CalChamber Names Chair of New Small Biz Council

Sandra Floyd, President/CEO of OUTSOURCE

The California Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce the Small Business Policy Council, a pivotal initiative designed to amplify the voices of small businesses within the State Capitol. Leading this endeavor is CalChamber Board Member Sandra Floyd, president and CEO of OUTSOURCE Consulting Services Inc. (, who will be the Council’s inaugural chair.

Founded by Floyd in 1994, has grown into a formidable force in the staffing industry, celebrating more than 28 years of connecting companies with top-tier talent across diverse sectors including engineering, information technology, and the U.S. Department of Energy – Nuclear Sites.’s success is rooted in its commitment to fostering a diverse workforce and providing comprehensive human workforce management solutions, earning recognition as a small, minority, and woman-owned business.

Under Floyd’s guidance, has championed core values emphasizing client-centric service, delivering “exactly what you need—precisely when you need it.”

This ethos extends beyond business operations, with a strong commitment to community involvement. has actively supported organizations like the Berkeley Symphony, Covenant House California, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area, showcasing a profound dedication to social responsibility and the betterment of the region.

As chair of the CalChamber Small Business Policy Council, Floyd will leverage her extensive experience and deep understanding of the challenges facing small businesses to drive impactful advocacy efforts. The Council, comprising local chamber CEOs and CalChamber business members, aims to ensure that the needs and priorities of small businesses across the state are at the forefront of legislative discussions.

Floyd’s appointment as chair is a testament to her exceptional leadership qualities and her unwavering commitment to the small business community. The CalChamber Small Business Advocacy team looks forward to working under Floyd’s direction to advocate for policies that support the growth and success of small businesses across California.

“As we launch the Small Business Policy Council, I am honored to serve as its chair and bring together the diverse voices of California’s small business community. Our mission is clear: to advocate for policies that not only recognize but also bolster the pivotal role small businesses play in our state’s economy and its future,” said Floyd. “Together, with the insights and dedication of our council members, we will strive to create a policy environment that enables small businesses to thrive. I look forward to leading this charge and making a meaningful difference in the way our state supports its small business sector.”

Staff Contact: Nick Ortiz

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Nick Ortiz, who joined the California Chamber of Commerce in February 2023, was promoted in October 2023 to head the newly created CalChamber Small Business Policy Center, assuming the role of vice president of small business advocacy. In addition to enhancing the efforts of small business employers to let policy makers know how government requirements affect the day-to-day workings and profitability of small companies, Ortiz continues to serve as an information resource for and CalChamber liaison with local chambers of commerce. Before joining the CalChamber team, Ortiz was president and CEO of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce from April 2015 to February 2023. Ortiz’s previous experience includes positions with the Western States Petroleum Association, PG&E, Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, United Way and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. See full bio