May 25

Meeting Notice

You Are Invited
The California Democratic Party will hold its Executive Board Meeting from Friday, August 25th to Sunday August 27th
At the:  Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92802.
The Business & Professional Caucus Meeting will be held:
 Saturday, August 26th from 8:15 PM to 10:15 PM – 12 Plaza C
We hope that all Members, Guests and Dem Activists will attend this important meeting.
Most all of our members are Small Business Owners and Professionals. We as Democrats; now more than ever, will unite to demonstrate that we stand for the under-served which include those who have exercised our American Freedom and Right to start a business and work hard for that opportunity to Grow and Prosper.
We will work to demonstrate that Small Business owners are best Represented by the Democratic Party.
It is very important that you take an active role in our Caucus to work with other members to promote Legislation and Assistance to Small Business that will help our members succeed. This is your opportunity to really make a difference as we expand our base by letting Small Business Owners know that we are Working Together to Show that we are the Party that Represents and Works for Them.
This is what we as a Caucus Working Together Can Do.
To Network with Members, to Share Ideas, Create Business Opportunities,Promote Contracting & Purchasing Advantages, Provide Greater Access to Capital, Support Favorable Legislation, Support CDP Resolutions & Platform Changes in Support of  Members, and to Develop New Ideas by our Members for a more Effective and Progressive Caucus.
We as Progressive Democrats will fight to regain our Land of Opportunity for all.
We encourage our members to actively participate, organize, and serve in committees to help spread our message of support to our Members and our Business & Professional Community.
All Memberships except Lifetime are based on an annual term and expire 90 days prior to the CDP State Convention.  $5.00 of each membership goes to support CDP.
I Want YOU

I Want YOU

Nov 14

Business and Professional Caucus to Meet

Business and Professional Caucus

The California Democratic Party will hold its next meeting at the CDP E-Board Meeting on Saturday November 18, 2017 from 5:45 to 7:45 PM, Oak Room at The Westin SF Airport Hotel,

1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, CA 94030

The B&P Caucus is made up of Small Business Owners and Professionals. We are especially concerned of the negative impact the proposed tax reforms will have on our members and on our California Economy. Please join and work with our new Committees to deal with the continuing trend to monopolize business opportunity for the wealthy and existing Conglomerates.  

The “Land of Opportunity for All” must not become the “Land of Opportunity for the Wealthy”. Stand with us to take on the fight for Economic Equality and Justice. Defeat the power of money over People in our Electoral System. Protect Business Opportunity.

We as Democrats, now more than ever, must unite to show that we stand for the under-served which includes those who have exercised our American Freedom to start a business or profession and work hard for that opportunity which we must protect, to succeed. Democrats stand for the right and freedom of the entrepreneur to compete against the Established Corporations who are generally represented by the Republicans party. It is very important that you help get out the vote to ensure that the B&P Caucus continues to work to serve as the true voice for California Business which represents the best for our future. We encourage our members to actively participate and organize and serve in committees to help spread our message to support our Business Community. 


_____5:45 Welcome & Chair’s Report – Ray Bishop, Caucus Chair

 _____6:00 Introduction of Caucus Officers

                       By-Law Changes – Membership Term

                       Report on Membership –            

________________Vice President North – Brigette Hunley 

________________Vice President South –  Mark Henderson

                       Treasurers Report – Cecile Bendavid

                       Secretaries Report – Sue Gunther

                       Parliamentarian – Maryam Zar

 _____6:30 Proposed Tax Reform Legislation – Impact on Small Business & Professionals            

__________Special Guests – Elected Officers & Candidates, speaking on tax reform.

_____________Open Discussion Caucus Members – Q&A, Ideas & Solutions

 _____7:10 Introduction of Committees and Organization of New Member Participation

__________ Small Business – Ray Bishop – Contracting, Courts, Capital, Legislation

-__________Outreach & Communications– Mark Henderson & Brigette Hunley –  

_______________Building our Membership, New Ideas

           __________Workforce – John Paul Tabakian – Job Creation, Education, Technology

         _____  _____Judicial Process – Affordable Justice, Dispute Resolution, Patent Protection

          __________ Health Care – Impact of Cost

           __________Transportation – Impact

                     __________Breakout Session with Members –

Support our Caucus by paying your dues at or by paying at the time of our meeting.  


We stand by Our By-laws as approved by the CDP and Roberts Rules of Order. We will insure that our democratic principles are honored and enforced as approved by the Caucus.

 Eligibility to vote must be by Credentialed Membership of the caucus, effective from the day following the previous Annual Convention to the day prior to the following Annual Convention. In the event a member pays the Caucus Dues within 30 days prior to the election and the B&P Caucus does not have a record of that payment, that member must provide a copy of the receipt for payment of dues to be eligible to vote in the election. Hardship waivers must be approved 30 days in advance by the B&P Executive Committee.

May 25

Message From The Chair

My thanks to everyone for coming to our August 27th Caucus meeting. It was a very productive gathering of minds, and I was honored to lead a productive discussion about important issues facing our business communities.

The meeting was held at the Sheraton in Anaheim, to a full room of participants and Caucus members who were eager to hear our plans for the future, and share their ideas for a robust caucus. I started the discussion by suggesting a few ideas of my own to begin the conversation. I believe our Business and Professional Caucus can be a strong and relevant one as the Democratic party regroups and advances its ideals. Small businesses are the back bone of our national economy and professionals – from tech entrepreneurs to blue collar business owners – are the voice of our future. Together, we have the ideas and the vision to strengthen our party and strengthen our nation to lead in business, while ensuring fairness and the progressive ideals of our party.

Our mission here at the Business and Professional Caucus is rooted in integrity, diversity and strength in business. To that end, I invited our caucus members to speak at the microphone at our last meeting, and share their ideas of what makes business better in California, and how we as a caucus can help our members realize their goals. The result was a series of wonderful ideas; from securing capital, ensuring fairness in legislation, assistance in outreach to help secure clients, unearthing and uploading resources from various cities an counties for small businesses to work with local government and compete for public contracts. Our members made clear they want to do all this while maintaining an allegiance to environmentally sounds business practices, a commitment to helping homelessness, supporting healthcare for all and nurturing a growing tech economy with bi-coastal points of focus (Silicon Valley & Silicon Beach) while being mindful of its impact on communities.

We kept a list of ideas, which we will upload soon for member review, and have resolved to form two committees to address the most pressing needs of our caucus members. These will be the Outreach Committee, which will help small business owners reach out to and find clients; as well as the Resources Committee, which will compile on an ongoing basis resources for small businesses, and make them available to members online.

I invite you to join with us and help make our Caucus stronger. The voice of small business is a crucial one in our party, and we will ensure that it is heard loud and clear as new laws are crafted to strengthen small businesses and build a competitive environment where professionals can thrive.

Feel free to contact me if you’d like to join a committee, or would like to suggest one. Please also reach out to us with your ideas and perspective as we work together to strengthen the business environment and empower small business owners and professionals.

With thanks,

Ray Bishop
BPC Chair

Dec 23

California Automatic Voter Registration a Reality

microphone-copyOn Saturday, October 10th, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law measures which will eventually make voter registration automatic for ALL California citizens who get or renew a California drivers license.

The bill was a priority of newly elected Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who championed its provisions during his election bid.

This makes California the second state to enact such measures much to the chagrin of republican and right wing conservative political punsters who want to restrict voter registration as much as possible. Republicans see widespread voter participation as a challenge to their desire to limit voting to white, property owning males.

Dec 09

Welcome to Our New Updated Website

WhistlingDonkey1Welcome to the Business and Professional Caucus Website of the California Democratic Party.

With this new website edited by Cecile Bendavid, we hope to establish better communications with our members and the general public so stay tuned and watch us grow!