The campaign to reelect Assemblymember Michael Allen announced today he has the endorsement of the California Small Business Association, which represents over 203,000 California small business owners.
“We believe your commitment to the future of small business is deserving of the support from our organization, and you will do a great job representing us effectively in the State Assembly,” wrote CSBA President Betty Jo Toccoli. “Your commitment to interacting and partnering with us in small business meetings/councils will prove to be a valuable resource and enable us both to be better informed on issues important to your small business constituency.”
The California Small Business Association is a grassroots, non-partisan, small business advocacy organization founded by the 1980 California small business delegates to the White House Conference on Small Businesses. Their mission is to provide a voice for California small businesses and stimulate the creation of jobs and the economy of California.
Elected to the Assembly in November 2010, Allen has been a leading advocate for small businesses and worked to help cut red tape to help them succeed. He introduced legislation to help small businesses access vital alternative sources of capital and passed a law to help hot air balloon companies stay in business. As Assistant Majority Leader, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to ensure timely budgets and pass reforms that reduced our ongoing budget deficit.
Allen has been an active community leader in Marin and Sonoma Counties for over 40 years and lives in San Rafael. Prior to his election to the Assembly in November 2010, Allen had an extensive career as a registered nurse, lawyer, mediator and labor leader right here in our community. He chaired the SMART Citizens Advisory Committee and worked with residents of both counties to tackle critical transportation issues, enforcing his belief in the value of regional cooperation to enhance local quality of life.