California kicks off Small Business Month, highlights loan program


SACRAMENTO – California Small Business Month was officially kicked off today at the Capitol, with an announcement that could jump start the state’s small businesses.

“California small businesses drive every facet of the California economy, and provide half of all the jobs in the state,” Panorea Avdis, Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), said in a statement. “We are proud to announce that later this month, the state is launching the new Jump Start program.”

The program will make direct loans to small business owners ranging from as little as $500 to as much as $10,000. The aim of the loans is to help aid recipients in reaching the next level of their business. The loan process will begin May 9.

“California has over 3.8 million small businesses operating in the state – most of any state in the union,” Gov. Jerry Brown said during a proclamation for the statewide recognition of California Small Business Month. “This month we reaffirm our commitment to helping … small businesses launch and prosper.”

During May, a series of free events to help small business owners gain the information and resources they need will be held via the California Community Colleges. Events, times and locations can be found at

One of those events will be held in Modesto tomorrow:

Small Business ADA Compliance Workshop
9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Valley Sierra SBDC
1020 10th St., Ste. 102
Modesto, CA

The event is free. To attend, register online by clicking here.

GO-Biz serves as a point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners. For more information visit


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