California Small Business Owner Highlight

For Rosie Arias, her mission is simple. She wants to keep the world warm one baby at a time.

Whimsical Charm, based out of Long Beach, Calif., was incorporated in 2011 after Rosie’s close friends began having children and she couldn’t find a blanket that was unique and different to gift them. This inspired her to use her fashion degree and sewing skills to make an easily-maintained, practical blanket that looked nice. 

California Events

Saturday, May 21, 2022 | 12:30pm PT

Kaiser Permanente invites you to join us during breakout session #2 at KJLH's 22nd Annual Women's Health Expo.

Conference | Long Beach, CA
Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 12:00pm PT

​​​When it comes to money for startups, there is no shortage of options - from crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, equity funding models such as convertible debt, friends & family rounds, smaller VCs, grants and even angel investment networks.

Webinar | CA
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 | 1:00pm ET

The pandemic and economic relief efforts have led to more grant opportunities than ever for the nation's small businesses. With the main federal relief programs now over, small businesses are seeking out other funding opportunities that may be available to them.

Webinar | National
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 2:00pm PT

Creating wealth as a small business owner is no easy feat. This is especially true if you are a business owner of color, a woman or if you're located in a rural area.

Webinar | CA
Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 11:00am PT

Las campañas de microfinanciación colectiva (crowdfunding) son una alternativa innovadora de recaudación de fondos que une las redes sociales y las finanzas, abriendo nuevas opciones para que los empresarios recauden capital para sus negocios.

Webinar | National
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 2:00pm PT

Most small business owners do not have a dedicated human resources department to navigate the regulations and resources enjoyed by their larger counterparts. 

Webinar | CA
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 11:00am PT

Únase a Small Business Majority en un seminario web gratuito donde aprenderá sobre cómo puede iniciar o hacer crecer su negocio desde el hogar, aprovechando los recursos locales.

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

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

Webinar | 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.

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Small Business Majority wrote to Assemblymember Buffy Wicks in support of AB 1993, legislation that would enact a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all businesses in California and their employees and independent contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.