Data on Small Business

The Office of Advocacy disseminates small business economic data and statistics to highlight their economic contributions and importance to policymakers.  Below are links to the main public datasets for assessing the small business economy.  For additional economic datasets on small businesses, see Small Business Data Resources.

Census Bureau Statistics of U.S. Businesses (SUSB)

SUSB provides annual data on the number of employer businesses, employment, and payroll by business size, industry, and geographic area.  The Office of Advocacy partially funds the SUSB data series.

Census Bureau Nonemployer Statistics (NES)

NES provides annual data on the number of businesses that have no paid employees and total receipts by industry and geographic area.  The Census Bureau is developing a new data program, partially funded by the Office of Advocacy, to provide annual estimates of the number of business owners of nonemployer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status called Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D).  For more details, see working paper, Nonemployer Statistics by Demographics (NES-D):  Using Administrative and Census Records Data in Business Statistics.  NES-D data is expected to be available in 2021.  

Census Bureau Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE)

ASE provides annual data on the number of business owners of employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status by industry and geographic area.

Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners (SBO)

SBO provides data on the number of business owners of employer and non-employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status by industry and geographic area.

Census Bureau Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS)

BDS provides annual data on business startups and exits by size and age of business.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Business Employment Dynamics (BED)

BED provides quarterly data on job gains and job losses by business size.