Number of Small Businesses in Fresno County, CA: 2023 Outlook

According to the latest statistics, there are 74,598 small businesses in Fresno County, CA. These small businesses make up nearly 99.95 percent of all businesses in the county.
By Neilsberg Research January 24, 2023
The number of small businesses in Fresno County, CA

As per the U.S. Small Business Administration a small business is defined as one with fewer than 500 employees. To learn more about the trends related to the number of small businesses in Fresno County, we’ve analyzed all of the most essential data reported by relevant surveys across various departments at the U.S. Census Bureau. 

How many small businesses are there in Fresno County, CA?

Key small business stats

Our research yielded several striking findings related to the number of small businesses in Fresno County, CA:

  • According to the 2022 Small Business profile from the Office of Advocacy, U.S. SBA and Statistics of US Businesses, the number of small businesses totaled 74,598 in Fresno County, CA.
  • The small businesses make up nearly all (99.95 percent) businesses in Fresno County, CA.
  • Most of Fresno County’s small businesses are very small as 96.20 percent of all businesses did not have employees or have fewer than 20 employees.
  • As per the Non employer statistics, self-employment in Fresno County, CA increased by 18.62% over the last 8 years. .  
  • Between 2021 and 2022, the number of small businesses in Fresno County, CA increased by 1,847 ( 2.54% ). Overall the number of small businesses marked a a growth of 10,543 ( 16.46% ) between 2014 and 2022.

Fresno County, CA: Small businesses with no employees

As of Sep 2022, there were 57,287 small businesses with no employees in Fresno County, CA. Compared to 2014, that is an increase of 8,993 ( 18.62% ) in the number of self employed population in the county.

Most recently, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of small businesses with no employees increased by 1,619 from being 55,668 in 2021.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, across the United States, we witnessed an ongoing economic trend of the rise of gig economy and the beginning of the great resignation. The biggest impact was found in the economic activity related to the small businesses with no employees.

Its impact in Fresno County, CA is clearly reflected in the below chart, displaying number of small businesses with no employees between 2016 and 2022 (Exhibit 2).

Exhibit 2
The number of small businesses with no employees in Fresno County, CA

Below is a table showing the number of businesses with no employees since 2016.

Year Reported Businesses With No Employees
2016 49,304
2017 50,231
2018 50,405
2019 51,942
2020 53,708
2021 55,668
2022 57,287

Fresno County, CA: Small businesses with less than 20 employees

Between 2014 and 2022, the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees increased by 1,130 ( 8.44% ). In 2014 the number of businesses were 13,382, which increased to 14,512 in 2022.

Overall most of the small businesses in Fresno County, CA are very small, and have less then 20 employees. These micro businesses account for nearly 83.64% of the total businesses with employees in the county.

The trend in the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees is visible in the below chart ( Exhibit 3).

Exhibit 3
The number of small businesses with less than 20 employees in Fresno County, CA


Here is a comprehensive overview of the number of small businesses with less than 20 employees since 2016:

Year Reported Businesses With 1-19 Employees
2016 13,481
2017 13,550
2018 13,681
2019 13,918
2020 14,124
2021 14,283
2022 14,512

Fresno County, CA: Small businesses with 20 - 99 employees

Of the 3,195 counties reviewed across the United States, the small businesses with 20 - 99 employees was found to be resilient set with respect to the impact of the pandemic. 

In Fresno County, CA the number of small businesses with 20 - 99 employees increased from being 2,114 in 2014 to 2,464 in 2022. In percentage terms the change is an increase of approximately 16.56%.

We have charted the number of small businesses with 20 - 99 employees since 2016 ( Exhibit 4):

Exhibit 4
The number of small businesses with 20 to 99 employees in Fresno County, CA

Over the last 7 years, the number of small businesses with 20-99 employees is tabulated below:

Year Reported Businesses With 20-99 Employees
2016 2,187
2017 2,247
2018 2,340
2019 2,362
2020 2,395
2021 2,468
2022 2,464

Fresno County, CA: Small businesses with 100 - 499 employees

As per the U.S. Small Business Administration, the businesses with 100 - 499 employees are the largest businesses eligible to be classified under the category of being called as a small business. In Fresno County, CA the number of such businesses changed from 265 in 2014 to 335 in 2022.

An increase in the number of these businesses is a good economic indicator for a county. With an increase of 70 such businesses between 2014 and 2022 shows that this is a great county for business growth.

Full set of data related to the number of small businesses with 100 - 499 employees is shown in the below chart ( Exhibit 5):

Exhibit 5
The number of small businesses with 100 to 499 employees in Fresno County, CA

You can also find the table below with the number of small businesses with 100 - 499 employees in Fresno County, CA:

Year Reported Businesses With 100-499 Employees
2016 270
2017 288
2018 295
2019 307
2020 329
2021 332
2022 335

References

Data used for the report on number of small business in the Fresno County, CA was sourced from the following programs, surveys and reports within the US Census Bureau: 

1) Annual small business profile published by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy.

2) Nonemployer Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

3) County Business Patterns, U.S. Census Bureau

4) Statistics of US Businesses, U.S. Census Bureau

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