New support for small businesses and entrepreneurs visiting California


Sacramento – Supporting economic growth and opportunity, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the signing of legislation to promote small businesses and encourage employee entrepreneurship.

The bills signed today will be:

  • Codify the 25% small business target for state procurement and increase the ability of state agencies to include small and under-served businesses in state contracts.

  • Provide assistance to transfer the business to employee ownership.

  • Allow nonprofit theaters and radio stations to sell alcoholic beverages during live events.

  • Let craft distillers ship directly to consumers.

  • Establish grant programs to support the performing arts through payroll reimbursement.

  • Strengthen franchise security to level the playing field and combat discrimination.

“California has invested billions of dollars in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs achieve their California Dream,” Governor Newsom said. “These new laws build on our efforts to create a more inclusive economy with new opportunities for innovation and growth for the nation’s largest small business community. I am the leader of the legislature and the backbone of our economy to help thrive Thank you for doing it.”

The full list of bills in the package can be found here:

  • AB 631 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) – Alcoholic Beverage Control: License: Non-profit Cultural Film Exhibition Companies.

  • AB 676 – Franchise by Member of the Assembly Chris Holden (D-Pasadena).

  • AB 920 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguir-Curry (D-Winters) – Craft Distillers: Direct Shipping.

  • AB 2019 – Small Business Enterprises by Member of Assembly Coty Petri-Norris (D-Laguna Beach).

  • SB 1116 by Senator Anthony Portantino (De-La Canada Flintridge) – Arts Council: The Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund. A signature message can be found here.

  • SB 1370 by Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) – Alcoholic Beverages: Licensee.

  • SB 1407 by Senator Josh Baker (D-Menlo Park) – California Employee Ownership Act.

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For the full text of the bills, visit: