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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A strong dollar (making imports cheaper and exporting more difficult) appears to have little effect on the survival rate of small retailers, according to a study released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The study covers 15 years of data, from 1990 through 2005, from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics of U.S. Businesses and other sources.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The growth of small and microbusiness lending remained positive during the first half of 2008, although the expansion was slower than in the previous year, according to the latest edition of the Office of Advocacy’s annual study of lending to small firms. This new report, Small Business and Micro Business Lending in the United States for Data Years 2007-2008, gives a detailed account of small business lending overall, plus state-by-state totals and totals for individual lenders.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite more recent numbers showing improvement in the U.S. economy, the economic picture for small firms at the end of 2008 offered few bright spots, according to the 2009 edition of The Small Business Economy released by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Small businesses in most industries, especially in the construction industry hard hit by the housing market downturn, saw declines in employment. Along with declining sales, most small businesses faced a less accommodating credit market, especially in the second half of 2008.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Access to credit, a top issue for small businesses in the current climate, is the focus of a new compendium of studies sponsored by the Office of Advocacy. The structure of small business financial markets has been changing dramatically over recent decades, as large financial institutions have increased in importance. Small Business in Focus: Finance was released today at an Advocacy symposium.

Immigrant Founded Firms Similar To Other High-Impact, High-Tech Firms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sixteen percent of high-impact, high-tech firms have at least one immigrant founder, according to a study released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although these firms are concentrated in states with large immigrant populations, in most other respects they resemble high-impact, high-tech firms founded by native-born entrepreneurs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Entrepreneurship education is becoming more available at American universities, and researchers are looking at the results, according to a new study supported by the Office of Advocacy. The study is based on initial findings from a survey funded with a challenge grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies of New York University.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small businesses will play an important role in the nation’s economic future. The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profile for the United States, released today, provides details about small business employment, business starts and closings, bank lending in 2008, the demographics of business ownership, and firm and employment change by major industry and firm size.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s a story that comes with its own truism: “nothing succeeds like success.” States with higher gross state product growth are more likely to attract highly mobile and high-achieving college graduates, both self-employed and wage-and-salary workers, according to Office of Advocacy research based on the U.S. Department of Education’s 2003 Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) data base.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Much has been said about small employers of up to 500 workers, but little is known about the three-quarters of firms in the economy that are “nonemployers,” generating full- or part-time work for their owners. A new study examines basic statistics about the entry and exit of these very small firms. In contrast to employer firms, which often start as a response to an economic opportunity in the marketplace, nonemployer firms are often started as an occupational decision.

To view the full report on Data on Establishments by Firm Size, click the PDF attachment below.



Data on Establishments by Firm Size

Catherine Armington, Consultant to SBA

Contract # 7.3112.0188

June 4, 1998

1.0 Introduction and Summary

1.1 Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB) defined

1.2 Current availability of SUSB data

1.3 Business units and their relationship

1.4 Overview of SUSB microdata preparation


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