The Governor has signed three bills specifically designed to assist small businesses:

· SB 1436 creates on the State of California Internet portal a link to state agency Web sites specifically for the use of small businesses in accessing information regarding startup requirements and regulatory compliance.

· SB 2330 requires the Office of Small Business Advocate to commission a study of the costs of state regulations on small businesses, and examine successful models from other states on identifying regulatory costs and developing potential alternative approaches.

· AB 3058 requires the Office of Small Business Advocate to add to its duties advocacy on state policy and programs regarding disaster preparedness and recovery for small businesses, including: providing technical assistance; developing a Web-based handbook for small businesses on emergency preparedness, response and recovery; and conducting meetings to share best practices for small business disaster preparedness.

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