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OSS-3: Survey of Small Business Finances

Survey of Small Business Finances

The Survey of Small Business Finances (SSBF) collects information on small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in the United States. Owner characteristics, firm size, use of financial services, and the income and balance sheets of the firm are just some examples of the types of information collected. Working papers and methodology reports, codebooks and other related documentation, and the full public data sets are available here for the 2003, 1998, 1993, and 1987 SSBFs. Lists of recent changes, bibliography and selected abstracts of research using the SSBF, and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is also available.

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2003 survey

1998 survey 1993 survey 1987 survey Recent changes to data and documentation

Abstracts and bibliography of research using the 2003, 1998, 1993 and 1987 SSBF


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Last update: October 15, 2008