Diane Harkey, Member, State Board of Equalization
4th District – Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, Imperial and Riverside Counties
News Release, For Immediate Release: July 8, 2015
Contact: Gino Folchi, 1-916-323-9794
Sacramento – On Thursday, July 9, 2015, California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Diane Harkey will sponsor a free Small Business Seminar in Irvine along with local leaders Assemblymember Don Wagner, Assemblymember Matthew Harper, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish and Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, Ph.D.
“Small businesses are critical to the economic health of our state and make up over 99 percent of all employers in California,” said Harkey. “My goal is to help business owners be successful and proactive by helping them understand and maneuver California’s complicated tax laws.” See below for co-sponsor quotes.
Those looking for assistance will benefit from presentations by representatives from the BOE, Internal Revenue Service, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, Small Business Development Center, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Seminar topics include avoiding common sales and use tax problems, recordkeeping, and loan programs and services.
Event: Free Irvine Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Place: City of Irvine Civic Center, City Council Chambers, One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606
Registration: 1-888-847-9652 or register online.
Assemblymember Don Wagner: “I’m happy to be a partner in helping small businesses get the information they need to thrive,” said Assemblymember Don Wagner. “Diane is an experienced, articulate, and tenacious taxpayer advocate. She has given extraordinary service to the people of California,” Wagner concluded.
Assemblymember Matthew Harper: “Small businesses face unique challenges in California. I am proud to support policies that make it easier to open and run a business,” Assemblyman Matthew Harper said. “I am glad that Orange County, the Board of Equalization, and other key stakeholders are coming together at this event to help small businesses in any way we can.”
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer: “As California’s economy continues to grow and recover, it is important that the County of Orange partners with business and residents to help build a healthy economy that encourages creativity, creates new jobs and fosters responsible development,” said Chairman, Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish: “I’m excited to partner with Diane Harkey in bringing helpful resources to our local entrepreneurs,” said Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish. “Irvine’s well-earned reputation for being business friendly can only grow stronger with engaged leaders like Diane who seek to inform and help our job creators,” Parrish concluded.
City of Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.: “The City of Irvine is pleased to partner with the California State Board of Equalization and Fourth District Member Diane Harkey in bringing the Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo to Irvine and Orange County,” said Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. “Small Businesses are the heart and soul of our community; anything we can do to support their efforts and contribute to their success is a benefit for us all.”
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Board Member Diane Harkey was elected to the Board of Equalization in November 2014 to represent the Fourth Equalization District, which includes approximately 9.5 million Californians located in the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, and a portion of San Bernardino County. Previously, Ms. Harkey served in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014. As a Member of the State Assembly, she served as Vice Chair for the Assembly Committees on Revenue and Taxation and Appropriations. Ms. Harkey graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/harkey.