The California Restaurant Association was established in 1906; thirteen years before the NRA was founded. The CRA was one of the first restaurant trade associations founded in the US. Through advocacy, education, and promotion, the CRA represents the interests of restaurant owners and operators here in the state. California has more restaurant and food service jobs than any other state; a full one-third of all California restaurants are located here in Los Angeles. Membership in the CRA gives restaurant operators its voice and representation for the industry. Member services include legal, training, sales tax, and tax assistance.

In addition, your membership helps support and promotes culinary educations in California.

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About the Author

Jean Hagan, PrincipalJean Hagan - Los Angeles CPA
Restaurant, Hospitality
Jean has owned, operated, and consulted in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. During that time, she worked with a well-known national chain; owned a food and beverage company that operated multiple restaurants, bars, and event spaces in the Squaw Valley area; and became the president, CEO, CFO, and shareholder of one of the highest-grossing restaurants in California. Today, Jean is Principal and leads the Restaurant Operations Consulting practice at KROST. » Full Bio