Governor Newsom highlighted the investment in the entrepreneurship initiative during a visit to a small business owned by immigrants.

Newsom Governor and small business owners discuss the importance of SEED microbes

SEED is a $ 30 million initiative to support entrepreneurship in California with significant employment barriers

All of the proposed investment for a strong economy that embraces diversity and opportunity for all the support it provides to California immigrants is strengthened.

HUNTINGTON PARK – Following meetings with world leaders at the U.S. Summit, Gov. Gavin Newsom, along with California Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyai, visited Sazon Bar & Grill today, a Huntington Park-owned immigrant restaurant that received state Social Welfare support. Economic Development Entrepreneurs (SEED) initiative. SEED is a $ 30 million initiative to help entrepreneurs and co-op workers work with Californians with limited English language skills or immigration status.

“The California Dream should be available to all Californians, regardless of immigration status or background,” Governor Newsom said. “Zacil and Coco’s Dream proves to be alive in the State of California. We know that immigrants and their children are key to California’s identity and bring new talent and ideas to our economy. That is why we have invested $ 30 million in our SEED initiative and we are proposing more investment to support an inclusive economy for all. ”

Governor Newsom Visits Small Business Owners Supported by State Social Entrepreneurship Development Initiative

Sazon Bar & Grill is a traditional Mexican street restaurant run by Zacil Pech and his mother Maria “Coco” Del Socorro Vazquez, an immigrant and single mother. After opening in 2021, they received a SEED grant and will celebrate their one-year anniversary on July 10th.

“As a Latino immigrant daughter and first Secretary of Labor in Latin America, I know firsthand that immigrants shape our cultural identity and economic growth in a powerful way,” said Natalie Palugyai, secretary of the California Agency for Employment and Labor Development. “Immigrants make up a third of California’s workforce, and opportunities like SEED grants reflect the tremendous value we place on providing this community and workers with the path to economic success.”

California is the most diverse state in the nation, with immigrants accounting for nearly 27 percent of the population and a third of the total workforce. California is home to 829,369 immigrant entrepreneurs and 25 Fortune 500 businesses created by immigrants or their immigrant children, according to data from the American Immigration Council. Immigrants are strengthening the state’s workforce in industries, from Fortune 500 companies to neighborhood micro-enterprises.

In 2020, Newsom proposed $ 10 million to the governor to create SEED, and in 2021 it continued with an investment of $ 20 million. SEED provides micro-assistance, entrepreneurship training and technical support to support the start-up or maintenance of a small business. SEED also supports the creation and sustainability of employee-owned companies and cooperatives, including support for small business ownership.

SEED is managed in partnership with non-profit CBOs that help underprivileged communities in a culturally and linguistically effective way. The initiative helps people with limited English language skills, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, as well as undocumented immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Last year, Governor Newsom set up the nation’s largest small business relief program, investing $ 4 billion in grants and investing $ 6.2 billion in tax cuts for California businesses. In this year’s state budget, Governor Newsom is proposing more investment in an inclusive option through:

  • California Surveillance Economy: $ 1.4 trillion to maximize the diverse and culturally competent workforce, improve the quality of work, increase career opportunities, and advance health equity to help meet current and future needs for a Healthy California for all.
  • Small Business Support: $ 650 million in grants and tax rebates for small businesses affected by the pandemic, including an additional $ 150 million for the COVID-19 Small Business Support Program and $ 60 million to help start new businesses successfully and create a more diverse and locally based one. state economy.
  • Integrated Education and Training: $ 60 million in Integrated Education and Training programs to expand pilots of English language learners over three years, combining English teaching with vocational training based on context.
  • Employee Literacy: $ 20 million to expand workplace literacy training in English context, digital skills and technical skills training. This will create more skilled workers and provide immigrants with ways to get higher wages and better jobs.
  • California Youth Leadership Program Pathways to Language Justice: $ 10 million for community-based college students, including immigrant youth, to expand their career pathways to learning and earning community change through the California Youth Leadership Corps, the Statewide Employment Agency, Community Learning Partnership, and selected local community institutes in California. through unintentional collaboration. organizations and community partners.
  • Export Training Network: $ 2 million to support the statewide expansion of the Export Training Network within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), which develops programs and curricula for underprivileged business owners, including immigrant entrepreneurs and small business operators.
  • Quick Start and Navigation Guides: $ 600,000 to expand the number and availability of Business Quick Warning Guides and develop navigation guides for the professional licensing process for immigrants, with additional translations for these resources and online services.
  • Local Government Grants: $ 8.7 million for competitive grants to help local governments navigate state and local services, including staff and entrepreneurship grants.
  • Immigrant position: Ongoing funding to secure a position in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to help coordinate the integration of immigrants across the state.


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