California Small Business Owner Highlight

Southern Girl Desserts co-owners Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison

Southern Girl Desserts co-owners Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison

Any true Southerner will tell you that, when it comes to cooking, it’s all about the heart. There’s no need for those fancy, highfalutin culinary degrees when you’ve got decades of tradition and a little splash of love in the kitchen. That down-home, fuzzy-warm style of baking is exactly what Catarah Coleman and Shoneji Robison brought with them from the South to the mean streets of urban Los Angeles.

California Events

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 12:00pm PT

For many of California's smallest business owners, the Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL and other SBA loan programs were simply not accessible or sufficient to save their business.

Webinar | CA
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PT

Join Small Business Majority and the Franchise Consulting Company for a crash course in franchising your small business.

Webinar | CA
Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:00pm PT

In today’s world, where constant and unpredictable changes are the new norm, business owners are challenged to evolve rapidly while maintaining their core values.

Conference | CA
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 9:20am -10:00am PT

Latinas face a number of barriers to sustained financial security, including workplace retirement plan access.

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California Research

Published:
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.

Published:
Tue, 04/21/2020
Business closed

It’s no secret that California has been hard hit by the spread of COVID-19, with a vast 2.7 million applying for unemployment in the past four weeks, and the impacts have been particularly severe on small businesses that have seen their revenues take a nosedive overnight. With the economy on pause, Main Street has been left to cope with how to stay afloat during this unprecedented time.

Published:
Tue, 03/10/2020
Paid Family Leave photo

California Governor Newsom and state policymakers are discussing options to further expand California's Paid Family Leave program and ensure more Californians are able to utilize it by increasing wage replacement, extending the amount of leave time available and expanding job protection status for parental leave. As with any discussion of workplace benefits and employment laws, the impact to small business is central to this debate. New scientific opinion polling sheds light on their views on the different proposals and reveals they are in fact supportive of numerous options on the table.