JEDE Small Busienss Roundtable on July 9, 2020

During the course of the conference call we will be referring to documents and links on this page and the JEDE COVID-19 Resource Page.

The July 9, 2020, agenda is included within this PowerPoint.  The primary topics are related to the California's response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 epidemic.  These issues include:

  1. Strategies for Economic Recovery

  2. Significant Issues Facing Small Businesses

  3. Service and Program Delivery Challenges in Meeting Small Business Needs  

  4. Economic and Workforce Development Items in California State Budget for FY 2020-21

  5. Economic and Workforce-Related Legislation

Partner Links Used in the Meeting:

  • Isabel Guzman, California Small Business Advocate, discussed the launch of Calling all Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal.

  • Matt Horton, Milken Institute, updated roundtable participants on the Milken Institute's regional recovery model to scale regional competitiveness through core competency investment and employer engagement.

  • Lisa Countryman-Quiroz, Jewish Vocational Services, discussed her organization's work during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an upcoming project to support small business recovery through workforce training.

  • Cherly Slobodian, CMTC, prepared an update on the COVID-19 activities of the California Manufacturing Technology Consortium, including resources available through their website. The $6.1 million CMTC was awarded from the CARES Act has allowed the organization to really expand outreach and technical assistance to the manufacturing sector throughout California.

  • Phil Vermeulin, advocate for small businesses and DVBEs, discussed three procurement issues, including the need to update the Target Area Contract Procurement Act incentive to better meet the challenges of COVID-19, add a microenterprise component to the small business procurement provisions for public works contracts, and reinstatement of a provision in perishable food contracts relating to minimum food purchases under the contract.

  • Betty Jo Toccoli, California Small Business Association, briefed the participants on three of the top issues her organization has hearing a lot about from small businesses, including the rising cost of insurance and potential lawsuits related to COVID-19, concerns over the rise in property taxes, and the impact of the California Supreme Court decision and legislation related to the status of independent contractors.

  • Pat Fong Kushida, California Asian Chamber of Commerce, provided an update on the Chamber's 8 point recovery plan. 

Keep Connected to the Small Business Advocate and GO-Biz

The California Small Business Advocate, GO-Biz, and OPR are partnering on a range of activities, including weekly webinars and videos.  You can stay connected through the following channels below:


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