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Last month, the California Business Alliance (CBA) became one of the first endorsers for California Delivers, a coalition of businesses, public health advocates, workers, public officials, and community and faith leaders who support California's pioneering clean energy and climate law, AB 32. In just a couple of weeks, California Delivers has grown to more than 120 members representing hundreds of thousands of Californians. 


I invite all CBA members to endorse California Delivers on behalf of your company or as an indvidual. We all need to be part of delivering on the promise of cleaner and healthier air, a strong economy, investments in communities, and more clean energy and fuel choices. 


I also hope you will check out a terrific op-ed in the Sacramento Bee entitled "AB 32 shifts California toward better economy" by Tim McRae, energy director for Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a CBA member. McRae reminds us that "California entrepreneurs have opened more clean-energy businesses, created more new jobs and collected more clean-technology venture capital funding than any other state since AB 32 passed in 2006."


Following up on last month's launch of our California Means Business (CMB) initiative, you will find a recurring feature in this newsletter that highlights and recaps recent good news stories about California's business community. You can follow weekly CMB updates on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed and by following the Twitter hashtag #CAMeansBusiness and @CAGoBiz.


As always, thank you for your ongoing support.


~Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance

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California Means Business

From Napa Valley to Inland Empire,
From Port of Long Beach to Bay Area Cities


California Means Business (CMB) is the place to read the good news about California businesses - how they are growing, expanding, investing, setting the tone, and illustrating why our state is the 8th largest economy in the world. CMB has teamed up with California's GoBiz office to help celebrate and promote California's businesses success stories.


Here are a few recent highlights:



JustGoodNews.Biz - 10/28/2014



LA Times - 10/23/2014


LA Business Journal - 10/21/2014


San Jose Mercury News - 10/17/2014


KTLA 5 - 10/16/2014


40 UNDER 40

Congrats to 15 of the top 20 of Forbes 40 Under 40, who are either from or doing business in California.
Fortune Magazine - 10/09/2014

Featured Op-Ed

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AB 32 shifts California toward better economy


By Tim McRae
Energy Director for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.



"California entrepreneurs have opened more clean-energy businesses, created more new jobs and collected more clean-technology venture capital funding than any other state since AB 32 passed in 2006. The clean-tech sector, which creates products and services to assist the shift toward low-carbon-based products and processes, is doing well. Though early-stage venture capital in this sector has ebbed, later-stage investments have increased in the last half-decade, according to Next10. California's clean-tech investment portfolio also is increasingly diversified, a good portent for future growth."


To read the full op-ed, click here.

Featured Member Activity


During the filming for his latest feature, "Higher," Team CLIF Bar Snowboarder Jeremy Jones added a bit more purpose to his Himalayan adventure by conducting scientific research above 20,000 feet. 

Connecting with Gregg Treinish, fellow CLIF Bar ambassador and Executive Director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, Jeremy added to his Climate Activist resume by collecting snow and ice samples for an important conservation study underway that investigates how much fresh water exists on Earth. 


To watch the video, click here.

Featured Story

Massachusetts, California Lead U.S.
in Energy Efficiency


Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont are the most energy-efficient states in the U.S., according to an annual ranking released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, or ACEEE. 


The report applauded California for stringent building codes and transportation policies promoting efficiency.   


To read the full article, click here.

Featured Awards Profile

Cool California Small Business Awards


The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is accepting applications now through today, Nov. 3 for its fifth CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards Program, which recognizes small businesses that integrate environmental stewardship and sustainability into their business practices.


California small businesses that reduce energy use, conserve water and minimize their greenhouse gas emissions are demonstrating climate leadership and can compete for a CoolCalifornia Small Business Award.


"This is an opportunity to recognize the many small businesses across the state that are taking actions to save money while reducing their environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions," ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. "These small business leaders are demonstrating that making smart climate-friendly choices is good for the environment and for their bottom line."


Small businesses that meet the requirements can apply here for an award - the deadline for application is Nov. 3, 2014. Winners will be recognized by ARB at a public ceremony in Sacramento in February 2015, and will be profiled on the CoolCalifornia.org website and in a statewide press release.

Featured Event

LA French Consulate in LA
FACTS Climate Conference, Nov. 14 

In partnership with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) for Climate Action and Sustainability, the Embassy of France in the United States and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles will host a conference to discuss the challenges climate change represents for cities around the world. 


With more than half of humanity living in cities, urban centers are key actors for climate change. The threats brought by climate change can also represent an opportunity and many cities are already taking action to become climate resilient by both decreasing their emissions and by preparing to mitigate the future impacts of climate change.


Featured speakers include: 

Corinne Lepage: Former French minister of the environment, founder and president of Cap21 (green party), France.

Alex Hall: Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, United States.

Mary Nichols: Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, United States.

- Moderator Mat Kaplan: Producer and host of Planetary Radio, United States.


The CBA is pleased to be a Bronze Sponsor for this event.


To learn more and to register, click here

Featured Event

Green California School Summit, Nov. 5-6


The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 5-6, 2014. Keynote speakers will be Senator Fran Pavley and Rear Admiral Len Hering. Through an Expo with over 100 companies offering green products and services, dozens of educational sessions, and special events including a Leadership Awards reception, the Summit offers two days of total immersion in all aspects of green schools.


Concurrent sessions will focus on critical topics, from best practices for utilizing Prop 39 energy efficiency funds to water conservation techniques, funding for energy and building projects and environmental literacy. The Summit will also include a special Pre-Summit Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Workshop, on November 4, presented in partnership with the New Buildings Institute and the California Public Utilities Commission. Keynotes and exhibit hall are free. 


CBA members will receive a 20% discount by entering "CBA" when you register.


For more information and to register, go to www.green-technology.org or call Cindy Dangberg at 626-577-5700.

Featured Event

Renewable Energy Markets Conference, Dec. 2-4


Renewable Energy Markets (REM) is the clean energy industry's most important annual event focused on the states, businesses, organizations, and households that choose clean, renewable electricity every day. Since 1996, REM has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace, and is attended by leaders from federal and state governments, large corporate purchasers, the nation's leading utilities and electricity generators, and marketers from around the world.


This year's conference - December 2-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, CA - will feature dozens of sessions covering the essentials of the clean energy market, with current facts and trends that will inform your environmental strategy. The program will include all aspects of how renewable energy is generated, traded, tracked, sold, and retired, as well as important predictions for the coming year and unparalleled opportunities for networking with industry leaders. 


Check out the agenda for up-to-the-minute updates on panels, presentations, and plenary sessions-new speakers are added every day. REM is organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and the U.S. EPA. Know a student in the industry? Spread the word about their fellowship program


To learn more and register, click here.

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Susan Frank
Director, California Business Alliance



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