Small business climbs out of backseat
to big business
By Pat Murphy
August 9, 2006
The San Francisco small business community yesterday climbed
out of its backseat role to the interests of big business.
Releasing a 110-page study of small business economic impact
on the City, one representative asserted "...it's time that
City government catches up and realizes that small businesses
are driving the economy of this city."
In recent years small business representatives grumbled their
needs were dismissed by local government in favor of big business,
mostly recently in lack of representation on the City's Universal
Health Care Council.
Framers of past unsuccessful tax hike ballot proposals also ruffled
the small business community by not consulting small business.
Gathered on the steps of City Hall in an 11:00 a.m. press conference
Tuesday, small business voices said the study indicates small
business is more loyal to employees than large firms.
"Perhaps some of the most startling figures released in
the study show that of the job losses in San Francisco during
2000 through 2004, 71% of the jobs lost were of large employees,"
said Scott Hauge, president of Cal Insurance.
The report was compiled by economist Kent Sims for Cal Insurance.
Hauge added, "One of the most eye opening figures is the
fact that small business released less than ten percent of their
employees during the recession while large business released more
than 20% of theirs despite the two groups of business having similar
shares of the pre-recession private employment."
According to the study, small business produces a $14.4 billion
"Small business is the crux of the San Francisco economy,"
"San Francisco City Government clearly needs to develop
an attitude that will created and facilitate small business and
we hope this study will encourage them o realize this City's fullest
potential, embrace small business and create a pro-small business
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