BrandGOV Launches New Lobbying Services

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2016

K. Patrice Williams
BrandGov CEO


BrandGOV Launches New Lobbying Services for
Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Organizations

(Vallejo, CA) – The North Bay’s newest lobbying and advocacy firm, BrandGOV, is launching a new effort to help small businesses, nonprofits, professional associations and other agencies get heard by those in power and the public.  The company,


Job seekers, employees need better accessible transportation technology


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From Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy:

In the 25 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we have seen technology empower people with disabilities in all aspects of life, especially in the workplace.

But technology isn’t just important at work; it’s essential to getting to work.

The best employment program is of little help if people cannot access reliable,


Why Small Business Should Lobby

Why small business should lobby. As a small business owner, we ask ourselves if lobbying is a good method to be heard,  and not be silent. As a small business, you face three choices when persuading lawmakers to simplify regulations or adopt legislation.

  1. Sit on the sidelines
  2. Petition
  3. Lobby

Most small businesses typically do nothing.

Some businesses to choose to join an organization and, pay dues ad sign petitions in order to promote your cause. The issue here is that because you joined a trade or organization to help lead a specific cause your dues supports these causes whether you agree with them or not.


Governor Brown Proposes 2016-17 State Budget

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Thursday, January 7, 2016 (916) 445-4571

Governor Brown Proposes 2016-17 State Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a $122.6 billion General Fund budget plan for 2016-17 that makes significant increases in funding for education, health care and state infrastructure, while bolstering the state’s Rainy Day Fund and paying down state debts and liabilities.

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Reducing Junk Food Marketing to Children

As of January 1, 2016, Modelēz, the company behind Oreos, Ritz Crackers, and Cadbury Chocolate, will no longer advertise products directly to children under age 12. (Currently they apply nutrition standards to determine which products they market to kids.) This is a positive step towards reducing junk food marketing to children.

First, we congratulate members of the Food Marketing Workgroup—especially the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility—for their role in making this happen. Changes like this remind us that although company self-regulation is not perfect, it continues to evolve and improve as long as we keep urging companies to do better.


New Details on Upcoming Launch of Cal eProcure

New Details on Upcoming Launch of Cal eProcure

Dear state of California vendors and customers,
The launch of California’s new online vendor portal – designed to improve the experience of businesses selling products and services to the state – is quickly approaching.

Beginning Dec. 9, you can register your firm on the Cal eProcure portal.
Please note: Although Cal eProcure registration will open Dec. 9, bid opportunities will still be visible on BidSync and BidSync notifications will continue. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016 the California State Contracts Register (CSCR) advertisements will transition to Cal eProcure and notifications will be sent based on information provided during Cal eProcure registration. 

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Issues in Transportation

Transportation connects people to jobs, family, medical care, entertainment, education, and the goods needed for everyday life.

Networks of trade that deliver breakthroughs in technology, consumer goods that are ever less expensive, and a growing economy—all are possible because of transportation.

As with other major infrastructure systems that support society—for example, water or electricity— the importance of the nation’s transportation system becomes apparent only when problems arise.


Mental Health and ReEntry

The Justice Center of State Governments

Individuals with mental illnesses are significantly overrepresented in corrections criminal justice settings. Prevalence estimates of serious mental illness in jails are similarly high. In a study of more than 20,000 adults entering five local jails, researchers documented serious mental illnesses in 14.5 percent of the men and 31 percent of the women, which taken together, comprises 16.9 percent of those studied—rates in excess of three to six times those found in the general population.1 Given the high rates of mental illnesses among the jail and prison populations,