State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today presented Paul’s Place Restaurant and Bakery, located in Merced, with the 12th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year award during a ceremony in Sacramento.
“With over 25 years in business, Paul’s Place Restaurant and Bakery’s commitment to Merced should be commended. They treat their employees as part of the family and several have been with them for over 2 decades. After a fire in 2012 forced a closure of the restaurant, each employee was paid their full salaries for two months while repairs were made and each of them returned to work when the restaurant reopened,” said Senator Cannella. “I was proud to present Paul and Teresa Ybarra with the Small Business of the Year award to recognize just how important they and their business are to the community.”
Co-sponsored by a coalition of small business organizations, California Small Business Day provides legislators and advocacy organizations a unique opportunity to honor the important role small businesses play in communities across California.
There are approximately 3.6 million small businesses in California, representing 99% of the state’s employers and 52% of California’s private-sector employment. Since the award’s establishment in 2000, legislators have recognized small businesses in their districts for their contributions to the local economy and for their community and charitable service.