By Louisa L. Miller, Business Consultant
The economic fate of the nation often does not reflect the environment and activity in the High Desert. Small business growth has been slow since the Great Recession across the country ,and the uncertainties caused by changes in national and local government, for better or for worse, make business and banking more cautious. Uncertainty is the hobgoblin of business growth. The interest folks in the High Desert have for starting and growing their small businesses is strong.
The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center notes that the top startup business categories include food services/restaurants, retail, consulting and fitness-related businesses. These categories look a lot like they did a decade ago. In some ways that is a concern because of relatively low pay, but the upside is that our region consumes a lot of retail offerings.… Read the full article