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by Lucia Naldi and Mattias Nordqvist, SE 551 11 Jönköping, Sweden, [37] pages. Under contract no.SBAHQ-07-M-0364

A Working Paper by Ying Lowrey, Office of Advocacy, 2009. [59] pages.

by Chad Moutray, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy, 2009. [39] pages.


States looking to grow their economies must ensure that sufficient human capital exists to raise productivity, output, and incomes throughout the state. Some of these gains will stem from the creation of new enterprises, which previous research links to higher living standards.

George W. Haynes, Ph.D.
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Under contract no. SBAHQ-08-M-0454
Release Date: January 2010


This study updates previous reports prepared for the Office of Advocacy on the income and wealth of U.S. households that owned (or did not own) small businesses over various economic periods. It covers the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), exploring these trends over the period from 1998 to 2007.

WASHINGTON, DC— Today Winslow Sargeant, SBA’s Chief Counsel for Advocacy called for a repeal of the burdensome expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement for small business. Testifying before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Sargeant endorsed the recently introduced “Small Business Paperwork Relief Act” and commended Senators Baucus and Landrieu for its introduction. The hearing focused on reducing the regulatory and administrative burdens on America’s small businesses.

A working paper by Zoltan Acs, Brian Headd, and Hezekiah Agwara, 2009 [24] pages.
Under contract SBAHQ-08-M-0195


Nonemployer firms—businesses without employees—represent a large percentage of businesses; however, little is known about their dynamics (entry and exit). This report seeks to illustrate basic statistics about the prevalence of entry and exit for nonemployers and the local conditions that led to their entry.

Kathryn Kobe, Economic Consulting Services, LLC; Washington, D.C. 20036
2009. 65 pages. Under contract no. SBAHQ-06-M-0477.

WASHINGTON, DC— The availability, speed and price of broadband services vary significantly between metro area and rural businesses, according to a study released today by the SBA Office of Advocacy. The study, entitled The Impact of Broadband Speed and Price on Small Business, found that when prices are held constant, rural small businesses get less service compared with metro small businesses. When services are held constant, rural small businesses pay higher prices than metro small busi­nesses.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Does small business ownership help increase a household’s overall well-being? One way to look at this is to examine how the income and wealth of households owning small businesses changed in the most recent economic expansion and recovery period. That task was undertaken in a study just released by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Entrepreneurial activity in one U.S. county or state often reflects similar activity in neighboring jurisdictions, according to an analysis of geographic and other patterns in new business formation across the United States. The study, New Business Clustering in U.S. Counties, 1990-2006, by Larry A. Plummer, sheds light on business activity related to levels of education, industry, economic growth patterns, and geography. The report uses 1990-2006 business startup and closure data from the Census Bureau’s Statistics of U.S. Businesses.


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