Since 2013, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has
declared the month of May as California Small Business Month and recognized the
importance of small businesses and entrepreneurs to the state, which is home to
the most small businesses in the U.S. – 3.8 million strong. In fact, California small businesses represent 99.8% of all businesses in the state. To commemorate California Small Business Month, the
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) hosts a series
of small business forums and webinars for the benefit of our small business
Small Business Forums Hosted by GO-Biz
CA Small Business Month
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: California State Capitol, South Steps, Sacramento
Small Business ADA
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Sierra SBDC 1020 10th Street, Suite 102, Modesto, CA
Join us for a special workshop for local small businesses on
American Disability Act compliance requirements and the various programs and
services that are available to help business owners. The workshop features a
panel presentation moderated by California Small Business Advocate Jesse Torres
and leadership from the California Commission on Disability Access, the
California Division of State Architects and the Valley Sierra Small Business
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration/Networking
9:30 - 9:35 a.m. Welcome
9:35 - 10:30 a.m. Panel Presentation
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Question and Answer
Panelists for the Panel Presentation include:
- Jesse Torres,
California Small Business Advocate (moderator)
- Ida Clair,
Senior Architect, CA Division of State Architects
- Angela Jemmott,
Executive Director, California Commission on Disability Access
- Kurtis Clark,
Director, Valley Sierra SBDC
Cybersecurity for Your
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA
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Co-hosted with the United States Secret Service and ScaleLA,
this special workshop focuses on best practices on protecting your small
business from cybersecurity threats. Featuring a panel of experts in
cybersecurity, small business and technology, the forum will provide actionable
steps on how to mitigate risk for your business.
6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Registration/Networking
6:30 - 6:45 p.m. Welcome
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Panel Presentation (Speakers
7:45 - 8:00 p.m. Questions and Answers
Disaster Preparedness for Your Small
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA
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This workshop will include information on state and federal disaster
planning and preparedness efforts for small businesses and communities, and how
to get involved with response and recovery efforts when a disaster occurs.
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Registration/Networking
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Panel Presentation (Speakers TBD)
10:30 -11:00 a.m. Questions and Answers
Webinars are scheduled for every Wednesday from
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. through May.
Starting a Business – Scott
May 3, 2017
on starting your own business, with resources from your local Small Business
Development Center (SBDC). SBDC’s are a statewide network of centers that
provide comprehensive business assistance through one-on-one, no-cost
consulting and low-cost workshops.
Access to Capital – Emily
May 10, 2017
Discussion on how small businesses can overcome the hurdle of
accessing capital by utilizing the programs available through the Small
Business Finance Center at the California Infrastructure and Economic
Development Bank (IBank).
Navigating the California
Business Portal – Danna Stapleton, GO-Biz
May 17, 2017
The California Business Portal provides information to business
owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, local
resources and more. A digital overview of the portal is provided by GO-Biz IT
with focus on its features and how to use it to start or grow your business.
Incentives and Tax Credits
– Bianca Sievers, CalBIS
May 24, 2017
An overview of the of incentive programs offered by the State of
California to encourage business development in California, including the
California Competes Tax Credit.
International Trade –
Diana Dominguez, GO-Biz
May 31, 2017
Providing information on export-related services, financing and
programs offered by the state and federal government, including grants for
trade/export promotion available under the State Trade and Export Promotion
(STEP) Program for small businesses.
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