CalChamber Issues Statement on Economic Relief Programs for Small Businesses

The California Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement following Governor Gavin Newsom’s signing of legislation to provide relief to Californians experiencing pandemic hardship:

“CalChamber applauds Governor Gavin Newsom for taking action today that offers some much-needed economic relief for California’s small businesses. Small businesses in the state are reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 shut-downs and the financial bridge provided through the fee waivers and grants approved today by Governor Newsom will provide help and hope as we wait for California’s economy to recover.

“While the Governor’s action today is an important step forward, our small businesses still need tax and regulatory relief. The Legislature should act swiftly to pass AB 80, which offers preferable tax treatment for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and they should reject any proposal that adds to the cost of doing business in the state.”


The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California.  Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state.  Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law.  CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs.  Please visit our website at


The California Chamber of Commerce is the largest, broad-based business advocate to government in California, working at the state and federal levels to influence government actions affecting all California business. As a not-for-profit, we leverage our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations to provide affordable and easy-to-use compliance products and services.