Within the San Gabriel Valley’s 385 square miles, 31 cities and several unincorporated communities, the right environment for business can be found–as well as the resources to help business move in, get started and grow. In addition to the 70,212 small and medium-sized business establishments that form the basis of the Valley’s business community, numerous Fortune 500 companies have major offices or plants in the San Gabriel Valley: Edison International, Avery Dennison, MillerCoors and Jacobs Engineering Group. Strong corporations headquartered in the San Gabriel Valley include Southern California Edison, Kaiser Permanente, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cathay Bank, Majestic Realty Co., Ready Pac Produce, East West Bank, Trader Joe’s and Huy Fong Foods.
The wholesale sector is one of the San Gabriel Valley’s biggest industry categories, representing 24 percent of Valley businesses in 2010. A San Gabriel Valley Foreign Trade Zone has been established to make it easier and more cost effective for local businesses to participate in international trade.
Big Buying Power
Retail Sales in the San Gabriel Valley reached nearly $14 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $15.2 billion in 2012. The region also plays a crucial role in Southern California’s retail market of over $220 billion.