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Incorporating Feedback from Inland Empire Small Business Owners, Majority Leader Reyes Announces Bill to Increase Access to State Resources

Reyes’s survey respondents shared their need for a way to find grants, technical assistance, tax incentives and other financial opportunities.

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(SACRAMENTO) — On February 27, Assembly Majority Leader Reyes issued a survey to small businesses across the Inland Empire and beyond, asking for feedback on their needs. Thanks to their feedback, Reyes is announcing new legislation, AB 258, which would create a state-administered small business portal. The portal would create a place for small business owners to search for opportunities such as technical assistance, grants, tax credits and incentives, and information on regulation compliance. It would also include a simple way for state agencies to find and partner with state-certified small businesses, with an emphasis on ones owned by veterans, women, and minorities.

“Thank you to the small business owners who provided their insight into the assistance that would best support their work,” said Reyes. “The long term success of California relies on small businesses. I am proud to introduce this bill because I know it reflects the needs of Inland Empire small businesses and will also benefit the entire state.”

The legislation is likely to receive its first vote in April.

Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, the Majority Leader of the California State Assembly, is available for interviews in Spanish and English. She represents Assembly District 50, which includes all or parts of the cities of Colton, Fontana, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino, as well as unincorporated Bloomington.