The Office of the Small Business Advocate (OSBA) provides information and assistance to small businesses so they can succeed in the California marketplace.  OSBA hosts workshops and webinars on varying topics.  In partnership with GO-Biz’s Permit Assistance Unit, OSBA also convenes a State interagency working group to represent small business interests in the state’s regulatory policies.

OSBA’s website provides a centralized list of small business resources for state procurement, loan programs, and business planning.  Depending on the issue, OSBA’s staff can also refer small businesses to appropriate contacts in state government.

For additional information on OSBA's activities, please review our 2014-15 report to the Governor and Legislature at the link below:
OSBA & MIC Annual Report 2014-2015


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the CA Made Program

CA Made is a state labeling program designed to encourage consumer product awareness and to promote the purchase of products manufactured in California.  The statute underlying the program is available here. GO-Biz is required to develop regulations to provide a framework for operating the program.  Draft regulations were submitted by GO-Biz to the Office of Administrative Law on June 2, 2015. The rulemaking documents are below.

CA Made Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

CA Made Final Draft Regulations

CA Made Final Draft Initial Statement of Reasons

In order for a business to use the CA Made label on its products, the statute requires products to be “Made in U.S.A.” as defined in Section 17533.7 of the Business and Professions Code.n addition, 51 percent or more of the value added must be produced in California.  To verify compliance with these requirements, businesses must obtain third-party certification prior to applying to GO-Biz to use the CA Made label.  

Program enrollment is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2015.

For more information on the CA Made Program, please view GO-Biz’s 2014 Made in California Report.