Bill Text: CA ACR109 | 2023-2024 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Women’s Small Business Month.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 62-17)

Status: (Passed) 2023-09-14 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Res. Chapter 169, Statutes of 2023. [ACR109 Detail]

Download: California-2023-ACR109-Chaptered.html

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 109

Relative to Women’s Small Business Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 14, 2023. ]


ACR 109, Reyes. Women’s Small Business Month.
This measure would declare October 2023 as Women’s Small Business Month and encourage all citizens to recognize the economic importance of women’s small businesses in California.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are, as of 2022, an estimated 13,000,000 women-owned businesses in the United States that employ more than 10,000,000 people and generate $1.9 trillion in revenue; and
WHEREAS, Women-owned businesses represent 42 percent of all businesses and women of color account for 50 percent of all female business owners; and
WHEREAS, Among women, women of color are the fastest growing demographic of new business owners; and
WHEREAS, Women of color make up 40 percent of all women in the United States, with 18.5 percent being Latina, 13.9 percent being African American, 6.3 percent being Asian American, 1.3 percent being Native American or Alaska Native, and 0.3 percent being Pacific Islander; and
WHEREAS, Twenty one percent of women-owned businesses are owned by African Americans, 18 percent by Latinas, 9 percent by Asian Americans, 1.4 percent by Native Americans or Alaska Natives, and 0.3 percent by Pacific Islanders, which has the same business-owned representation as the population; and
WHEREAS, A recent White House Press Release announced that in 2022, annual earnings for women-owned businesses increased by almost 30 percent, with women-owned businesses in the manufacturing sector experiencing a 35-percent increase; and
WHEREAS, Women continue to trailblaze across industries every day, starting nearly one-half of all new businesses in the United States in 2021; and
WHEREAS, Women small business owners create valuable opportunities for women workers because they are more likely, particularly those in low-income communities, to hire locally, and tend to have more racial and gender diversity in their workforce. In 2020, it was found by Small Business Majority that one in four women business owners employ nearly all women, with 75 percent to 100 percent, inclusive, of their workforce being women workers; and
WHEREAS, Although more women are embracing entrepreneurship, they often face challenges not typically shared by their male counterparts, including defying social expectations, limited access to social and business networks, overcoming barriers to access capital and new market expansion, owning a sense of accomplishment, building a support network and obtaining mentorship, and balancing business and family life; and
WHEREAS, Forbes Magazine reported that while 79 percent of women entrepreneurs in the United States feel more empowered now than they did five years ago, 66 percent still report difficulty in obtaining the funding they need to succeed; and
WHEREAS, Despite demanding and long hours, women become business owners to implement a new business idea or vision, enjoy the freedom of being an entrepreneur, or to solve a specific industry problem; and
WHEREAS, Women-owned businesses are key to our overall economic success, and their importance is rapidly growing; and
WHEREAS, Women in the United States were not allowed to get a business loan without the signature of a male relative to cosign for them until 1988; and
WHEREAS, October is recognized as Women’s Small Business Month because the law that allowed women to take out a loan in their own name, the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-533), was signed on October 25, 1988; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature designates October 2023 as Women’s Small Business Month and encourages all citizens to recognize the economic importance of women’s small businesses in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.