News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
October 20, 2016
NR 85-16-M

Free Veterans Small Business Seminar Coming to Millbrae

Millbrae – Veterans who own a business or would like to start one are invited to attend a free San Mateo Veterans Small Business Seminar in Millbrae on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairwoman Fiona Ma is sponsoring the event with State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, San Mateo County Assessor Mark Church, the City of Millbrae, and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

Those looking for assistance with state and federal tax laws, as well as those who want to expand their business knowledge, will benefit from the informative presentations. Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and Franchise Tax Board will conduct the presentations and answer questions. Topics include contracts with the State of California, veterans' business exemptions, and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

"As veterans come home and try to adjust to their life after service, it is important that they have access to resources and information to be successful," said Chairwoman Ma. "This event and the information shared is just a small token of our appreciation for their service."

San Mateo Veterans Small Business Seminar

Wednesday November 2, 2016

9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

David J. Chetcuti Community Room
450 Poplar Avenue
Millbrae, CA 94030

1-888-847-9652 or Register online

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

Note: This audio PSA is 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.