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Historic Survey Information

Survey of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises was first conducted as a special project in 1969 and was incorporated into the economic census in 1972. A parallel program began for Women-Owned businesses for 1972.

Now titled the Survey of Business Owners, this program presents statistics according to the new federal standard that allows respondents to report more than one race. The survey also gathers expanded characteristics of businesses and their owners. Some of the owner characteristics include the age, education level, and veteran status of the owners of the business. Some of the business characteristics include the identification of home-based business and participation in franchising.

To the left are links to the survey results by year. The data are not necessarily comparable between survey periods. Please refer to the methodology section of each survey year for more information.



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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Survey of Business Owners | 1-800-242-2184 | ewd.outreach@census.gov | Last Revised: August 18, 2015