About Us

 

Mission Statement
To provide California small businesses with immediate and ongoing benefits to grow their businesses and prosper, new skill-sets and relevant updates on pertinent matters, product and service discounts, an effective voice in government, as well as member networking and referral opportunities.
CalSmallBiz is a non-partisan alliance formed in response to California’s increasingly more difficult business climate.  Being mindful that the 3.5 million small businesses (and their employees), outnumber all other groups and special interest organizations, a united small businesses community is uniquely situated to implement common sense solutions designed to restore a business friendly climate in California.

It is in California’s best interest to reform California into a pro-business, fiscally responsible, and politically accountable state, thereby promoting a prosperous economy for all Californians.  This all begins by uniting our small businesses into a cohesive political force.

Meet Our Executive Board
Matt Gray
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Matt Gray
President & CEOA 24 year veteran of the Capitol, Matt has worked on every major public policy issue to come before the California State Legislature.  He has worked as both as a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Dean of the Legislature, and most recently as a contract advocate for numerous HiTech and information technology (IT) clients as well as a venture capital firm on developing emergent technologies.  Formally educated in communications and public relations, as well as the organic chemistry, Matt has extensive technical experience.

In 2010, Matt was elected by Sacramento voters to the City Council for the proposed formation of Arden Arcade as California’s newest city.  While cityhood for Arden Arcade was ultimately defeated, Matt remains an active member of his community, and is known for being a strong proponent of improving California’s small business climate.

Tony Gates, Executive Vice President, CalSmallBiz, Inc.
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Tony Gates
Executive Vice-PresidentA graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, Tony commanded troops as an Airborne Ranger before entering the private sector and becoming a District Manager for Pfizer.

Tony has a Masters Degree, and is a business coach with superb analytical and operational expertise.  He is experienced in community, government and public affairs/relations. In addition, Tony has hands-on experience in business operations, sales and marketing, and knows how to assemble, train, and motivate teams of successful sales representatives and managers.

Tony is a frequent quest speaker for business groups on how to build productively cohesive workplace environments, utilize social media, and deliver upon plans for success.

Tamara Dorris, Vice President of Communications, CalSmallBiz, Inc.
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Tamara Dorris
Vice-President of CommunicationsAn accomplished author of numerous business-related books, Tamara is an adjunct professor and radio host who holds a graduate degree in Communications. 

As a long-time and established Realtor in the Sacramento area, Tamara specializes in helping buyers and sellers in the Sacramento Area.  She is often called upon by media for input on stories focusing upon the region and state’s business and real estate climates.

Paul Dilley, Vice President of Marketing, CalSmallBiz, Inc.
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Paul Dilley
Vice President of MarketingWidely recognized as an internet marketing guru, Paul is a long-time entrepreneur who remains on the cutting edge of technological advances which help small businesses improve their online market position.

Paul is frequently sought-out for his insights on online marketing, and asked to develop solid marketing strategies utilizing search engine optimization (SEO), SMS text marketing, QR Codes, and various social media platforms to reach customers.

Matthew Kamula, Vice President of Legal Affairs, CalSmallBiz, Inc.
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Matthew Kamula
Vice-President of Legal AffairsUpon receiving both his Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude, 1986) and his Juris Doctor degree (1989) from the University of Miami, Matthew was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He has practiced extensively in various areas of law, focusing primarily upon admiralty, maritime, business, insurance defense, real estate and corporate matters.

 

Matthew currently heads the Kamula Law Group which includes all of his practice areas as well as Strategic Business Consulting on both the East and West Coasts of the United States.  He is admitted to the practice of law in three states: California, Florida, and Washington.