Are state lawmakers sometimes treated like celebrities? It seemed that way on Monday, October 7 when an enthusiastic small business owner jumped in front of the camera and stood shoulder-to- shoulder with four of the most powerful politicians in the state.
Did anyone get her name?
The occasion was Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton’s Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo, co-sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu, 28th District, Senator Roderick Wright, 35th District, and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, 67th Assembly District, this month in Torrance.
Don’t think the larger than expected crowd of 250 small business owners and entrepreneurs wasn’t impressed, hearing each sponsor talk about the importance of small business and how it affects the growth of California’s economy.
Chairman Horton encouraged every small business person in the room to “connect” with the important resources the state makes available to them---including how easy it is to start a business, where to find financing, how to handle an audit, where to find the latest on tax credits, and how the sky is the limit when it comes to growth.
Most of the business folk, some experienced; others just starting out, had specific questions about keeping current with sales and use tax payments, and who to call when they fall behind.
“If they leave with anything, I hope they leave knowing that they can’t be afraid to ask questions and find out where to go for help,” said Chairman Horton. “There’s no room for procrastination if you want your business to grow and prosper.”
Last year the state of California spent $10 billion dollars doing business with the private sector while the BOE, itself, helped 192,000 businesses get started.
As for the lady in the orange and black dress? No trick. It was all treats!