The Office of Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration released their quarterly indicators
late last week. Entitled "The Economy and Small Business
," these two page overviews are a helpful reference sheet although because of lack of data they usually have more on "the economy" than on "small business" or "entrepreneurship." The general picture which emerges from the statistics is not positive. Over the next couple of days, I am going to delve into a couple of these indicators in more depth to understand what components they have and what each might be telling us about the current state of the economy.