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33.2 million small businesses exist across the U.S.
34.6% of small businesses survived to the 10-year mark.
19.9% of businesses are minority-owned.
32% of small-business owners say inflation is their biggest business challenge right now.
Have you ever wondered about the success rate of small businesses? Maybe you’re curious what percentage of small businesses are minority-owned or how inflation has affected small businesses across the country.
Federal agencies like the Small Business Administration, the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics keep tabs on nearly every facet of the small-business economy. Surveys from nonprofits and private groups help round out the picture.
The following small-business statistics give a snapshot of the business landscape in the U.S. as of 2023.
Small-business statistics: General facts
33.2 million small businesses across the U.S.
According to the SBA, as of 2022, 33.2 million small businesses exist across the country, employing more than 61.5 million people.
12.9 million jobs created
Small businesses created 12.9 million net new jobs between 1996 and 2021, accounting for 66% of net new jobs created since 1996, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
20% of new businesses close within a year
Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Around 20% of new businesses close within a year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though most businesses will find short-term success, only a handful have long-term staying power. BLS data showing the number of businesses that opened in March 2012 reveals that 34.6% of those businesses remained open in 2022, meaning just shy of 35% of new businesses made it to their 10th anniversary.
$25.7 billion in SBA 7(a) loans were provided to small businesses
In fiscal year 2022, the SBA provided $25.7 billion through more than 47,000 7(a) loans to small businesses. Sixty-eight percent of those were loans of $350,000 or less, the SBA reports.
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Small-business statistics: Banking post-SVB failure
A NerdWallet survey of over 300 U.S. small-business owners was conducted online by The Harris Poll between April 26 and May 1, 2023. The survey asked about business banking habits in general, as well as the impact of recent bank failures, such as Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, on business owners. Read the full survey methodology.
96% of small-business owners have business bank accounts
In the 2023 survey of small-business owners, 96% say they have a business banking account.
Of those small-business owners who have business banking accounts, 52% use just one bank for these accounts, 39% use two banks and 10% use three or more banks.
60% reported no impact from recent bank failures
Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed in March 2023. According to NerdWallet’s survey, 60% of small-business owners say recent bank closures had no impact on their business.
Only 13% of small-business owners say they opened a new bank account as a result of recent bank failures, though 25% say they considered moving their business accounts to a different bank.
Payroll was delayed as a result of recent bank failures for 4% of small-business owners.
Over half of small businesses have $50,000 or more in their business banking accounts
Of small-business owners who have business banking accounts, 14% report having less than $10,000 across all of their business banking accounts. Another 13% say they have between $10,000 and $24,999.
On the other hand, 55% say they have $50,000 or more across all their business bank accounts. And 23% report having $250,000 or more on deposit.
If your bank has $250,000 or more in cash deposits, it’s important to spread it out across multiple bank accounts. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation only guarantees up to $250,000 per account in the event of a bank failure.
Small-business statistics: Diversity in entrepreneurship
21.4% of businesses are owned by women
According to the Census Bureau’s 2021 Annual Business Survey, about 21.4% of all employer businesses in 2020 were owned by women. The over 1.2 million women-owned businesses employed nearly 11 million people.
19.9% of businesses are minority-owned
The same Census Bureau survey reveals that nearly 20% of all employer businesses in 2020 were minority-owned businesses. Among those, Hispanic-owned businesses saw growth of a little over 8% from 2019 to 2020.
21.7% of business owners are immigrants
Data from New American Economy shows that more than 21% of all U.S. business owners as of 2019 were immigrants. And as of 2017, immigrant-owned businesses employed 8 million people.
$2 billion-plus in bonded contracts were awarded to small businesses
The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee program, which helps small businesses (particularly those in historically underserved communities) compete for government contracts, aided in the distribution of more than $2 billion in contracting awards to small businesses in fiscal year 2022. More than 62% of that total made it to small-business owners from underserved communities, according to the SBA’s Office of Surety Guarantees.
76% of SBA microloans went to underserved communities
Business owners coming from traditionally underrepresented communities and hoping to secure a loan may be encouraged to learn that 76% of SBA microloans issued in fiscal year 2022 went to underserved communities, according to the SBA.
Small-business statistics: 2023 business landscape
32% of business owners cite inflation as their single most important problem
A monthly survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation notes that nearly one-third of small-business owners indicate inflation is the most important business problem they face today.
41% of small-business owners note trouble filling jobs
The same NFIB survey reveals 41% of small-business owners have struggled to fill open positions. Of the owners who reported actively hiring or trying to hire in December 2022, 93% cited a lack of qualified applicants.
85% of business owners feel the impact of supply chain issues
A majority of business owners have felt the impacts of supply chain issues to some extent, with nearly a quarter of small-business owners reporting a significant impact on their business, according to the NFIB survey.
64% of small-business owners expect revenue to increase
Despite the challenging economic climate, 64% of small-business owners expect to see revenue increase over the next year, according to Bank of America’s 2022 Small Business Owner Report.
57% of business owners believe cybersecurity will be increasingly important
The same Bank of America report reveals which technologies small-business owners believe will be most impactful to their business over the next 10 years. More than half — 57% — of business owners believe cybersecurity will be the most important emerging technology, while 39% of small-business owners see automation playing an increasingly important role.
Small-business statistics: COVID-19 pandemic recovery
5.5 million small-business jobs created after the recession
Small-business employment took a massive hit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a net loss of 8.6 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But in the second half of 2020 and first half of 2021, small businesses created 5.5 million jobs. In the second quarter of 2021, specifically, small-business employment continued to show significant recovery with the creation of 939,000 jobs. The effects of the pandemic are still being felt among small-business owners, but this data offers a promising look at their resiliency.
10.5 million-plus PPP loan recipients submitted forgiveness applications
As of October 2022, more than 10.5 million PPP loans were submitted for forgiveness. Ninety-three percent of those have been partially or fully forgiven, according to metrics collected by the SBA.
21.6% of small businesses cite a large negative effect on business due to the pandemic
While 21.6% of small businesses were still seeing (as of April 2022) a large negative effect on their business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, that figure is an improvement from the 31.8% of small businesses that felt such an impact earlier in the pandemic (between August and September 2020), according to data collected by the Census Bureau.
18.5% of small-business owners plan to change business strategies in the next six months
As business owners look to remain resilient coming out of the worst of the pandemic, some are focusing on key areas of their business over the next six months: 20.2% plan to improve existing goods and services, 18.5% intend to shift business strategies, and 13.9% anticipate adopting or expanding use of digital technologies, Census Bureau data reveals.