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

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm PT

As you prepare to transition your business into a recovery or growth phase, it is essential that you prepare your financial documentation in the event that you need to apply for a grant or loan.

Webinar | CA
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 11:00am PT

Small businesses across California are losing customers or being forced to temporarily close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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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
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:

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California Policy

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California Research

Published:
Tue, 04/21/2020
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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
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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. 

Published:
Tue, 03/12/2019
California Healthcare Poll

California small business owners broadly support proposed healthcare reforms that would expand access and address affordability, according to new scientific opinion polling. The poll found large majorities of California small business owners support expanding the existing system of premium subsidies to help more people purchase insurance. They also broadly support other proposals aimed at addressing underlying cost and affordability issues across the healthcare system.