Small Business Saturday

As the biggest holiday shopping season approaches, I encourage you to shop local whenever you can. This year, Saturday, November 28 is known as "Small Business Saturday" as a way to show support for our many local small businesses.

One of the best investments we can make in our community is supporting local businesses. Local business owners are the backbone of California's economy.

To learn more about state resources that support small businesses, please visit the Office of the Small Business Advocate (OSBA).  The OSBA provides information and assistance to small businesses so they can succeed in the California marketplace. In partnership with GO-Biz's Permit Assistance Unit, OSBA also convenes a State interagency working group to represent small business interests in the state's regulatory policies.

OSBA's website provides a centralized list of small business resources for state procurement, loan programs, and business planning.  Depending on the issue, OSBA's staff can also refer small businesses to appropriate contacts in state government.

Contact my office or click here to learn about resources for small business owners.

Alameda County Small Business Development Center
www.acsbdc.org.

Oakland Grown
http://www.oaklandgrown.org/

Downtown San Leandro Improvement Association
http://downtownsanleandro.com/