Small Business Week 2022
2 May 2022
Dear Small Business Owners,
Tehama County Economic Development is taking this time to say, “Thank You! You are appreciated!”
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week during the first week of May for over 50 years. In 2022, the tradition continues as we celebrate the strength, determination, courage, and in many cases, longevity of America’s entrepreneurs as they are the backbone of our country.
Workforce & Economic Contributions
In 2021, according to Florida TaxWatch, “Nationally, small businesses account for 48 percent of all American jobs.” That’s a huge chunk of the American economy being fueled and funded by its own.
In Tehama County, as of 2020, there were 2,001 small businesses employing from 1 - 99 people each. There were 62 small businesses with 100 - 999 employees each. The total workforce consisted of 18,411 employees spread throughout all 2,063 small businesses. Let’s break these numbers down a little more.
Small Business Numbers:
As of 2020, 72.3% of small businesses in Tehama County had four or less employees each. This means, 72.3% of you, helped retain and recycle much community dollars within our county.
As of 2020, small businesses employing 4 - 100 employees, employed over 9,500 workers. Small businesses with less than five employees, employed over 2,000 workers. Many of these employees are Tehama County residents. With this data alone, small businesses indirectly contribute to many households by providing employees the opportunity to earn a living close to home.
Also, your business taxes paid to CA are redistributed throughout CA and Tehama County. We understand it can be a big business expense and sometimes burden. Again, we can’t thank you enough.
Character + Culture = Identity
Character is the complex ethical traits marking a community. Culture is the customary beliefs, social forms and material traits of a community. Identity encompasses the memories, experiences, relationships and values that shape and distinguish a community from others. As an example: Tehama County’s identity is quite different from Los Angeles County’s identity.
Being a small business in Tehama County, you add value to our identity. You impact and confirm our identity. We may exist without you, yet we are better because of you.
Whether you have been in business for a short while like Izzy’s Bagels, over 10 years like Sew Smart Supplies, or for decades like Lariat Bowl, your business matters to Tehama County and its residents.
If you started out as a small business and blossomed into a big business, we thank you and appreciate you as well! Companies like:
Understanding that not all small businesses have the desire or vision to expand globally, your expansion is an example to small businesses that they too can mushroom if they choose while still keeping homebase, headquarters, or their factory plant in Tehama County.
Tehama County Economic Development hopes you all celebrate yourselves and your accomplishments this week. We know you earned the jollification. Congratulations for another year in business!