The Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles are an annual analysis of each state’s small business activities. Each profile gathers the latest information from key federal data-gathering agencies to provide a snapshot of small business health and economic activity. This year’s profiles report on state economic growth and employment; small business employment, industry composition, and turnover; plus business owner demographics and county-level employment change.
By Economist Daniel Wilmoth, PhD
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The Office of Advocacy releases the Regulatory Flexibility Act report annually to inform Congress of how well agencies are complying with the RFA. The fiscal year 2015 report includes interviews with four former chief counsels for advocacy. Former Chief Counsel Frank Swain, who was in office when the RFA was enacted, said, “The RFA, because of its statutory basis, is going to be around indefinitely.” Read More
The Office of Advocacy has released a new study entitled Income and Net Worth of Veteran Business Owners over the Business Cycle, 2007–2013. In the study, the author George Haynes examines the changing financial health of veterans during the recent recession and recovery. Veterans play a pivotal role in American society, so understanding their finances is a national priority and a key to expanding opportunities for their businesses. The report finds that veteran households with small businesses tended to be wealthier than veteran households without small businesses, except between 2007 through 2013, when both groups had similar income levels.
The study can be found on Advocacy’s website here.
The Office of Advocacy has released a new issue brief entitled Peer-to-Peer Lending: A Financing Alternative for Small Businesses. Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) is an alternative funding model in which individual investors provide small sums as personal loans to individuals via Internet platforms. In this brief, Research Economist Miriam Segal builds upon existing research and discusses the emerging funding option by explaining the investment model, comparing it to traditional small business financing options, and presenting implications regarding the future of peer-to-peer lending. While the brief outlines scholarly research on various sources of capital, this report also gives the research economist, the potential investor, and the small business owner, the most up-to-date information on different opportunities for accessing capital in today’s economy. The complete issue brief can be accessed on Advocacy’s website here.
The Office of Advocacy has released the Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act FY 2014. The report is a requirement of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which directs the Chief Counsel for Advocacy to monitor federal agency compliance with the RFA and report on it at least annually. This year’s report finds that the Office of Advocacy’s efforts at ensuring RFA compliance helped save small entities at least $4.8 billion in first-year regulatory costs in FY 2014, while ensuring that agencies were able to meet their regulatory goals.
The report can be found here: Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act FY 2014
And the research summary can be found here: Small Business Research Summary No. 428
The Office of Advocacy has released the Annual Report of the Office of Economic Research, FY 2014. 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. This annual report provides details about and a link to each of OER’s publications from FY 2014. The full report can be found on Advocacy’s website here.
The Office of Advocacy released its annual report on small business lending. Small Business Lending in the United States, 2013 describes trends in the small business lending market in general. It also provides data on more than 6,000 U.S. lenders, showing the emphasis on small business lending in their portfolios.
The report covers the time period June 2012 to June 2013 using Call Report data from the FDIC, and supplements this with Community Reinvestment Act data from 2012. During this period, small business lending improved, but at a slower pace than large business lending. Soon afterward, small business lending entered positive territory. A data update is provided to cover these trends, extending into the first quarter of 2014.
The report and research summary are available on Advocacy’s webpage at https://www.sba.gov/advocacy/small-business-lending-united-states-2013.
The Office of Advocacy released its Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014. This two-page publication includes charts and tables of economic variables to show the status of small business. This latest quarterly bulletin shows positive indicators for small businesses. The bulletin includes data about establishment birth and death rates, proprietors’ income, employment change by size of firm, labor turnover and self-employment.
The Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014 can be accessed on Advocacy’s web site here.