News Release

Contact: Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2017
NR 13-17-M

Free Small Business and Resource Seminar Coming to Fairfield

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 Fairfield on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Fiona Ma, CPA, is sponsoring the event with State Senator Bill Dodd, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Fairfield Mayor Harry T. Price, Solano County Assessor Marc Tonnesen, and the City of Fairfield.

"It can be challenging to run a small business," said Board Member Fiona Ma. "The helpful tools provided at this seminar helps California small business owners navigate California's often complex tax laws."

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 basics of sales and use tax, employee versus independent contractor, forms of ownership, business marketing, and recordkeeping. Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development (Go-Biz), Small Business Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and the Small Business Development Center will conduct the presentations and answer questions.

Fairfield Small Business and Resource Seminar

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

Fairfield Community Center, Willow Room
1000 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

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.