News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016
NR 54-16-M

Free Small Business and Resource Seminar Coming to Santa Clara

Sacramento – Business owners, entrepreneurs, and people who would like to learn about running a successful business are invited to attend a free Small Business and Resource Seminar in Santa Clara on Friday, June 17, 2016.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairwoman Fiona Ma, CPA is sponsoring the event with State Senator Bob Wieckowski, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Supervisor Dave Cortese, Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor, Assessor Lawrence E. Stone, and the City of Santa Clara.

"Running a small business can be challenging," said Chairwoman Fiona Ma. "My goal is to provide California's small business owners with strategies to succeed in today’s economy."

Those looking for assistance with state and federal tax laws and expanding their business knowledge will benefit from this event's informative presentations. Topics include basic sales and use tax, loan programs and services, forms of ownership, and recordkeeping. Representatives from the BOE, U.S. Small Business Administration, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Development Center, and GO-Biz have been invited to conduct presentations and answer questions.

Small Business and Resource Seminar

Friday, June 17, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

City of Santa Clara City Council Chambers
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Free parking

For more information about the Santa Clara Small Business and Resource Seminar on June 17th, please call (415) 557-3000.

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

Note: The audio PSA and script are available for your use.

Board Member Fiona Ma, CPA, was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014, to represent the Second Equalization District. She represents 9.5 million residents in many of California's coastal counties, from Del Norte to Santa Barbara, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Ma served in the California State Assembly from 2006 to 2012, serving as the first Asian woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore since 1850. While in the Assembly, Ms. Ma focused on improving California, authoring legislation to create jobs and grow the state's economy. As an Executive Board Member of the National Conference of State Legislators, she worked to keep California's economy competitive with other states. Ms. Ma has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California since 1992. For more information, visit

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.