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State Officials to Kick Off Small Business Month at the California State Capitol

GO-Biz Director, State Small Business Advocate, Legislative Leaders and Local Business Owners Launch Month of Statewide Events

Sacramento, Calif.The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is holding a press conference to formally declare the month of May as California Small Business Month. The event will feature the GO-Biz Director, Panorea Avdis; State Small Business Advocate, Jesse Torres; Legislative leaders from across the state. Small Business Month is an annual event that celebrates entrepreneurs nationwide for their contributions to the economy. Each year, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. declares the month of May as California Small Business Month and recognizes the importance of small businesses and entrepreneurs to the state, which is home 3.8 million small businesses – most in the US. In fact, California small businesses represent 99.8 percent of all businesses in the state.  GO-Biz and our partners are also announcing a series of free events in the month of May for small businesses to gain valuable information and resources to help them succeed. 

Monday, May 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
California State Capitol
South Side Steps


  • Panorea Avdis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Jesse Torres, State Small Business Advocate
  • Kevin De Leon, President Pro Tem (Invited)
  • Toni Atkins, Senator
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblymember
  • Jim Cooper, Assemblymember
  • Eduardo Garcia, Assemblymember
  • Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of the California Community Colleges 
  • Jason Poole, Founder, Preservation and Co
  • David Gull, Founder, New Helvetia Brewing
  • Jared Hill, Founder, Aloha Products

Media Availability: 

State officials and company representatives are available for interviews. Please RSVP to

About the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz):

GO-Biz serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.

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