Monday, May 20, 2013


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an official proclamation declaring the month of May as ‘California Small Business Month.’

“This month, we reaffirm our commitment to helping California’s small businesses thrive and prosper,” said Governor Brown. “The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, along with key agencies of state government, works to facilitate economic growth through collaboration with small businesses. Supporting small-scale private- sector job creators is among our most promising strategies to enhance California’s human capital, expand job opportunities and increase our competitive advantage in the global marketplace.”

As part of Small Business Month, California Small Business Advocate Barbara Vohryzek yesterday spoke to a wide array of business owners, city leaders, and small business advocates at San Francisco’s Small Business Week event. Vohryzek recognized the contributions and importance of California’s 3.5 million small business owners, the largest amount of any state.

“As the single biggest business sector of our state, California’s small businesses have been the foundation of our state’s continuing – and accelerating – recovery,” said Small Business Advocate Barbara Vohryzek. “As California’s Small Business Advocate I am proud to serve and support these dynamic business owners across the Golden State.”

Brown’s proclamation highlights the importance of the state’s 3.5 million small businesses which comprise 99 percent of all firms and employ 52 percent of the workforce. GO-Biz works closely with small business owners to provide resources and technical assistance, help them navigate the State’s regulatory and procurement processes. The Small Business Advocate has held a series of “GO-Biz Brown Bag It!” events across the state on issues crucial to California small businesses including implementing the Affordable Care Act, access to training funds, GO-Biz support services and more. The full text of the proclamation can be found HERE.

About GO-Biz
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit:

To learn more about how the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber and the ASBDC can help your small your small business, visit

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