Small Business

Deputy Sector Navigator- Darren Gurney

Office: 530-242-7635



What is Small Business?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a small business as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized
for profit, and is not dominant in its field. Depending on the industry, size standard eligibility is based on the average
number of employees for the preceding twelve months or on sales volume averaged over a three-year period. However, for
consistency, this profile uses the SBA’s Office of Advocacy criterion that describes a small business as an establishment with
less than 500 employees.

Quick Facts

* The small business owner generates ideas for specific products or services. The business is started to sell products or service.

*15% of small businesses in California provide professional, technical and scientific services.

* In California, there were more than 280,000 small business enterprises in 2012.
* Each small business has an average of 3 employees.
*106 community colleges in California provide education in small business development.
Community colleges’ role in small business
should be to transform businesses from inside
out and help small business owners pursue
their own purpose and passion!
                                   — Laura Manyweather
                                   Business Owner
                                   My Life Template
What is Impacting Small Businesses in California?



Networking with other small business owners

Can be responsive to customer and market demand

Connectedness with local and regional industry clusters

Organizational structure allows creativity in the way they do business

Fluctuating market demand
Recent federal tax policies have made owning a small business more attractive as billions of dollars in tax relief are offered to entrepreneurs
Access to capital
Specialized small business opportunities in rural areas and career technical education
Keeping up with changing laws and regulations
Securing funds to start a business can be an issue

Examples of small business sectors include:

•• Professional, Technical, and Scientific Services
•• Personal and Laundry Services
•• Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
•• Food Services and Drinking Places
•• Administrative and Support Services
•• Specialty Trade Contractors
•• Construction of Buildings
•• Repair and Maintenance
•• Clothing and Clothing Accessory Stores

Examples of specific small businesses include:

•• Custom Computer Programming Services
•• Advertising Agencies
•• Beauty Salons
•• Garages
•• Security Guards and Patrol Services
•• Drywall and Insulation Contractors
•• Extermination and Pest Control Services