CA SB 74 Gives Hope to Small Business Owners Floundering Due to Lock-Downs

Touch Base Tuesday was happy to host Nick Gaines, the Field Representative for Senator Henry Stern‘s office.  You can follow Senator Stern on Twitter   Mr. Gains presented on Keep California Working Act — also known as Senate Bill 74 —  a bipartisan relief package that would provide $2.6 billion in grants small businesses and non-profit organizations that have experienced economic hardship as a result of restrictions brought on by COVID-19.  Nancy Hoffman of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce co-chaired this event.

It was great to see our friends who attended, Kevin Scott from ITS Telecom, Augustus Sutherland from Augustus Sutherland Bookkeeping and Tax Service.  Nick Montano was able to break free from the Lunch Rush at Los Toros to join us.  Shawn Tiberio from Top Results Consulting, Barbara Baldwin of Baldwin Tax and Accounting Services, and myself, R. Grace Rodriguez, Esq. also were in attendance.

Our neighborhood councils were also representing today with Asaad Alnajjar from the Porter ranch Neighborhood Counsel and Vicki Briskman of the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council attending.

Andrea Manning from BNI has volunteered to Host our next meeting, and she will have a prize to give away to a lucky winner in attendance.  It was great to see Andrea today.  Andrea was our lucky prize winner sponsored by Craig Scher from HVAC Consulting Solutions

Thank you all for attending this great meeting.  Hope to see you again next Tuesday!

Next week on Tap:  2/16/2021 – Welcome newly elected Assembly Member Suzette Martinez Valladares (R) for 38th Assembly District.

She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, the granddaughter of a farmworker who worked alongside Cesar Chavez in the vineyards near Bakersfield. She was blessed with loving parents who valued education, family and community responsibility.

Suzette worked her first part-time job at Six Flags Magic Mountain. After college, she remained close to home serving as a district representative for former local Congressman Buck McKeon. During that time she was honored as a “SCV 40 under Forty” by the Santa Clarita Business Journal. In 2012, Suzette left the public sector and became Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks. Her career is based on serving others, with a passion for early childhood education and advocacy.

After her mother’s passing in 2018, Suzette was asked to assume her mother’s role as CEO of Little Steps of Faith, a faith-based non-profit preschool that provides quality childcare to underserved families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

Suzette was elected to the California State Assembly with 76% of the vote in November 2020. Assemblywoman Valladares was selected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee, and on the Assembly Committees on the Budget (Education Finance, Public Safety Subcommittees), Communications and Conveyance, Rules, and Higher Education.

Suzette and her husband Shane live in Santa Clarita with their daughter Charlotte.

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