy efforts in the Inland Empire/Central California regions. Claudia develops relationships with both business partners and small business owners across the region to discuss ways to best help small businesses thrive in their local economies. Claudia also works closely with the California team on statewide policy initiatives.

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Small Business Majority voices support for additional $3 million for small business technical assistance in CA

Small Business Majority writes in support of the California Assembly's version of the GO-Biz budget, which would provide an additional $3 million to small business technical assistance providers, including the Minority Business Development Centers, the Women’s Business Centers, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Centers. These funds will be used to expand their capacity to provide vital one-on-one counseling and training to businesses and entrepreneurs.