October  2005      Vol. 14, No. 9  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Ten Reasons to Love Small Business

10. Small businesses make up more than 99.7 percent of all employers.

9. Small businesses create more than 50 percent of the non-farm private gross domestic product.

8. Small patenting firms produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

7. The 22.9 million small businesses in the United States are located in virtually every neighborhood.

6. Small businesses employ about half of all private sector workers.

5. Home-based businesses account for 53 percent of all small businesses.

4. Small businesses make up 97 percent of exporters and produce 29 percent of all export value.

3. Small businesses with employees start up at a rate of more than 500,000 per year.

2. Four years after start-up, half of all small businesses with employees remain open.

1. The latest figures show that small businesses create 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy.

Source: SBA Office of Advocacy. For more information, visit the Office of Advocacy at http://www.sba.gov/advo 
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