Small Business Advocate

Thomas Bates
800 Capitol Mall, Suite 1022
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 657-1449 direct line
(916) 657-1377 fax line

The California Workforce Development Board is committed to ensuring support and assistance to small businesses in California. If you are a small business owner and need assistance with hiring employees, job training, or other matters, please contact our Small Business Liaison.

The liaison will:

  • Respond to complaints from small business
  • Provide technical advice and assistance to small businesses regarding compliance with the Agency’s regulation
  • Report small business concerns to the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency
  • Assist the Secretary to ensure the Agency’s procurement and contracting process is sufficient to meet the existing 25 percent small business participation goal, and
  • Provide additional assistance and referral as deemed necessary

For additional information about small business and services

California Department of General Services

Small Business Administration

Local Workforce Development Board Listing