The Kauffman Index 2016: Main Street Entrepreneurship State Trends
136 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last revised: 1 Dec 2016
Date Written: November 1, 2016
The Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive indicator of small business activity in the United States, integrating high-quality sources of timely information into one composite indicator. The Index captures business activity in all industries and is based on both a nationally representative sample size of roughly 900,000 responses each year and on the universe of all employer businesses in the United States on a dataset covering approximately five million businesses. The focus here is on business owners based on a location, survival rates of firms, and established small businesses — employer firms five years old and older and with fewer than fifty employees. As such, we examine both the business owners and the businesses they own.
Main Street entrepreneurship is an important aspect of the U.S. economy and society. Established small businesses make up almost 68 percent of all employer firms in the United States and are a source of local economic activity.
This report represents trends in Main Street entrepreneurship activity of the past two decades for all fifty states of the United States. Two separate reports look at these same trends in the forty largest metros in the country and at the national level. Some Main Street Entrepreneurship Index components, when available, also are reported by demographic groups.
Keywords: Kauffman index, startup, business, state, united states, regional, main street
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