Welcome to California Student Vote –


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There is a new generation with inspiration for California Commerce.

Obviously, for California students, college or trade school isn’t the end goal; it’s a means to an end.  The goal of higher education is ultimately a rewarding career.  We ask students at California colleges, universities, trade schools and apprenticeship programs the following types of questions:

Generation Y – or Millennials–now students or just entering the workforce, are the new voice for what’s happening. California Student Vote provides an opportunity for Millennials to share ideas about the companies they like and support. From new concepts in small businesses, corporations, and retail stores, to online businesses and charitable organizations, the votes highlight today’s California success stories.
We hope to enable you to learn about trends, and take advantage of future commerce, driving prosperity within the state of California.
The companies listed here are based on the answers to these types of questions.  They represent the companies in different categories that California students like the best and/or would prefer to work for.

2000/2001-Present – New Silent Generation or Generation Z
1980-2000 – Millennials or Generation Y
1965-1979 – Generation X1946-1964 – Baby Boom
1925-1945 – Silent Generation
1900-1924 – G.I. Generation

Who are Millennials?

The Pew Research Center Report, “Millennials in adulthood, 3/2014, says this generation is, “detached from institutions and networked with friends,” and “somewhat more upbeat than older adults about America’s future,” with 49% of Millennials saying the country’s best years are ahead though they’re the first in the modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt and unemployment. Pew defines “adult Millennials” as those who are 18 to 33 years old, born 1981–1996.

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman

In California, there are approximately:

  • 3.7 million businesses in California.
  • 2.8 million (76.8%) of the 3.7 million were non-employer firms and 431,635 (11.8%) were microbusinesses (with less than 4 employees), totaling 3.2 million (89%) of business in the state.
  • 3.4 million (92%) businesses with 9 or less employees.
  • 3.44 million (94%) with19 or less employees.
  • 3.5 million (96%) with 99 or less employees.
  • 100-499 employees accounted for 36,877 (1%) of businesses.
  • 500+ employees accounted for 117,747 (3.2%), accounting for only 4.2% of business in the state.