Sen. Cannella Hosts Small Business Advisory Council Meeting in Modesto

Local Small-Business Owners Discuss Challenges in Starting, Growing a Business in California
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Building on his commitment to creating jobs and growing the economy by fostering a healthy business climate, State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today hosted a Small Business Advisory Council (SBAC) in Modesto with local small-business owners to discuss the challenges they face in this tough economy and what the state can do to make it easier for homegrown enterprises to grow and succeed in California.

“As a small-business owner myself, I know firsthand just how tough it can be to start and grow a business here in California – and that’s exacerbated not only by a slow economy, but also by the frustrating hurdles constructed in Sacramento that can slow growth and hamper the success of our state’s enterprises,” said Sen. Cannella. “Our priority must continue to be getting people back to work, and that requires making it easier for small businesses to launch and flourish in our state. Today’s meeting provided an important opportunity to hear directly from local small-business owners about the challenges they’re facing and their proposed solutions to get California’s economy moving again.”

Sponsored by the California Small Business Association (CSBA), the SBAC provides a forum for small-business owners to emphasize the major issues that impact their operations, discuss the state legislative climate and outline small businesses’ policy priorities. Topics discussed during the meeting in Modesto included the burden on small businesses caused by environmental regulations, increasing workers’ compensation costs and other costly compliance issues.

“We greatly appreciate Sen. Cannella’s taking the time to learn more about the challenges small businesses in his district and across the state face and his continued efforts to improve California’s business climate,” said Rank Investigation and Protection President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Rank. “By keeping the lines of communication open about these key issues, we can work together to achieve consensus on policies that will help ensure small businesses can continue to thrive and do what we do best: create jobs and grow the economy.”

Small businesses comprise 99.2 percent of all employer firms in California and account for more than 50 percent of California’s new job creation. CSBA works with members of the California State Legislature to hold SBACs in their districts, providing a small-business perspective on current legislative matters and establishing a forum through which legislative staff can hear from their constituents and discuss potential solutions to the many issues affecting small-business owners.

“Unfortunately, many small-business owners have had sleepless nights wondering how they were going to make payroll the next morning,” said California Small Business Association President Betty Jo Toccoli. “Educating legislators on the issues facing small-business owners will help them become better advocates in Sacramento and help work toward a better business climate in our state.”

CSBA was founded as an outgrowth of the 1980 White House Conference on Small Business and today boasts more than 200,000 members across California. It is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to provide small business with a meaningful voice in state and federal governments.