California Small Business Owner Highlight

Elizabeth James has a soft spot for small businesses. 

“I understand that the small businesses of this country are not only a place to work, but are the culmination of someone's dreams and aspirations,” she says. Elizabeth’s family owned businesses and she attended University of California’s School of Business, so starting her own company seemed like a no-brainer. After garnering a unique expertise in tax and controller services, Elizabeth decided to open up her own bookkeeping and tax prep firm, Rincon Controller and Tax Services, Inc., in 2012 in Carpinteria, Calif. 

Elizabeth says, “I realized that small businesses need the services and guidance that are available to larger companies, but often beyond small business' pocket books. Tax and controller services in particular are typically exclusive corporations, and I wanted to change that.” 

California Events

Thu, 02/28/2019 (All day) | 8:30 - 10:30am

Join Small Business Majority and Fresno Regional Business Services Center at their Fresno Business Serving Partners Quarterly Meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to:

Train the Trainer | Fresno, CA
Thu, 02/28/2019 (All day) | 6:30 PM PST

Please join the Latino Business Networking Group and Small Business Majority for a free and interactive presentation on the current small business funding landscape and funding options to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start and build a scalable business in Calif

Presentation | San Leandro, CA
Thu, 02/28/2019 (All day) | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Join us for ELEVATE: A Procurement Symposium in Downey, CA!ELEVATE takes a holistic approach to preparing diverse suppliers on how to compete for contracting opportunities with government agencies and corporate America.

Tabling | Downey, CA
Mon, 03/04/2019 (All day) | 9 AM PST

Join Shasta Builder's Exchange and Small Business Majority for a free presentation that covers the state's new CalSavers Retirement Savings Program.

Presentation | Redding, CA

California Policy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | PDF icon Read the Agenda »

Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in California. California’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 21, 2018 | PDF icon Read the Letter

Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of SB 1235, which would become the first small business truth in lending law in the country. The bill would standardize disclosure of financing terms offered to small businesses to better inform borrowers about the financial implications of their loan offers, and it would serve as a model for other states to follow to better serve their small businesses.

Monday, June 4, 2018 | PDF icon Read the Letter

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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | PDF icon Read the Letter

Small Business Majority writes to urge the California Legislature to include funding for healthcare solutions in that will expand access to affordable coverage in the 2018-2019 State Budget. Some of the requests include: extending Medical access to all income-eligible undocumented adults and to consider enacting a California alternative to the ACA's individual mandate to maintain the robustness of the marketplaces.

California Research

Published:
Tue, 12/12/2017

Access to capital is consistently one of the most pressing issues for small business owners. A recent survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Small Business Majority found California small business owners are worried about predatory lending and agree that there should be stronger regulations on online lending. The poll was a national online survey of 500 small business owners with an oversample of 141 California small business owners and conducted between September 29 and October 4, 2017.

Published:
Wed, 02/24/2016
CA Retirement Infographic

A scientific opinion poll released by AARP and Small Business Majority shows a strong majority of California small business owners support the creation of a voluntary, portable retirement savings program that would allow employees to more easily save for their financial future. What's more, small business owners believe offering such a program to their employees would give their business a competitive edge.

Published:
Fri, 01/23/2015

Although large employers have been expanding wellness programs in recent years, small businesses have lagged in this endeavor. Since small businesses employ nearly 50% of all private-sector workers, any comprehensive expansion of wellness and prevention efforts must include a role for this large swath of private sector employers.