One of our primary objectives at SmallBusiness.com is to discover and share information with a neutral point-of-view that helps those who own and run small businesses make better decisions throughout every day. We are constantly amazed to discover new tools and resources that contain just such information. Unfortunately, that help can often be buried deep within a government agency database or in a seemingly hidden part of a report. Thanks to the folks at the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy for making us aware of many of the data sources found on this list. 


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USDA | Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Government Business Data Sources

Key | √ = Source has small business data on this topic

1 | Demographics 5 | Firm Size Data 9 | Industry / Geography
2 | Employment 6 | Firms / Establishments 10 | Taxes
3 | Exports / International 7 | Health and/or Pensions 11 | Training
4 | Finance 8 | Income / Sales / Expenses

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U.S. Department of Commerce | Wikimedia Commons

Agency Available Data 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Commerce / Bureau of Economic Analysis Corporate Profits Proprietors' Income GDP
Commerce / Census Annual Capital Expenditures Survey
Business Dynamics Statistics
Business Expenses
County Business Patterns
Nonemployer Business Statistics
Statistics of U.S. Businesses
Survey of Business Owners
Survey of Income & Program Participation
Commerce / Int. Trade Admin. Importers and Exporters
Census & Bureau of Labor Stat. Current Population Survey

Key | √ = Source has small business data on this topic

1 | Demographics 5 | Firm Size Data 9 | Industry / Geography
2 | Employment 6 | Firms / Establishments 10 | Taxes
3 | Exports / International 7 | Health and/or Pensions 11 | Training
4 | Finance 8 | Income / Sales / Expenses

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Federal Reserve | Wikimedia Commons

Agency Available Data 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
U.S. Courts Bankruptcy Filings
FFIEC Community Reinvestment Act data
FDIC/FFIEC Call Report Data / Outstanding SB Loans
Federal Proc. Data System Small Business Goaling Report
Federal Reserve Board Flow of Funds
Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey
Survey of Consumer Finances
Survey of Small Business Finances
Survey of Terms of Business Lending
Health and Human Services Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

Key | √ = Source has small business data on this topic

1 | Demographics 5 | Firm Size Data 9 | Industry / Geography
2 | Employment 6 | Firms / Establishments 10 | Taxes
3 | Exports / International 7 | Health and/or Pensions 11 | Training
4 | Finance 8 | Income / Sales / Expenses

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SBA | Wikimedia Commons

Agency Available Data 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Labor / Bureau of Labor Statistics Business Employment Dynamics
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey
Survey of Employer-Provided Training
Links to Much more BLS Data
Labor / Employee Benefits Sec. Admin. Private Pension Plan Bulletin etc.
Securities & Exchange Commission EDGAR Database of Publicly Traded Cos.
Small Business Administration SBA Lending Data
SBA Weekly Lending Reports
Small Business Investment Company
SBA Office of Advocacy Small Business Research & Data
Social Security Administration Employment and Pension Data
Treasury / IRS / SOI Statistics of Income

Key | √ = Source has small business data on this topic

1 | Demographics 5 | Firm Size Data 9 | Industry / Geography
2 | Employment 6 | Firms / Establishments 10 | Taxes
3 | Exports / International 7 | Health and/or Pensions 11 | Training
4 | Finance 8 | Income / Sales / Expenses

 


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