Economy is Top Issue for CA Small Businesses


The top issue for small businesses in the state remains the economy, according to Small Business California  2012’s annual survey of small businesses in the state. The next most important issue is the availability and cost of health care followed  by quality of public education, regulations, repairing the state’s infrastructure, access to capital, awarding state contracts to small businesses, energy costs and reducing state taxes.

Other findings include

  • 21% of respondents did not see themselves in business in 3 years
  •  31% of respondents said they plan to hire in the next 6 months
  • 26% said revenues had increased over the last 12 months with 46$ saying they had decreased.

"The most disappointing but not surprising  finding is that 65%have never contacted their State Senator, Assembly member or Governor on a small business issue,” reported Scott Hauge, SBC founder and IBA West members, Cal- Insurance, San Francisco. “As small business owners, if we want to have a voice, we have to do better than this,” said Hauge.

Click here to view the 2012 survey results. 

Last week Small Business California notified members the Wall Street Journal was asking readers if they wanted to abolish the SBA. As of this morning 10.3% said yes and 89.7% said no.

“Thank  you to all of your that weighed in on this and if you haven’t please do so by clicking onto the link below,” said Hauge. Adding, “it is important that we make it clear that small business does not want the SBA eliminated.”

Click here to cast your vote on abolishing or keeping the SBA.