Definitions for the Enterprise Statistics Program
- An enterprise is a business organization consisting of one or more
domestic establishments that were specified under common ownership or control. The
enterprise and the establishment are the same for single-establishment firms. Each
multi-establishment company forms one enterprise - the enterprise employment and annual
payroll are summed from the associated establishments.
- A single physical location where business is conducted or where
services or industrial operations are performed.
- Total annual payroll includes all forms of compensation, such
as salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, vacation allowances, sick-leave pay, and the
value of payments inkind (e.g.
, free meals and lodgings) paid during the year to all
- Paid employment consists of full and part-time employees, including
salaried officers and executives of corporations, who were on the payroll in the pay
period including March 12. Included are employees on sick leave, holidays, and vacations;
not included are proprietors and partners of unincorporated businesses.
- Receipts (net of taxes) are defined as
the revenue for goods produced, distributed, or services provided,
including revenue earned from premiums, commissions and fees, rents,
interest, dividends, and royalties. Receipts excludes all revenue
collected for local, state, and federal taxes. Receipts are acquired
from the Economic Census data for establishments in industries that
are in-scope to the Economic Census; receipts are acquired from IRS
tax data for single-establishment businesses in industries that are
out-of-scope to the Economic Census; payroll-to-receipts ratios are
used to estimate receipts for multi-establishment businesses in industries
that are out-of-scope to the Economic Census. Statistics of U.S. Businesses
tabulations provide summed establishment receipts which creates some duplication of receipts for large
multi-establishment enterprises. Receipts data are available for years ending in 2 and 7 only.
- Enterprise size designations are determined by the summed
employment of all associated establishments. The enterprise size group `0` includes
enterprises for which no associated establishments reported paid employees
in the mid-March pay period but paid employees at some time during the