According to the Size of Business report, 95 percent of businesses in California had less than 100 employees. There are many resources available for this most important segment of California's economy:
"California Size of Business" answers the questions of the number of small businesses, what industry they are and where are they. The data are from the third quarter of each year.
U.S. Small Business Administration - your first stop includes tools for starting and planning your business, links to sources of funding and loans, free online training, tips for marketing your business, and more.
Small Business Assistance Center from the California Tax Service Center
Get Certified as a Small Business to do business with the State of California.
State Government Programs for Small Business
Small Business Profiles are a review of how small businesses fared in their respective states and how they contributed to the economic condition in their states and that of the United States. This annual profile contains sections on the following topics: the number of firms, industry composition, small business income, banking, women and minority business ownership, and employment.