News Release

Contact: Francis Taylor
For Immediate Release
March 2, 2017
NR 8-17-H

Free Business Resource Seminar and Expo Comes to Gardena
BOE Member Horton will speak to Business Owners

Gardena – Board of Equalization Member Jerome E. Horton will speak at a free business resource seminar and expo, where strategies for success in today's economy will be one of the featured topics, at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center on Tuesday, March 14. The seminar will highlight a variety of approaches and techniques that can help local businesses position themselves for success, capitalize on billions of dollars in tax credits, and minimize the frustration of taxation.

Jerome E. Horton, Member, Third District, California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will host the event in collaboration with California State Senator Steven Bradford, State Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Autumn R. Burke, Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, and California Educational Solutions President Paulette Francis. The City of Gardena and the Gardena Valley Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor the event.

Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration, and Small Business Development Center will be available to answer questions on topics such as basic sales and use tax, forms of ownership, and recordkeeping.

"My goals are to help California businesses capitalize on available tax credits and to offer strategies and solutions that will help local businesses thrive domestically and internationally," Member Horton said.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 14, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ken Nakaoka Community Center, located at 1670 West 162nd Street in Gardena. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. There is limited free parking in the lot; street parking is also available. Those interested in attending are invited to register online at or by calling toll-free 1-888-847-9652.

Re-elected in 2014, Member Jerome E. Horton is the Third District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 9.5 million residents in Los Angeles, a portion of San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2010. Member Horton also serves as the Board of Equalization's Property Tax Committee Chair. He is the first to serve on the Board of Equalization with more than 21 years of experience at the BOE. Horton previously served as an Assembly Member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 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 the California Tax Service Center.

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.