U.S. Census: Small business is big business in San Mateo County

Here’s a big number: firms with fewer than 100 employees account for 97.4 percent of employers in San Mateo County, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
And firms with fewer than five employees account for more than half of all businesses.  Just 31 of the 21,366 businesses in San Mateo County employ 1,000 or more people.

So today, (March 7) on National Be Heard Day, let’s support small business owners and aspiring owners who are making their voices heard. National Be Heard Day is dedicated to the 145 million small businesses in the United States as they strive to be heard in their communities.

Data from the Census Bureau shows that the entrepreneurial spirit thrives in San Mateo County. Check out the accompanying chart for number of businesses, paid employees and payroll. All information is from 2018, the latest year with available data.

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