Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship Series

The Latest: Kauffman Index | Main Street Entrepreneurship

The Main Street Entrepreneurship report shows that small businesses activity in the United States was on the rise in 2015, reversing a six-year downward trend. Though small businesses activity is increasing, activity has just surpassed pre-recession levels on some measures and collectively remains just above the historical norm.

Small business activity is on the rise in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 38 of the top 40 largest metropolitan areas this year, according to two new reports from the Kauffman Foundation.

The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship is a new series from the Kauffman Foundation bringing together the latest data available on entrepreneurial trends nationally, at the state level, and for the forty largest metropolitan areas of the United States.

The latest report in the series, the Kauffman Index: Main Street Entrepreneurship, focuses on established small businesses and has two components:

Rate of Business Owners: a measure of business ownership in the population
Established Small Business Density: the number of established small businesses divided by the total population of a place


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