New data illustrate small firms’ impact on the Florida economy
It’s no secret that small businesses play a sizable role in the Florida economy. Recent numbers from the U.S. Small Business Administration illustrate that point.
According to the SBA’s annual “Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories” report, Florida is home to close to 2.2 million small businesses, defined as companies that employ fewer than 500 people.
Further, those small businesses employ a significant chunk of the state’s workforce. Nearly 405,000 of Florida’s 2.2 million small businesses employ workers, and they provide jobs for roughly 40 percent of the state’s approximately 3 million-strong labor force, according to the report.
SBA data also show how small businesses affect Florida’s standing in the world economy. According to the report, 95 percent of the 61,848 Florida companies that exported goods and/or services in 2012 were small businesses. Further, those small businesses accounted for 68.6 percent of export value that year.
There are other reasons to be optimistic about the state of small business in Florida and the country as a whole. For instance, entrepreneurship, which took a dive after the Great Recession of 2007-09, is on the rise, according to a report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor,
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