Why Small Business Matters in America

In honor of National Small Business Week, the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's largest small-business advocacy group, gives four reminders of how American small businesses contribute to the economy, their communities and the political process.

  1. Small Business is America's No. 1 Job Creator

    Small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms, employ half of all private sector employees and pay 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Small business has generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade.

    SOURCE: U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy

  2. Small Business is a loud voice in Public Affairs and Politics

    Disproportionately large percentages of small-business owners are registered to vote (95%), usually do vote (84%), and run for elective office (3%).

    SOURCE: NFIB National Small Business Poll: Political Participation

  3. Small Business is a Steady Part of the American Work Force…and will continue to be.

    Forty-six (46) percent of small employers intend to never fully retire. Another 23 percent will retire at 65 or older with half that number retiring at 70 or older. Sixty (60) percent of those intending full retirement at some point expect to phase-out, rather than to retire abruptly.

    SOURCE: NFIB National Small Business Poll: Retirement

  4. Small Business Contributes to Local Communities

    Ninety-one (91) percent of small employers (small-business owners) contributed to their community in the last year through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. About 41 percent contributed all three ways. The estimated average value of contributions is $6,600 per small employer, contributing and not, for a total of roughly $40 billion.

    SOURCE: NFIB National Small Business Poll: Contributions to Community

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is the nation's largest small-business advocacy group. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.