Cheryl Brown’s office sent this press release, which even though this is not a news site nor an aggregator, the readership might be interested in reading this information, since the only other place I have seen it is in the Black Voice News:

    In recognition of Small Business Saturday on November 24, Assemblymember-Elect Cheryl R. Brown (D-47) patronized small businesses located in the 47thAssembly District to encourage everyone to shop local and shop small.

    “I’ve owned a small business for almost 40 years and I understand the challenges and sacrifices that business owners encounter daily. I deeply admire and respect the contributions that our small businesses make to the communities in our district,” said Brown.

    Small Business Saturday has attracted millions of consumers nationwide since its formation in 2010. Small Business Saturday occurs annually between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and encourages the nation to celebrate their local businesses by “shopping small.”

    “Reportedly, two-thirds of jobs in the 47th District are provided by small businesses,” said Brown. “And nationally for the last two decades small businesses have created two of every three jobs in the United States.”

    Encouraging small business growth and job creation are among Brown’s top legislative priorities for 2013.

    “Promoting small business growth and job creation is important to me because our district suffers from some of the highest unemployment rates in the state,” said Brown.“In many of our sectors, the unemployment rate has reached double digits. We have to look at how we can create more jobs and strengthen our local economy.”

    “Government policies can pave the way for small businesses to thrive,” said Brown.

    Assemblymember-Elect Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes San Bernardino, Rialto, Colton, Bloomington, Fontana, and Grand Terrace.

    And because I try to add value and not just aggregate information found elsewhere, as a small business owner, and since I have small business clients, I am glad to see Assemblymember-Elect Brown visit local businesses and promoting small businesses.

    While this site focuses on electoral politics, there is certainly a role that government, particularly the California state government can have to be friendly to small business owners.  Many business owners state that they do not like government interference in our free enterprise system, but large businesses often use regulations as barriers to entry for smaller competitors.

    As far as the State Legislature, I would like to point out one law that was passed, AB 1616, which can spur the creation of micro-businesses in at least one field.  The findings of the bill that created this new law are:

    (a) Small businesses have played an important role in helping slow economies recover and prosper as an engine of job creation. During the 1990s, small businesses created the majority of new jobs and now account for 65 percent of United States employment.
    (b) California, and the United States as a whole, are facing growing obesity and obesity-related disease epidemics.
    (1) Two-thirds of American adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight, placing them at risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
    (2) One in every nine California children, one in three teens, and over half of adults are already overweight or obese. This epidemic affects virtually all Californians.
    (3) These health conditions are preventable and curable through lifestyle choices that include consumption of healthy fresh foods.
    (c) For decades, low-income and rural communities have faced limited opportunities to purchase healthy foods. Often, without cars or convenient public transportation options, low-income residents in these areas must rely for much of their shopping on expensive, fatty, processed foods sold at convenience and corner stores.
    (d) There is a growing movement in California to support community-based food production, sometimes referred to as “cottage food,” “artisanal food,” “slow food,” “locally based food,” or “urban agriculture” movements. These movements seek to connect food to local communities, small businesses, and environmental sustainability.
    (e) Increased opportunities for entrepreneur development through microenterprises can help to supplement household incomes, prevent poverty and hunger, and strengthen local economies.
    (f) At least 32 other states have passed laws that allow small business entrepreneurs to use their home kitchens to prepare, for sale, foods that are not potentially hazardous.
    (g) Even some bake sales are currently illegal in California.
    (h) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact a homemade food act specifically designed to help address these challenges and opportunities.
    In that spirit, I wish Assemblymember-Elect Brown good luck in her new term, and sincere wishes that more can be done in the spirit of AB1616 in deregulating the barriers to starting and sustaining new businesses.  As an assemblymember, Cheryl Brown can write laws that help middle class Californians and micro and small businesses expand their businesses without weakening consumer or health and safety protections.



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