Tom Lando – 2018 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award

Tom Lando, principal, Tom Lando Consulting, was among business executives honored by the California Chamber of Commerce as a 2018 Small Business Advocate of the Year, for outstanding advocacy on behalf of small businesses.

Together, Lando and Mark Francis co-chaired the groundbreaking Task Force on City Revenues and Expenditures, the first of its kind in the Chico Chamber’s 110-year history, which resulted in the publication of a special report and call to action. The task force investigated the solvency of Chico’s finances—past, present and projected—and delivered a bold and forceful recommendation that the City Council consider a revenue measure to fund business priorities outlined in the Community Vision.

The City of Chico is one of 11 cities its size in California to maintain a baseline sales tax rate of 7.25%. The region is largely tax averse.

The CalChamber announced the awards in Sacramento at the CalChamber Capitol Summit on May 23, 2018.