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 community. 

Small Business Forums Hosted by GO-Biz

CA Small Business Month News Conference

Date: Monday, May 1, 2017  

Time: 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Location: California State Capitol, South Steps, Sacramento


Small Business ADA Compliance Workshop

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 

Location: Valley 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 Development Center.


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 Small Business

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA


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 TBD)

7:45 - 8:00 p.m.      Questions and Answers


Disaster Preparedness for Your Small Business

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Location: 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA

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



Webinar Series

Webinars are scheduled for every Wednesday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. through May.

Starting a Business – Scott Rogalski, SBDC 

May 3, 2017

An overview 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.
View the Recorded Webinar

Access to Capital – Emily Burgos, IBank
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).
View the Recorded Webinar 

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. 
View the Recorded Webinar

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. View the Recorded Webinar

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.
View the Recorded Webinar