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The 2002 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) was conducted by mail. One of two census forms was mailed to a random sample of businesses selected from a list of all firms operating during 2002 with receipts of $1,000 or more.
The Census Bureau sent the SBO-1 questionnaire to partnerships and corporations. The businesses were asked to report the percentage of ownership, gender, Hispanic or Latino origin, race, and several characteristic questions (e.g., age, education level) for each of the three largest percentage owners. The SBO-2 questionnaire was used for sole proprietors and self-employed individuals. The businesses were asked essentially the same information as asked on the SBO-1, but limited to two owners.