The Small Business Advisory Task Force (SBATF) was created to provide a space for the small business community to discuss their issues and needs in relation to ongoing City operations. The Task Force advises Councilman Jones, and he relays the Task Force’s comments, concerns and policy recommendations to the rest of the City Council as well as the Mayor.
The City of San José formerly had a Council appointed commission that would provide feedback to the City on items relevant to the small business community formerly known as the Small Business Development Commission (SBDC). The SBDC was dissolved with the approval of staff recommendation to consolidate Boards and Commissions at the May 7, 2013 City Council meeting, Item 3.5 – Boards and Commissions Consolidation Ordinance.
However, many members of the 2016 City Council wanted to make up for the loss of input from the small business community by reforming the former SBDC.
In 2016, the Council looked at the possibility of reactivating the SBDC. However, at the May 17, 2016 City Council meeting, the Council voted to establish a Small Business Advisory Task Force with direct reporting to the City Council rather than a City initiated Commission due to concerns with regards to staff resources. Thus Council directed City staff to look at a way in which to organize this task force.
At the October 24, 2016 Community & Economic Development Council Committee (CED) meeting, City staff recommended an alternate approach of deferring to the Silicon Valley Organization (SVO) to organize the task force to which the Council approved of. However, after this, the task force was never created as many stakeholders from the Small Business community still wanted a direct link to the City Council and to work with City staff on their policy objectives. Thus, Councilman Jones initiated his own Small Business Advisory Task Force (SBATF) under his office to be able to begin facilitating a space in which members could provide feedback and policy recommendations to the City.
Monthly Meetings and Agendas
The SBATF meets once every month. For more information on the task force, please contact Mason Fong at Mason.Fong@sanjoseca.gov or (408) 535-4901.