Data and Trends

A quick look at recent research and the latest small business news.

Research Roundup March 16, 2016

The Best Time to Own a Small Business is Now, Retail Sales Surprisingly Weak As Fed Ponders Next Move, Coming up Trumps For SME Voters

Research Roundup February 17, 2015

Fortune 500 Firms Expropriating Billions in Federal Small Business Contracts, Six Key Benchmarks High-Performing Small Businesses Share, Small-Business Employees Likelier to Face Abuse

Research Roundup February 17, 2015

Small Businesses Relatively Optimistic on Presidential Election, Five Small Business Growth Trends, Small Businesses Maintain Strong Balance Sheets,

Research Roundup December 14, 2015

Five Common Traits Separate Successful Entrepreneurs From Those That Fail, Small Businesses Shortchanged in State Economic Incentive Programs, What Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Marketing,

Research Roundup November 29, 2015

Five Common Traits Separate Successful Entrepreneurs From Those That Fail, Small Businesses Shortchanged in State Economic Incentive Programs, What Trends Are Impacting the Future of Business Marketing

Survey Which Version of Windows Are You Running, & Are You Planning to Upgrade?

Windows 10 has been garnering mostly positive reviews after a couple of notable misses.

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Survey What's Your Favorite Use For a Tablet?

Whether it's a POS service, a virtual receptionist, or a virtual waiter, tablets are coming into their own for business (not to mention leisure). Select all that apply:

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Research Roundup September 28, 2015

The Financial Cost of a Security Breach, Small Business Optimism Struggling to Recover, Growth is Top Priority For Small & Medium Business Owners

Survey What Is Your Favorite Cloud Service

Cloud technology is making so much of business, cheaper, easier, and faster.

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Survey What Data Do You Gather For Your Business?

The better you know your customer, the better you can sell to them.

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Research Roundup August 15, 2015

What Are the Costs and Benefits of Being a Small Business Owner, By 2019, Businesses to Lose $2 Trillion a Year to Hackers, Small Businesses Should Increase Social Media Usage: Report, Three Top Reasons Business Owners Turn to Alternative Financing, Not qualifying for bank financing, Needing a short term loan, Convenience and fast access

Survey What are the biggest technology challenges for your business?

Technology is crucial for every business in today’s internet-connected world.

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Survey How do you recruit new employees?

One of the hardest parts of any business is finding good staff.

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Research Roundup July 15, 2015

Small & Medium Business Cloud Computing Projections, Small Firms Lagging Big Business in “Two-Speed Recovery”, More Women Owning Small Businesses, Customer focus powers small business growth

Survey Tell us about yourself

The better we know our audience, the more relevant, interesting content we can provide for you.

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Survey Are you interested in the new Tesla battery packs for your business?

Are you interested in the new Tesla battery packs for your business?

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Research Roundup June 29, 2015

Despite Stronger Dollar, America’s Economic Outlook Looks Positive, San Francisco Fed Argues Great Recession Not Primarily Responsible For Productivity Slowdown, Small Business Owners Feeling Optimistic, Local Business is Good For Your Health

Survey What are the pros and cons of being a business owner for you?

What are the pros and cons of being a business owner for you?

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Research Roundup April 04, 2015

47% of small business owners feel more optimistic about the state of the economy than they did 12 months ago, but there are four major concerns keeping them up at night.

Research Roundup January 28, 2015

Scent a Key Factor in Retail Customer Experience, Survey Finds Small Business Owners Increasingly Concerned About Cybersecurity

Research Roundup January 13, 2015

SMBs Feel Positive About Business in 2014 but Remain Risk Averse, believe SMBs Spur Economic Growth and are not Ready for Digital Payments and Currencies

Research Roundup January 05, 2015

Weekly research summary from the world of small business

Research Roundup January 05, 2015

Small businesses enjoy the most employee loyalty, while job gains moderate and applications for credit rebound.

Survey Which industry are you in, and how many employees do you have?

Which industry are you in, and how many employees do you have?

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Survey How established is your online presence?

How established is your online presence

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Research Roundup December 03, 2014

Here’s the weekly roundup from the world of small business

Small Business owners prepare for higher healthcare cost

Research Roundup November 20, 2014

This week’s weekly roundup from the world of small business.

Research Roundup November 3, 2014

Small businesses are going where their customers are: mobile; they’re also creating fewer jobs relative to big business, and serial entrepreneurs are found to be more likely to succeed.

Research Roundup October 20, 2014

Small businesses use mobile banking, are not fully capitalizing on their digital presence, and are optmistic about the Internet of Things.

Research Roundup October 3, 2014

Business condition improvements, women starting businesses, southern counties best weathered recession

Research Roundup September 20, 2014

SMB owners’ have positive outlook, health insurance offerings, climate change

Research Roundup August 25, 2014

SMB owners political opinions, server virtualization trends, and social media practices.

Research Roundup August 18, 2014

Women-owned small businesses getting greater slice of government pie, why ads that tell a story work better, and government money up for grabs for small agribusinesses.

Research Roundup August 11, 2014

SMB technology investment, big data challenges, and healthcare electronic data exchange.

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Research Roundup July 28, 2014

Here’s the weekly roundup from the world of small business.

Research Roundup July 11, 2014

A look at job creation, economic outlook and what states are small business-friendly.

Research Roundup July 14, 2014

Small business owners favor patent system reform, raising the minimum wage and fighting climate change.