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Economic Census

Small Businesses

The Economic Census is the official 5-year measure of American business.

You could be one of the 4 million business owners who will receive Economic Census forms in December. Read more ›

"The Census Bureau is the most important agency when it comes to counting, differentiating, and understanding the relative importance of small businesses in the U.S. economy."

- Giuseppe Gramigna, Chief Economist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Information for Small Business Owners

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  • View the 2012 Economic Census forms
  • View a video of how response to the Economic Census makes a difference for small businesses

Help Us Get the Word Out

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Small Business Data Highlights

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Key Dates
Any time Economic Census collects data that benefits your business
Nov 2012 Economic Census forms coming to some businesses in November, most in mid December
Dec 2012 Watch for your form
Jan 2013 Complete your form. Your industry / community is counting on you
Feb 12, 2013 Forms due. In a pinch? 30-day extensions are available

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Planning and Coordination Division | 1-877-790-1876 | Last Revised: November 14, 2012