Other Views: How entrepreneurship is key to a ‘California for All’ | Community Voices

My parents grew up in Bakersfield. In fact, my grandmother ran a beauty salon on South Hayes Street for many years. I still have lots of family here and I feel a deep connection to your town. That’s why I’m so happy to have a week-long visit while attending the Bakersfield edition of the California Economic Summit, hosted by California Forward. While I’m here, I’ll meet as many local small business owners as I can and get a sense of where Main Street is in my family’s hometown.

I’m here to represent the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, which supports economic growth and innovation by providing our state’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with the information, tools, and resources they need to start, manage and develop successful and resilient businesses. I will be attending several events including a panel on Energy, Climate, Community Resilience and Economic Mobility hosted by the Kern Community College District. At Thursday’s summit, I will announce a new effort from my office, the 2022 Task Force on Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility.

Tara Lynn Gray was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate in March 2021. She is the voice of California small businesses in the Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development. She previously led the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber Foundation.


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