SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R—Roseville, today honored AutoGator, a small business leader in the automotive recycling industry, as “California Small Business of the Year” for the 4th Assembly District.
“I am proud to recognize Owner Ron Dumas and his company, AutoGator, for exemplifying the contributions California’s small businesses make to our economy,” Gaines said. “Small business is our most valuable asset, generating more than 80 percent of the economy in our district alone.”
Ron Dumas has been in the auto recycling business for more than 30 years. In 1994, he was recognized by Sacramento County for his efforts in implementing pollution prevention practices.
In 2000, Dumas’ assistance in developing a program called “Partners in the Solution” helped lead to a state program that applied pro-business solutions while adhering to California’s stringent environmental mandates. The program later received the prestigious Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award. Today, AutoGator’s Roseville location has 18 employees.
Gaines presented the award at the annual California Small Business Day in Sacramento, where Dumas joined a crowd of 500 business leaders, legislators, corporate partners, and small business dignitaries to celebrate small businesses of the year identified in more than 70 state legislative districts. Dumas was also joined by his wife, Linda Dumas and business partner, Liza March.
“We, as legislative leaders, need to be doing all we can to promote and protect businesses like Ron’s so that others will be encouraged to build and expand their businesses here,” Gaines said. “These businesses are the backbone of our state and I am privileged to honor Ron for the significant contributions he has made to benefit California’s economy.”
Assemblywoman Beth Gaines represents the 4th Assembly District, which includes portions of Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Alpine counties.