State Steering Committee

State Quick Facts

Ruben Barrales

Former President and CEO, Latino Leadership & Policy Forum; Current President of GROW Elect

Sean Broderick

Owner & General Manager, Western Utilities Transformer Service

Howard Combs

Professor of Marketing, San Jose State University

Jason Douglas

Owner, Palo Cedro Wireless Communications

Joel Fox

President, Small Business Action Committee

Chris Guzman

Owner, Magma Creative

Jason Pittock

Managing Partner, Palo Cedro Wireless Communications

Eric Rothman

Owner, Roots Juice Bar

Tom Scott

Folsom Small Business Owner
California State Director, NFIB

Gracie Slagel

Owner, Gracie & Co. Hair and Nail Salon

Ron Stickney

Owner, The Builder, Inc.


The Golden State



2015 Population:


Gross State Product:

$2 Trillion

Total Nonfarm Employment:



Jerry Brown (D)


Dianne Feinstein (D)
Kamala Harris (D)



Support For Local Business

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) “Our small businesses and entrepreneurs are the great engine of the American economy,”

(California Representative Nancy Pelosi, “Pelosi Announces Congressman Mark Takai Will Join Small Business Committee” 4/22/15)

Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA-45) “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy – and government shouldn’t make it more difficult for them to thrive and expand.

(California Representative Mimi Walters, “Press Release” 2/12/16)

Governor Jerry Brown (D) “California has more than 3.8 million small businesses operating in the state – the most of any state in the union. These firms employ 50 percent of our workforce and drive the economy of California, the 6th largest economy in the world. Our small businesses are respected globally for their innovation and fortitude. The vast majority of the companies employ 500 or fewer workers and, collectively, they make up 99 percent of all firms in California.”

(Governor Jerry Brown, “Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Small Business Month,” 5/1/17)

Business Highlights

California’s nearly four million small businesses represent 99.8% of all employers in the state and employ 6.8 million workers.

Women-owned businesses make up 1.3 million of California businesses.

Veteran-owned businesses make up 252,200 of California businesses.

California businesses have an annual payroll of more than $664 billion.

A total of 72,591 small businesses, which operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, export from California.

California exports reached a record $163.6 billion in 2016, with products and services going to 229 countries.

Fifty-Three Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Golden State.

Sources: Small Business Administration, Statistics Of U.S. Businesses, U.S. Department Of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Business Roundtable State Data, Fortune 500, FRED Economic Data