California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 837

Introduced by Assembly Member Campos

February 21, 2013

An act to add Section 12096.4.9 to the Government Code, relating to economic development.


AB 837, as introduced, Campos. Economic development programs: reporting.

The Economic Revitalization Act establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as “GO-Biz,” to serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth.

This bill would require an administrative lead center, under a specified federal program, to report to GO-Biz and the Legislature for any year state funds are appropriated to support that federal program, and make legislative findings and declarations in this regard. This bill would also require the director of GO-Biz to post a report required under these provisions on the office’s Internet Web site.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1


The Legislature finds and declares all of the

P2    1(a) The California Small Business Development Center Program,
2a part of the federal Small Business Development Center Program,
3plays a primary role in providing technical assistance to the state’s
4small businesses and provides verified positive outcomes to the
5state’s economy.

6(b) Within the state, the California Small Business Development
7Center Program is administered through six Regional Small
8Business Development Center Networks, as follows: Northern
9California, Northeastern California, Central California, Orange
10County/Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Each regional
11network is managed by an Administrative Lead Center, designated
12by the federal Small Business Administration through a cooperative
13agreement, and affiliated with one of the following public
14institutions of higher education: California State University,
15Humboldt; California State University, Chico; University of
16California, Merced; Long Beach Community College District;
17California State University, Fullerton; and Southwestern
18Community College District. The centers are responsible for
19securing required one-to-one matching funds to draw down federal
20appropriations, according to a population-based formula determined
21by the United States Census, and the regional networks are held
22accountable for their productivity and required to submit regular
23performance reports to the Office of Small Business Development
24Centers, within the federal Small Business Administration.

25(c) Throughout the six regional networks there are more than
2630 full-time Small Business Development Centers, with multiple
27additional outreach locations serving small businesses in this state.
28These centers provide assistance to existing businesses in the areas
29of financing, government contracting, business planning and
30management, marketing, international trade, energy efficiency and
31sustainability, and disaster preparedness. The centers also provide
32expert advice to technology companies in the areas of business
33and financial plan preparation, angel and venture capital
34presentation preparation, funding strategies, product positioning,
35market launch strategies, applications for federal grants, technology
36transfers with research universities, intellectual property issues,
37and strategic partnerships. The centers work in collaboration with
38various partners to provide these services, including, but not limited
39to, community colleges, grantees of the federal Minority Business
40Development Agency, the federal Small Business Administration,
P3    1the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce
2Development Program, local workforce investment boards, and
3chambers of commerce.

4(d) The California Small Business Development Center
5Leadership Council is comprised of the directors of the six
6Regional Small Business Development Center Networks. The
7council is the statewide entity tasked with negotiating partnerships
8on behalf of the California Small Business Development Center
9Program, leveraging operational and technical assistance for best
10practices across the six regions, and working with the state
11government to maximize the economic impact of the federal Small
12Business Development Center Program within the state.


SEC. 2.  

Section 12096.4.9 is added to the Government Code,
14to read:



(a) On or before August 30 following any year that
16state funds are appropriated to the California Small Business
17Development Center Program, the Administrative Lead Center
18that oversees the Regional Small Business Development Center
19Network that received that state funding shall report to the office
20and the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795, on the
21activities and performance goals of the California Small Business
22Development Center Program in that region. An Administrative
23Lead Center accepts this reporting requirement as a condition of
24receiving the state funds described in this subdivision.

25(b) A report prepared pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include,
26but not be limited to, all of the following data:

27(1) Number of businesses assisted.

28(2) Number of employees employed by those businesses.

29(3) Number of jobs created.

30(4) Number of jobs retained.

31(5) Number of state tax dollars generated from those businesses.

32(6) Industry sectors of the businesses assisted.

33(7) Total amount of federal funds allocated to the region during
34the reporting period.

35(c) The director shall post the report on the office’s Internet
36Web site no later than 30 days after the report is transmitted to the
37Governor and Legislature.