Celebrating Small Businesses

Small Business Week is April 30 through May 6, 2017.
Small Business Week is April 30 through May 6, 2017.

National Small Business Week is this week. Each year since 1963, the president has announced National Small Business Week to recognize the important contributions of small business owners and entrepreneurs in the United States.

Small businesses employ more than half of all Americans in the private sector.

California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) provides the following facts that demonstrate the importance of small businesses in California:

  • California is home to approximately 3.8 million small businesses (described as businesses that employ less than 500 workers), according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Roughly 1.2 million businesses in California employ less than 10 workers, according to the most recent data EDD collected in 2016.
  • The number of small businesses in California grew by 58,000, a gain of 5.2 percent over last five years.

California laws are complex no matter what your company size. Yet, compliance can be even tougher for small businesses that often handle HR issues on the fly without staff dedicated solely to HR.

CalChamber offers a free 30-minute recorded webinar that covers the Top 5 Labor and Employment Laws Perplexing Small Business. You can also download a free whitepaper which covers 10 of the significant new laws and what they mean for small businesses.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

CalChamber’s HR Quick Guide for California Employers – Small Business Edition is an ideal resource for small businesses with less than 50 employees. The book explains California and federal employment laws in plain language and covers everything from hiring to ending the employment relationship. Also, CalChamber members can take advantage of the nearly 400 forms and checklists available on HRCalifornia. Not a member? Learn more about what HRCalifornia can do for you.

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