Legislation by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) to establish a “one-stop-shop” Internet website for individuals to use as a tool in obtaining the necessary permits and licenses to start a business was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The bill, SB 1327, was designed to help individuals wanting to start a new business to navigate California’s complex regulatory system by streamlining the application process.
“I want to thank Governor Brown for signing SB 1327 into law. As a small business owner, I have firsthand knowledge of how confusing and time-consuming it is to work through our state bureaucracy,” said Senator Cannella. “Especially during this tough economy, state bureaucracy should not be a burden on small businesses that do not have the resources needed to navigate California’s complex permitting and licensing system. This new website will be a big step in the right direction.”
In recent years, many different surveys and organizations have named California’s business climate as one of the worst in the nation due to issues such as high regulatory costs and high levels of state and local government debt. These problems all negatively affect the economy but perhaps those hardest hit are small businesses. There are approximately 3.4 million small businesses in California, representing 99.2% of the state’s employers and 52.1% of California’s private-sector employment.
“Any startup business has a primary focus of getting their product to the marketplace. Wading through unnecessarily complex permitting processes only wastes valuable human and financial resources,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “We applaud Senator Cannella for helping ease the burdens facing California’s small businesses.”
“The one thing we hear time and time again from our members is how difficult it is to navigate state government. We are pleased by Senator Cannella’s efforts to create a one-stop shop and cut red tape,” said John Kabateck, the Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business/California. “This mirrors what other states have already been doing successfully and makes it easier on California’s job creators to build their business.”