California Director Mark Herbert testified before the Assembly Committee on Health to voice support for proactive solutions to ensure all of California’s small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs have access to quality, affordable healthcare. AB 2459 would significantly improve affordability for thousands of middle-income individuals and families, including many entrepreneurs and small business employees.
SBM voiced supports for California Bill SB 1021, which which would extend the cap on prescription drug copays indefinitely by eliminating sunset provisions on current law. The cap is currently set to expire in 2019.
On April 18, Small Business Majority CEO John Arensmeyer testified before the California Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions in support of SB 1235, which would create regulations for new sources of alternative lending in California. The testimony explained that such regulation is widely supported by small business owners, as it would protect them from predatory lending practices.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter to the California Assembly in support of California's Homemade Food Operartions Act (AB 626), which will help legitimize and create a legal framework for microenterprise home kitchen operations in the state. It will improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy by legalizing small-scale home food operations and ensuring health and safety standards. Finally, the bill will enable home cooks—mostly women, immigrants, and people of color—to use their skills to generate income.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of California's net neutrality bill (SB 460), which would enforce net neutrality at the state level. It allows the state to ensure internet service providers (ISPs) are allowing equal access to the network.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter in support of California's Health Care Market Fairness Act of 2017 (SB 538), which would lower costs and improve value for California's entrepreneurs and the more than six million Californians who work for small businesses. It seeks to ensure lower costs by changing hospital contracting practices.
Mark Herbert, California Director for Small Business Majority, submitted a letter in support of the California Prompt Payment bill (AB 1552), which would require all public utilities to promptly pay vendors that submit valid invoices. Prompt payment measures such as this will help small businesses compete more effectively in bidding processes for contracts. The bill requires that public utilities will be required to pay vendor invoices within 30 days.
Candace Combs is a spa owner on a mission, working to heal her customers and make massage more accessible to her community.
“What we do isn’t designed just to relax you, but to physically help you,” Candace said. “People need massage in their lives.”
Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support for California's Truth in Lending Act (SB 1235) under consideration by the California Senate. This bill would require standard disclosure methods for the terms of a loan offered to a business, allowing a small business owner to make a better informed decision about loan offers.
The Northern California Small Business Development Center Network is one of five regions providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today's challenging economic climate. Direct and personalized technical assistance is provided to small business owners through professional consulting, supplemented by low-cost or free seminars and conferences. These services are delivered throughout Northern California via an extensive network of eighteen Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).