Intellectual Property: What Every Small Business Should Know east 1.amazonaws.com2Fco assets2Fassets2Fimages2Fsmb ip

Once you’ve determined what types of IP protection your business needs, it’s wise to contact an attorney for help navigating the filing processes. — Getty Images/sturti Businesses create intellectual property (IP) whenever they establish a proprietary process, product, logo, literary work, or other original creation. If your business has IP, there are certain legal protections […]

NorCal Model For Jail Expansion?

Jakes Blog Graphics 42

Napa County is breaking ground on a new, 332-bed detention facility (aka jail) for a reported $133 million on March 13th. The new facility is planned to be completed in 2025. According to the County of Napa, “Mental health services within the new jail will continue to include tele-psychiatry and medication and will be expanded […]

On the Leading Edge of the Industry

Jakes Blog Graphics 5

We recognize and wish a happy retirement to Dave Kilby, who concludes a 45-year career in the Chamber industry, including 34 years leading the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.). If there was a Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, Dave would be on the first ballot.” Read more on Dave’s time at CalChamber and […]

Arbitration Agreements: A Favorable Court Decision and What’s to Come

TheWorkplacePodcastLogo 1

In Episode 170 of The Workplace podcast, employment law expert Matthew Roberts and CalChamber Policy Advocate Ashley Hoffman discuss a recent court victory for employers involving the use of arbitration agreements. In the podcast, Roberts explains that on February 15, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited decision in Chamber v. Bonta. […]

CalChamber Seeks Outstanding Small Business Leaders


The California Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. The award recognizes small business owners who have done an exceptional job with their local, state and national advocacy efforts on behalf of small businesses. “The transition to a post-pandemic environment continues to raise concerns as small […]

California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Timekeeping Rounding Case


The California Supreme Court has agreed to review a California Court of Appeal decision on a case involving timekeeping rounding policies. On February 1, the state high court granted a petition to review the California Court of Appeal decision in Camp v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. In the appellate court’s decision, Home Depot’s neutral rounding […]

In Memoriam: Wilford D. (Woody) Godbold, Former CalChamber Chair

Wilford D Godbold

Former CalChamber Chair Wilford D. (Woody) Godbold Jr. died recently of cancer at the age of 84. He chaired the CalChamber Board of Directors in 1993 while serving as president and CEO of Zero Corporation, manufacturer of cases, cabinets and cooling equipment for the electronics industry and cargo enclosures for the airline industry. Godbold chaired […]