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Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2014

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We are pleased to present this fiscal year 2014 annual report for the Office of Advocacy’s Office of Economic Research (OER). Advocacy places a high value on sound economic research, which contributes to better policy for small business, and on providing our small business stakeholders with timely and actionable information about the current economic climate.

Throughout more than 35 years of existence, the Office of Advocacy has conducted economic research as part of its core mission. In 1976, Public Law 94-305 assigned to Advocacy the task of examining “the role of small business in the American economy and the contribution which small business can make in improving competition.”
In fiscal year 2014, Advocacy produced 23 contract and internal research reports on a variety of topics including access to capital, employment, environment, minority-and women-owned businesses, procurement, retirement, taxation and veterans.

In addition to these reports, Advocacy economists participated in roundtables and conferences about various small business topics such as small business lending, international trade and entrepreneurship. These outreach efforts are crucial to better understanding and advocating for small business stakeholders nationwide.

We appreciate our stakeholders’ contributions in support of the best possible research on small business and we look forward to hearing from you in the year ahead. For more information about the Office of Advocacy, visit our website at www.sba.gov/advocacy.

Winslow Sargeant, Ph.D., Chief Counsel for Advocacy

Christine Kymn, Ph.D., Chief Economist/Director, Office of Economic Research