California Small Business Owner Highlight

Small business owner Christin Evans is writing the next chapter for two historic bookstores.

Christin, who holds a MBA and was a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, gave up her high powered but emotionally unfulfilling career more than a decade ago to seek a new challenge. She and her husband, Praveen Madan, took over the 40-year-old San Francisco bookstore Booksmith in 2007 and the 60-year-old Kepler’s Books in 2012—bringing new life to old ink, and in the process creating much more than just places to buy volumes.

California Events

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 9:00am PT

Please join Small Business Majority and participating community lenders for a timely conversation where we will identify some of the responsible lenders in California, and the steps to take first when seeking capital for your small business.

Workshop | CA
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 11:00am PT

As you work to grow and strengthen your business, it is important to be informed of the resources available to you as a business owner.

Webinar | National
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 2:00pm PT

Mientras trabaja para hacer crecer y fortalecer su pequeña empresa, es importante estar informado sobre los recursos y las opciones que tiene como propietario de una empresa.

Webinar | National
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 | 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority, Operation HOPE and TMB Tax & Financial Services for a free webinar to learn about tax considerations when choosing a business entity.

Workshop | National
Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

In honor of Women's Small Business Month, join Small Business Majority and Verizon Small Business Digital Ready for a free webinar to learn about digital resources for your business and how to qualify for a $10,000 grant.

Workshop | National
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 11:00am PT

El ser empresario es un camino comprobado para desarrollar su independencia y seguridad financiera.

Webinar | National
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 | 11:00am PT

Being an entrepreneur is a proven way to develop independence and financial security. However, entrepreneurs can fall victim to predatory lending without proper knowledge of financing and business credit options or have poor capital management.

Webinar | CA
Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 5:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority and Represent Justice for a virtual film screening of the documentary Apart. This intimate portrait follows three formerly incarcerated women as they attempt to rebuild

Conference | National
Friday, November 11, 2022 | 1:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority and Georgians for a Healthy Future for a free webinar where we will discuss how to enroll yourself or your employees in health insurance marketplace coverage for 2023.

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Enrollment Counseling Session | National

California Policy

Browse our latest state-based regulatory comments and legislative testimony in this area below, or click the button to view all records.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship remains at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in California. Our state’s 3.9 million small businesses employ seven million people, which amounts to about half of the private workforce, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

On August 29, small businesses and business organizations signed their names to a letter urging Governor Newsom to make worker-funded Paid Family Leave (PFL) and State Disability Insurance (SDI) more accessible to California’s low-wage workers.

Friday, April 8, 2022

On April 8, Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of Budget & Fiscal Review Committee in support of Governor Newsom's proposed budget, which includes critical funding and measures to support small business recovery.

California Research

Tue, 08/31/2021

California lawmakers are weighing a proposal to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for customers at consumer-facing businesses and to similarly require employers to mandate vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests for employees. New opinion polling from Small Business Majority reveals that small businesses in California are supportive of proposals to mandate vaccinations and testing at places of business to help ensure local economies can operate safely, amid setbacks from the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

Tue, 02/23/2021
Banking online

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic that has strained California’s economy and public health system, small businesses across the state continue to experience significant financial setbacks. A new survey of California small business owners reveals that their struggles are being exacerbated by challenges accessing capital, and they strongly support policy solutions that would deliver the financial relief they need to survive this year-long crisis.

Wed, 12/16/2020
California Small Business Survey

As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the country and resurges in California, small business owners continue grappling with the effects of state and local public health orders and a loss in consumer demand. Nine months into this crisis, California’s small business owners say their businesses have been diminished, leaving them with reduced revenue and operating capacity. They’re making difficult decisions that are impacting the workforce through reduced wages, working hours and employee benefits.