Help Us Advance Entrepreneurship

The California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF). supported by CalOSBA, serves as a working group to share ideas and solutions to propel California’s next generation of innovative entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses, and to ensure that ALL California startups and firms have access to resources to grow or scale.

The Entrepreneurship Task Force is engaging in an historic conversation about what California can do to maintain its global leadership, strengthen its resilience, and strengthen an inclusive startup and innovation culture to build the future economy.

The Task Force is supported by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) and serves as a bridge to SMBs to help California maintain its entrepreneurial and innovation leadership.

The California Entrepreneurship Task Force has launched a series of COVID-19 Rapid Response Virtual Sessions to engage with fellow small business owners and entrepreneurs across our state. We recognize that it is critical that small businesses and entrepreneurs–– so many of whom are impacted by the pandemic–– have access to information and resources, as well as connection to a community of fellow leaders to discuss issues, challenges and barriers.  We hope you will join us in these discussions.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Sessions:

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Entrepreneurship Task Force

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Dilawar Syed

President and CEO, Lumiata, Chair of the Entrepreneurship Task Force

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Isabel Guzman

Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate, State Government Lead

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Dawn Barry

President and Co-founder, LunaPBC

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Jamin Brazil

Co-founder and Advisor, Valley Innovations

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Nely Galán

Founder, Galan Entertainment

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Ryan Gales

CEO, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc.

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Jay Goth

Managing Partner, Murrieta Genomics

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Charles Hudson

Managing Partner and Founder, Precursors Ventures

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Shelly Kapoor Collins

General Partner, Shatter Fund

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Kusum Kavia

Co-Founder and President, Combustion Associates, Inc.

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Bismarck Lepe

Founder and CEO, Wizeline

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Teddy Liaw

CEO, NexRep

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Irma Olguin, Jr

CEO and Co-Founder, Bitwise Industries

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Carmen Palafox

Partner, MiLA Capital 

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Patricia Röckenwagner

Co-founder, The Röckenwagner Bakery Group

Entrepreneurship Task Force

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Dilawar Syed

President and CEO, Lumiata, Chair of the Entrepreneurship Task Force

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Isabel Guzman

Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate, State Government Lead

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Dawn Barry

President and Co-founder, LunaPBC

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Jamin Brazil

Co-founder and Advisor, Valley Innovations

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Nely Galán

Founder, Galan Entertainment

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Ryan Gales

CEO, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc.

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Jay Goth

Managing Partner, Murrieta Genomics

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Charles Hudson

Managing Partner and Founder, Precursors Ventures

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Shelly Kapoor Collins

General Partner, Shatter Fund

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Kusum Kavia

Co-Founder and President, Combustion Associates, Inc.

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Bismarck Lepe

Founder and CEO, Wizeline

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Teddy Liaw

CEO, NexRep

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Irma Olguin, Jr

CEO and Co-Founder, Bitwise Industries

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Carmen Palafox

Partner, MiLA Capital

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Patricia Röckenwagner

Co-founder, The Röckenwagner Bakery Group