(The following is a press release)
Ladyface Ale Companie was honored June 16 by Sen. Fran Pavley at the California Small Business Day™ 2014 as small business of the year in the 27th District. California Small Business Day recognizes small businesses each year for their contribution to the state’s economy. Small business contributes to 75 percent of California’s gross state product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs.
“California’s small businesses are the economic engine of our state,” said Betty Jo Toccoli, president of the California Small Business Association. “Ladyface Ale Companie was celebrated for their successful small business and contributions to their community.”
Owners Cyrena and Jean-Luc Nouzille were on hand to accept the award. “It is such an honor to be recognized in the community by Sen. Pavley who has such a long history of making our city a great place to live, work and play,” said Cyrena. “I am also proud of the growth of our industry, especially on the local level, with the greater Los Angeles area emerging as a new craft beer culture.”
With 81 businesses in the state of California honored that day, six were craft breweries, including Russian River Brewing Company and Golden Road Brewing. Craft breweries are “main-street” businesses that, combined as an industry, have become economic powerhouses in the U.S., creating jobs and increasing the tax base. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in California and favorable state legislation for the brewing industry helps businesses like Ladyface succeed. Ladyface currently employs 48 people.
According to the California Craft Brewers Association, there are over 450 small and independently owned craft breweries operating in the state–roughly double the number since Ladyface first opened its doors–that are responsible for 44,000 jobs and contributing $4.7 billion to the state’s economy. More data can be found here at http://www.californiacraftbeer.com/beer-stats/.
Ladyface will also be recognized at the upcoming Agoura Hills City Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.