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SBA Office of Advocacy Official page for the SBA Office of Advocacy, the small business watchdog in the federal go Appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S.

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy ma

Created by Congress in 1976, the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. Senate, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy directs the office. The Chief Counsel advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts, and state policy ma

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Did you know that new business owners often rely on their own resources for start-up capital? 75% of new businesses use ...
05/04/2022

Did you know that new business owners often rely on their own resources for start-up capital? 75% of new businesses use personal savings, while 19% use a bank. Businesses can start with a range of capital. Most businesses start with less than $25,000 in capital while 12% of businesses use over $250,000 to start.

For more facts about small business, read our Small Business Finance FAQ at https://advocacy.sba.gov/2022/02/15/frequently-asked-questions-about-small-business-2022/.

Welcome to Small Business Week! Did you know that small businesses comprise over 99% of businesses in the U.S.? About tw...
05/02/2022

Welcome to Small Business Week! Did you know that small businesses comprise over 99% of businesses in the U.S.? About two-thirds of new businesses survive at least two years, and about half of businesses survive five years. Additionally, 20% of employer businesses in the U.S. are majority owned by women.

Read more facts about small business in our Frequently Asked Questions report at https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/11/03/frequently-asked-questions-about-small-business-2021/.

Despite losing 9.1 million jobs in the first two quarters of 2020, small businesses job growth rebounded swiftly followi...
04/26/2022
Small Business Facts: Small Business Job Creation

Despite losing 9.1 million jobs in the first two quarters of 2020, small businesses job growth rebounded swiftly following the COVID-19 recession. In the four quarters following, small businesses have gained 5.5 million jobs, making up for 60 percent of the decline during the early pandemic. Small businesses have generated 12.9 million net new jobs over the past 25 years, accounting for two out of every three jobs added to the economy. For more, read Advocacy’s latest fact sheet, “Small Business Job Creation” at https://advocacy.sba.gov/2022/04/26/small-business-facts-small-business-job-creation/.

Despite losing 9.1 million jobs in the first two quarters of 2020, small businesses job growth rebounded swiftly following the COVID-19 recession. In the four quarters following, small businesses have gained 5.5 million jobs, making up for 60 percent

The Office of Advocacy’s efforts at monitoring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resul...
04/05/2022
Report On The Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2021: Annual Report Of The Chief Counsel For Advocacy On Implementation Of The Regulatory Flexibility Act And Executive Order 13272

The Office of Advocacy’s efforts at monitoring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resulted in changes to fifteen specific rules and $3.277 billion in small business regulatory cost savings. Read Advocacy’s “Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2021,” for more information.

As the voice of small business in government, the Office of Advocacy is working to bring small businesses’ priorities into the regulatory process. Advocacy’s efforts at ensuring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resu

Advocacy’s Small Business Finance Frequently Asked Questions details a broad range of finance data concerning small busi...
02/15/2022
Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business Finance, 2022

Advocacy’s Small Business Finance Frequently Asked Questions details a broad range of finance data concerning small businesses in the United States. The FAQ is a convenient place to find information on small business financing, types and amounts of capital used by small businesses, the role that different lending options play for small businesses, and trends and characteristics of capital access by business owner demographic.

See it on Advocacy's website here:

Advocacy’s Small Business Finance Frequently Asked Questions details a broad range of finance data concerning small businesses in the United States. The FAQ is a convenient place to find information on small business financing, types and amounts of c

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to continue its Small Business Profiles for the Congressional Districts series. The co...
01/05/2022
2021 Small Business Profiles For Congressional Districts

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to continue its Small Business Profiles for the Congressional Districts series. The congressional district profiles are part of Advocacy’s state profile series, which provides user-friendly snapshots of national, state, and congressional district small business statistics.

Each profile shows the impact of small businesses in 436 congressional districts. Readers can find the congressional district’s total number of small employers and their industry breakout. Additionally, the profiles show the number of workers employed by small businesses and a map showing the share and distribution of self-employed workers across the district.

The profiles, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, cover the 436 congressional districts in the 50 states and District of Columbia. Advocacy uses the latest small business economic data available at the congressional district level from government sources. However, the data were collected before the COVID-19 pandemic. District lines are based on the 116th Congress.

View the 2021 Congressional District Profiles here:

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to continue its Small Business Profiles for the Congressional Districts series. The congressional district profiles are part of Advocacy’s state profile series, which provides user-friendly snapshots of national, sta

Join Advocacy for our next Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable on Friday, November 19, 2021. See details ...
11/17/2021
Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable – November 19, 2021

Join Advocacy for our next Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable on Friday, November 19, 2021.

See details here:

Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) RoundtableFriday, November 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon (Eastern Time)Via Teams WebinarDear Small Business Representatives:We have scheduled the next Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable for

Reminder to join Advocacy's Small Business Natural Resources Roundtable tomorrow on November 16, 2021.See more info on t...
11/15/2021
Small Business Natural Resources Roundtable- November 16, 2021

Reminder to join Advocacy's Small Business Natural Resources Roundtable tomorrow on November 16, 2021.

See more info on the roundtable and sign up here:

Office of AdvocacyNatural Resources RoundtableTuesday November 16, 2021 2-3 p.m. (ET)TO:                 Interested PersonsFROM:       

11/11/2021

Happy Veterans Day from the SBA Office of Advocacy! Thank you to all of the veterans!

The Office of Advocacy’s bi-annual Economic Bulletin examines new data on how small businesses have recovered since the ...
11/09/2021
Small Business Economic Bulletin: November 2021

The Office of Advocacy’s bi-annual Economic Bulletin examines new data on how small businesses have recovered since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both self-employment and proprietor income have recovered since crashing in 2020. These indicators suggest that COVID-19 sparked the shortest recession in U.S. history. Importantly, banking and finance indicators were muted compared to the Great Recession.

See the November Economic Bulletin here:

The Office of Advocacy’s bi-annual Economic Bulletin examines new data on how small businesses have recovered since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both self-employment and proprietor income have recovered since crash

Don't miss the CFPB small business roundtable later today at 2:00pm. See the details and sign up here:
11/09/2021
Small Business Roundtable on Financial Issues – November 9, 2021

Don't miss the CFPB small business roundtable later today at 2:00pm.

See the details and sign up here:

Roundtable on CFPB's Proposed Rulemaking on Small Business Data CollectionThe SBA Office of Advocacy will host a Small Business Roundtable on November 9, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m on the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s proposed rul

Advocacy’s handy infographic, What’s New With Small Business, is a great source for several of the most commonly answere...
11/04/2021
What’s New with Small Business 2021

Advocacy’s handy infographic, What’s New With Small Business, is a great source for several of the most commonly answered questions about small business.

Check it out here:

The Office of Advocacy’s handy infographic, What’s New With Small Business, is a great source for several of the most commonly answered questions about small business.  Infographic

Advocacy’s most requested publication, Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, gathers the most up-to-date stat...
11/03/2021
Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, 2021

Advocacy’s most requested publication, Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, gathers the most up-to-date statistics about American small businesses in one place. Updated annually, the FAQ is a convenient place to find facts about the total number of small businesses, their share of employment and net new jobs, and their overall contribution to the U.S. economy.

Check out the newest FAQ here:

Advocacy’s most popular publication, Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business, gathers the most up-to-date statistics about American small businesses in one place. Updated annually, the FAQ is a convenient place to find facts about the total n

Equally-owned businesses, which are businesses half owned by men and half owned by women, totaled 860,754 employers in 2...
09/07/2021
Small Business Facts: Equally Male/Female-Owned Employer Businesses

Equally-owned businesses, which are businesses half owned by men and half owned by women, totaled 860,754 employers in 2018. These businesses employed 7,970,121 workers, generated $1.3 trillion in annual sales receipt, and paid $280 billion in annual payroll. For more information on equally-owned businesses, read Advocacy’s latest fact sheet, “Small Business Facts: Equally Male/Female-Owned Employer Businesses.”

See it here: https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/09/07/small-business-facts-equally-male-female-owned-employer-businesses/

Equally-owned businesses, which are businesses half owned by men and half owned by women, totaled 860,754 employers in 2018. These businesses employed 7,970,121 workers, generated $1.3 trillion in annual sales receipt, and paid $280 billion in annual

Advocacy’s annual State Profiles provide a snapshot of each state’s small businesses. The profiles gather the latest fed...
08/31/2021
2021 Small Business Profiles For The States, The District of Columbia, and The U.S.

Advocacy’s annual State Profiles provide a snapshot of each state’s small businesses. The profiles gather the latest federal economic data into state-by-state snapshots of small business health and economic activity.

The state profile series focuses on state small business dynamics and employment, and answers questions ranging from how many small businesses are in a given state to how many people small businesses employ.

View the 2021 state profiles here: https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/08/30/2021-small-business-profiles-for-the-states-the-district-of-columbia-and-the-u-s/

Advocacy’s annual State Profiles provide a snapshot of each state’s small businesses. The profiles gather the latest federal economic data into state-by-state snapshots of small business health and economic activity.  This year’s profi

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, small businesses are struggling to obtain the goods they need to operate, impacting th...
08/05/2021
Small Business Facts – Supply Squeeze: Small Business Commodity Challenges

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, small businesses are struggling to obtain the goods they need to operate, impacting their recovery. 37.2% of small businesses reported having domestic supplier delays in the second week of June 2021 and increases in commodity costs are a growing concern. Going forward, small businesses and their advocates will need to carefully monitor changes in commodity prices. For more, read Advocacy’s latest fact sheet “Supply Squeeze: Small Business Commodity Challenges.”

https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/08/05/small-business-facts-supply-squeeze-small-business-commodity-challenges/

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, small businesses are struggling to obtain the goods they need to operate, impacting their recovery. 37.2% of small businesses reported having domestic supplier delays in the second week of June 2021 and increases in

There were roughly 12 million women-owned businesses in 2017, with $388.1 billion in payroll and 10.1 million employees....
08/03/2021
Facts About Small Businesses: Women-Owned Businesses

There were roughly 12 million women-owned businesses in 2017, with $388.1 billion in payroll and 10.1 million employees. However, women remain underrepresented in small business ownership. For more information on women small business owners, read the new Advocacy fact sheet, “Small Business Facts: Women-Owned Employer Businesses.”

https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/08/03/facts-about-small-businesses-women-owned-businesses/

There were roughly 12 million women-owned businesses in 2017, with $388.1 billion in payroll and 10.1 million employees. However, women remain underrepresented in small business ownership. For more information on women small business owners, read the

The Office of Advocacy is currently seeking research proposals on small business topics dealing with understanding impor...
07/30/2021
New Funding Opportunity Available for Economic Research on Small Businesses

The Office of Advocacy is currently seeking research proposals on small business topics dealing with understanding important economic impacts of the pandemic.

Check out the request for research proposals at https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/07/30/new-funding-opportunity-available-for-economic-research-on-small-businesses/ or https://sam.gov/opp/f531d5223efb49d598cf9897e997ce5d/view.

Proposal submissions are open until Thursday, August 19.

The Office of Advocacy periodically funds small business research from researchers through the federal contracting process to produce research reports on small business issues. For more information on Advocacy’s past research projects, visit https://advocacy.sba.gov/category/research/economic-reports/economic-studies/.

The Office of Advocacy is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for economic research related to the economic impacts of the pandemic. The solicitation is available on SAM.gov here. Proposal submissions are open until Thursday, August 19.As a

The Office of Advocacy’s efforts at monitoring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resul...
07/21/2021
Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2020: Annual Report of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy on Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 13272

The Office of Advocacy’s efforts at monitoring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) resulted in changes to eight specific rules and $2.259 billion in quantifiable small business regulatory compliance cost savings.

Read Advocacy’s “Report on the Regulatory Flexibility Act, FY 2020,” for more information.

https://advocacy.sba.gov/2021/07/21/report-on-the-regulatory-flexibility-act-fy-2020-annual-report-of-the-chief-counsel-for-advocacy-on-implementation-of-the-regulatory-flexibility-act-and-executive-order-13272/

As the voice of small business in government, the Office of Advocacy is working to bring small businesses’ priorities into the regulatory process. Advocacy’s efforts at  ensuring federal agency compliance with the Regulatory Flexi

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