California Small Business Owner Highlight

Melissa Vrba

Biome, headquartered in Riverside, Calif., encourages its clients to root their beauty routines in nature with plant-based organic beauty products including soap, shampoo, essential oils and more.

Owner Melissa Vrba explains “Without Mother Earth we are nothing. I want to remind people that all we need is what comes from her.”

California Events

Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:00pm PT

One year into the pandemic, small business owners are still navigating changing health regulations, ongoing stay at home orders and an influx of funding options.

Webinar | CA
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:00pm PT

Join Small Business Majority and CAMEO for a bi-weekly, brief update where we discuss the national, state and regional small business policy updates that may impact your small business.

Topics of discussion include:

Webinar | CA
Friday, April 23, 2021 | 12:30pm PT

The influx of relief funding through the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan provides a unique opportunity for growth for small business owners in California.

Roundtable | CA
Sunday, April 25, 2021 | 4:00pm PT

Negocios alrededor del país han sido negativamente impactados por la pandemia del COVID-19. En respuesta a esta crisis, el estado de California ha lanzado varios programas de asistencia financiera para las pequeñas empresas. 


Roundtable | CA

California Policy

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California Research

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.

Wed, 10/21/2020
Workforce training

On October 21, Small Business Majority released a new report on small business challenges in hiring and training employees in California and their struggles accessing the broader workforce development ecosystem. The report reveals findings from an online survey of small business owners across the state, as well as separate focus group discussions, interviews and other convenings that provide insights into the ways small business owners approach hiring and training. It also provides recommendations for stakeholders to better engage their local small employers.