Central CA SBDC Regional Network
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed
How small businesses can create an effective strategy and understand power dynamics to promote business growth, and how business owners can become more politically involved on issues that impact them are topics of this week’s free webinar. SBDC director Kelly Bearden is joined by Jovan Agee, CEO of Agee Global Solutions, a government affairs company that partners with businesses, organizations and governments.  
Bearden begins the webinar with a look at the economy and recent legislation affecting small businesses including the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), $20 minimum wage increase for fast food workers, wage theft, and more. 
This marks the 316th episode of the weekly “Webinar Wednesday” business series that provides news and information helpful to employers and business owners. 
The CSU Bakersfield Small Business Development Center provides free one-on-one consulting to help small business owners. New and existing businesses can sign up for assistance by clicking here!
TIMESTAMPS Note: The bold blue link below is a direct link to Jovan Agee beginning to speak with Kelly Bearden in a question-and-answer-format
00:00 Intro
00:44 What’s up today April 17, 2024
03:23 Beneficial Ownership Information https://www.fincen.gov/boi
05:08 Have you received unsolicited email from SBDC offering small business loans or grants?
07:27 Economic Corner
09:22 New possible changes to the fast food act
10:12 Want to Run a Home Daycare Business?
11:51 CSUB YouTube Channel
12:31 FREE Human Resources Hotline for Employers
13:08 See what tools the SBDC has for your business
15:07 Kelly introduces guest Jovan Agee, CEO, Agee Global Solutions
16:51 Give our viewers your background and what you do.
17:43 How did you get into politics?
19:08 How can or do you think businesses should be involved in politics? If not, why? If so, why?
21:43 Why is it good to engage trade associations and chambers of commerce at the local level?
23:30 How can businesses actually engage trade associations or know when to engage a trade association and maybe more of a grass roots effort?
27:57 Which level of government (federal, state, or local) do you think has the greatest impact on daily business operations?
32:31 Can you provide some guidance or insights for businesses that want to get involved in politics or be more effective in their involvement?
35:44 For businesses that can’t afford lobbyists, what advice would you give them on how to be effective?
38:08 What are the processes involved in that and how can businesses become more involved on a state level?
40:38 Opportunity for procurement in working with local government and school districts and sell to them.
42:45 Jovan and Kelly answer questions from webinar attendees https://www.nfib.com/


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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.