California Business Success Stories

California’s businesses continue to expand and create jobs, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of the Golden State’s business owners. California is a national leader in a variety of industries, from manufacturing and agriculture to biotechnology and green jobs.

The State of California offers a variety of incentive programs to encourage business development and expansion in California, including the Governor’s Economic Development Initiative, a $750 million investment in California’s businesses. The companies spotlighted below all benefited from the California Competes Tax Credit, which encourages business expansion in California. Click here to learn more about incentives available to your business.


Kinkisharyo International is building 235 state-of-the-art light rail cars for Los Angeles County Metro at a factory in the county’s Antelope Valley. The company, which is recruiting, training, and employing a diverse workforce that will eventually number over 200 people, has already manufactured and delivered the initial cars on time, cementing its reputation as the nation’s top light rail car builder.

Klean Kanteen

As a certified B Corporation, Klean Kanteen is committed to utilizing business practices that support responsible growth in California. Klean Kanteen manufactures stainless steel products that are designed to replace a lifetime of single use items, to start conversations, and to give back to the things we care about. The company’s mission is to deliver simple solutions that inspire healthy choices and create benefit for people and the places we live and play.

Perfect Bar

Based in sunny San Diego, Perfect Bar is a family-owned and operated business known for making the freshest nutrition bars ever created. Perfect Bar and the Keith family have turned the crowded $6 billion snack bar industry upside down with their unique line of refrigerated whole food nutrition bars. Refrigerated? Yes, indeed. Perfect Bar’s ingredient label boasts an array of 20+ organic superfoods without a single chemical preservative, artificial ingredient or refined sugar. That’s why they’re kept cold fresh in the fridge. Look for Perfect Bar at Whole Foods Market, Costco, Safeway, Kroger and many other fine retailers nationwide.