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General Small-Business Statistics


Roughly 550,000 new businesses are started each month.
--Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, September 2005


Ten states represent 55% of all sole proprietorships, with Florida hosting the most of such businesses.
--SBA Office of Advocacy, September 2005


69% of teens say they would like to start their own business; 25% saying they would like to start a retail business.
--JA Worldwide Interprise Poll, September 2005


Small-business owners work an average of 52 hours per week.
--Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, August 2005


50% of African-American women want to start their own business.
--Essence Window on Our Women II, September 2005