Committee Approves Quirk-Silva’s Small Business and Jobs Package Advances

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, six bills authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) passed major legislative hurdles on their way to helping California’s number-one job creators and innovators: small businesses.  Among other accomplishments, Assembly Bills (AB) 767, 1547, 1561, 2463, 2596, and 2687 include the establishment of the Small Business Assistance Expansion Program, the California Economic Development Strategic Action Plan, and the Master Business License Center.

Collectively, these efforts will open the global marketplace to California’s small business owners, simplify requirements and regulations owners must meet to do business in the state, and make discovering and submitting required forms more accessible to business owners through a one-stop-shop online platform.  These bills would also expand assistance available to veteran-, women-, and minority-owned businesses; prepare the state, its employers, and its labor force for future natural disasters and a rapidly shifting economic landscape; and ultimately rally California’s economy around a unified brand of business friendliness and economic justice highlighting to the world the unique strengths the golden state has to offer.

With today’s successes, California’s small businesses can be assured that their state government is pushing forward a collection of measures to comprehensively address their concerns.  I have heard directly from Californian small businesses, chambers of commerce, and state resource agencies about the need to comprehensively address the concerns of the backbone of our economy; California’s small businesses,” said Quirk-Silva. “These reforms are forward-looking, and make sense for today’s, and tomorrow’s, economies, and give opportunities to people with entrepreneurial spirits and the will to work hard for the American dream.”

AB 1561 was referred from the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and will be heard next on the Senate floor.

AB 767, 1547, 2463, 2596, and 2687, passed the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, on a bipartisan vote of 9 to 0 and will be heard next in the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Quirk-Silva is also working with small business and economic development groups, such as the Orange County Business Council, to have the Small Business Assistance Expansion Program adopted through the budget.