Small business needs our help

Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News California’s small businesses employ over 7 million people and make up 95% of all businesses in this region. Most employ less than 100 workers, and businesses with four employees or less comprise 65% of the total, such as a neighborhood grocery or restaurant. The problems I encountered running my small retail business are what first led me to run for public office. Before the pandemic, business in California was booming. Now small businesses are suffering. Many have shut down, completely or partially, and thousands of workers have lost their jobs. This session, the Legislature adopted measures aimed at supporting businesses and helping workers keep their jobs. For example, I was proud to support Senate Bill 1447, which provi
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