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29 Palms: A Proud Community of Microbusiness

By   /   February 8, 2013  /   3 Comments

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Microbusiness: In the United States, a small business with five employees or less.

Microbusinesses are typically defined as needing less than $35,000 of seed capital, and generally do not have access to typical avenues of business finance such as corporate credit accounts or commercial banking services.

Micro Businesses comprise 90% plus of  all business in the City of Twentynine Palms. With the exception of the out of town owned corporate stores and the few franchise  fast food outlets, most of the commerce in town is done by microbusinesses.

Consider these numbers from the Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Census:

  • – 90 percent of all businesses in the U.S. are microbusinesses.
  • – 99 percent of all African American-owned firms are microbusinesses.
  • – 96.1 percent of women-owned enterprises are microbusinesses.

“If one in three Main Street businesses hired just one employee, this country would be at full employment,”  Connie Evans, president and chief executive officer with the Washington-based Association for Enterprise Opportunity recently said.

Most of the Building Contractors, all artists and crafters, and  most if not all of the Brick and mortar businesses in both the Historic Plaza and the overall downtown area are microbusinesses. This website and even this authors Hot Dog Cart are a microbusinesses.

Art is not just the total cost of pigment and canvas. To value the worth of  information, is not to total up the cost of bandwidth and storage. The worth of War and Peace to society is weighed by neither the  leather bindings  or the number of pages, but the story Leo Tolstoy paints with his words.  So too is the worth of a microbusiness. Whether the microbusiness on occasion is able to help pay the bills of its owner or is able to make the payroll of 5,  microbusiness is what makes up the meat, bones and hide of not only business in 29 Palms but America itself.

Instead of putting impediments and obstacles in the way of microbusiness,  government needs if not to move out of the way, but support microbusiness.

Here is to every dress shop, cafe, art gallery, florist, real estate agency, mechanic and every other micro business whether street vendor, home based or Brick and Mortar, we are the risk takers. Yes we are proud of our accomplishments, but we are better for our defeats.

So the next time someone belittles you and your microbusiness… smile…. then go sell the son of a bitch something.


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About the author

Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.


  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    That is funny, in 29 we may have micro-businesses but we are macro managed by a bunch of _ _ _ _ control freaks from the P C and city, yep my micro business has a macro obstacle called the city of 29 palms. All is fine and well for those in this town that get government checks, well maybe not unless you’re going to spend that check at one of the many massage brothels. That just happens when there is a lack of business experience on the PC and council, we do get what we collectively deserve.

    • Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

      Keyboard warrior!

      Type away my friend. But unless you are part of the solution you are not helping anyone but your ego.

      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        ” America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the
        system, but too early to shoot the bastards” [ traitors]. Claire Wolf

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