8 Feel-Good Facts About U.S. Small Businesses (with Photos)

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence about why small businesses are awesome, but did you know that they also have a major positive impact on the nation’s economy and progress? It’s true! From job creation to technological innovation, small businesses truly are the backbone of America. Here are some reasons why.

Small businesses are adding new jobs.

They’re hiring.

In 2016, 50 percent of small businesses plan to hire new employees, a 12 percent increase from 2015.

Small businesses are promising massive economic opportunities.

New businesses are opening literally every day.

About 543,000 new businesses are started each month, which comes to more than 6.5 million per year. Even if just a small fraction of those businesses continue over the long term, they still promise massive opportunities.

Small businesses are a major driver of innovation in the U.S.

They’re innovating.

It might seem like big corporations with huge R&D budgets are churning out new technological advancements, but it’s actually small businesses that are getting it done. Small businesses produce 16 times more patents per employee than large companies.

Small business owners haven't been more confident about their future in four years.

They’re confident in their future.

According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) 2015 economic report, nearly half of small business owners anticipate growth in their business throughout the next six months. What’s more, nearly 75 percent of those surveyed said they were confident in the future of their business — the highest recorded percentage in the last four years.

More than have of workers work for small businesses.

They employ most Americans.

The majority of U.S. workers aren’t employed by huge corporations. Instead, 52 percent work for small businesses, and 39 percent of workers in the tech industry are employed by small businesses.

Small businesses account for a huge percentage of the export market.

Exports are big business for small businesses.

It might seem like large corporations would dominate the export business, but it turns out that small businesses actually make up 97 percent of exporters, and they produce 29 percent of all export value.

Small businesses made up 39 percent of net new jobs in the first three quarters of 2014

They’re adding jobs.

Not only are small businesses adding net new jobs, but they’re adding more than large businesses.

Small businesses hiring continued during the recession.

They aid economic recovery.

Although small businesses took a major hit during the recession, young and small firms continued to add jobs, while older and larger firms eliminated more jobs than they created.

They’re growing.

Over the past twelve months, the average business selling with Square has experienced revenue growth.

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