Family businesses are often the pillars of their community. A case in point is Peterson Holding Companies, the parent firm of FBA Member Peterson Cat. The company was founded in 1936 by founder and company namesake Howard Peterson and now his grandson, Duane Doyle, is the company president.

On its website, the San Leandro-based heavy equipment dealer devotes a page to community outreach.

Peterson Holding Company, and all wholly owned subsidiaries (“Peterson”), are committed to partnering with nonprofit and charitable organizations within the communities we serve. To request a consideration for a donation or equipment rental for your organization, please complete this application and return it to Peterson in the Community by email, fax, or mail.

Among the numerous charities and nonprofits the company has assisted over the years are TLC for Kids Sports, Miracle League of the North Bay, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Susan G Komen Foundation, the Salvation Army, and the Oakland Zoo.

Statistically, family businesses are far more likely to give back to their communities. They are based there, not in a city half a continent away, the owners have likely lived there for generations. They have deep roots.

FBA salutes Peterson and all its members for their community involvement. And we remind state lawmakers and regulators that this is just another reason why California should encourage family businesses to thrive from generation to generation, not hinder them.

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