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30 May, 2016

California hails Small Businesses as “economic engines”

SACRAMENTO, Calif., (BUSINESS WIRE), 25 May 2016 -Today, over 20 California governmental agencies, 25 small business organizations and 90 California State Legislators come together to recognize small business owners from across the state for their hard work and success. The annual event honors a few of the millions of small businesses that serve as the economic engine of California. With small businesses contributing to 75% of California’s Gross State Product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs, small businesses are engrained in California’s communities and economy.

California Small Business Day™ is a special day for small business owners to connect with government agencies, elected officials and businesses that can help them succeed and grow. In addition to a morning exhibition where small businesses learn about new and existing state and private sector programs, California Small Business Day™ 2016 includes speeches from California State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on the importance of small business.

“As the economy continues to bounce back, we are excited to engage in a dialogue with California’s leading policy makers about sustaining economic growth for the small business community,” said Betty Jo Toccoli, President of the California Small Business Association. “Today is about recognizing small business’ contribution to the state’s economy.”

The day’s highlight is an award luncheon, where representatives from the California State Legislature present a “Small Business of the Year” award to a small business owner from their district.

California Small Business Day™ concludes with a networking reception, hosted by the Latin Business Association, where small business owners connect with one another. During the networking reception, small business owners also have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the State Capitol, hosted by the California Asian Chamber of Commerce.

California Small Business Day™ was created by House Resolution 57 in 2000. Volunteer small business organizations throughout the state come together to host the event in Sacramento each year.