News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2016
NR 44-16-DH

Celebrate National Small Business Week Early at a Free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Orange County

Westminster – Orange County business owners can get a jump start on National Small Business Week at a free Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo in Westminster on Friday, April 29, 2016, hosted by Board of Equalization (BOE) Vice Chair Diane Harkey.

"Small businesses are critical to the economic health of our state and make up over 99 percent of all private firms in California," said Vice Chair Harkey. "My goal is to help entrepreneurs be successful and proactive by helping them understand and maneuver California's complicated tax laws."

Assemblywoman Young Kim, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do, Westminster City Councilman Tyler Diep, Orange County Board of Education Member Robert M. Hammond, and Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias are co-sponsoring this small business seminar.

Although National Small Business Week, hosted by the United States Small Business Administration, runs May 1 through 7, the BOE has seminars and classes year round to the help entrepreneurs dream big and start small. No matter what type of business you may want to start or expand—restaurant, auto-repair garage, convenience store, or construction contractor—attendees will receive assistance on complying with state and federal tax laws.

At this BOE seminar, representatives from the Board of Equalization, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, and Small Business Development Center will conduct presentations and answer questions about sales and use tax, employee taxes, forms of ownership, and recordkeeping.

Central Orange County Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo

Friday, April 29, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Westminster Civic Center
East West Room
8200 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CA 92683
Free parking

1-888-847-9652 or online

Learn more about a variety of other BOE in-person classes and online seminars.

Chair Diane L. Harkey was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014 to represent the Fourth Equalization District, which includes approximately 9.5 million Californians located in Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties, and a portion of San Bernardino County. Previously, Ms. Harkey served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014. As a Member of the State Assembly, she served as Vice Chair for the Assembly Committees on Revenue and Taxation and Appropriations. Ms. Harkey graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.