SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring May 2019 as “Small Business Month” in the State of California.
The text of the proclamation is below:
California, the fifth largest economy in the world, has more than 3.9 million small businesses operating in the state – over 40 percent of which are minority-owned. Small businesses and entrepreneurs accelerate economic growth and are especially impactful in the rural and less populated areas of the state. They support Californians in meeting their daily needs – providing the foods we eat, the art we buy and the computer services we require – and may eventually become the companies that change the way we look at the world.
Our small businesses account for over 99 percent of total businesses in California, employing 7 million people – nearly half of the state’s private workforce. The 70,350 small firms that exported goods from California generated 43 percent of the state’s $152 billion in total exports. These businesses are renowned around the world for their innovations and comprise an indispensable part of the Golden State economy.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, in partnership with other state agencies, collaborates with the small business community to support its continued growth. This month, we affirm our ongoing commitment to helping California’s small businesses thrive.
NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as “Small Business Month.”
Governor of California
Secretary of State