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Fontana small business owner honored in Sacramento

In recognition of National Small Business Month, Dicksie Spolar of Fontana was honored in Sacramento as Small Business Owner of the Year for the 62nd Assembly District.

Spolar of Spolar Power Load was recognized by Assembly member Wilmer Amina Carter, legislative leaders and the California Small Business Association for her community service, entrepreneurship and contribution to the state economy.

The day was comprised of speakers and an open dialogue with key leaders in the Assembly and Senate. The highlight of the annual event on May 2 was the awards luncheon attended by 500 legislators, business and industry representatives and honorees. State legislators in 80 districts were given the opportunity to honor a small business owner they had hand-selected from within their district.

Spolar served on the board of the Fontana Unified School District for 16 years. She also worked in employment development for the state and for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors as a field representative.

Carter said that "throughout her career, Dicksie Spolar has been a pioneer and a role model for women in an industry that has been traditionally male dominated."

Spolar said: "It's good that the state is focusing on the importance of small businesses and it's nice that Assembly member Carter thought about our business."

The best advice that Spolar can give to small business owners is to "treat your customers the way you'd like to be treated and offer quality in everything that you do."

Small businesses serve as the primary economic engine that drives the state's economy. There are 3.7 million small companies in California. More than one-half of Californians employed in the private sector work for a small business. The state's small firms produce more new jobs, and more patents, than any other size company in California or any other state in the nation.

Carter is helping the smallest of small businesses with a bill she introduced and authored that would bring technical assistance to business owners with fewer than five employees and a need for less than $35,000 in start up capital.

(Spolar and Carter are pictured above.)