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Special Tabulation Information

In addition to standard tabulations produced from Survey of Business Owners data, Census Bureau staff also prepare special tabulations. Such tabulations are prepared on a cost basis, and their preparation depends on the availability of staff resources and time. Cost will vary depending on the complexity of the request as well as by the quality assurance and level of expertise needed to prepare the tabulation. Data in these tabulations are summaries subject to the same rules prohibiting disclosure of confidential company-specific information that govern regular Census Bureau publications.

Requests for special tabulation cost estimates, as well as exact specifications for the type and format of the data requested, should be directed to the SBO staff by e-mail at csd.sbo@census.gov or by phone at 888.225.4022 or 301.763.3316.


Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS): 2007

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The first-ever Survey of Business Owners (SBO) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) is now available. The SBO PUMS was created using responses from the 2007 SBO and provides access to survey data at a level of detail below that of the currently published SBO results. The SBO PUMS will allow researchers to create customized tables and models and to study entrepreneurial activity and the relationships between business characteristics such as access to capital, firm size, employer-paid benefits, minority- and women-ownership, and firm age. The SBO PUMS file includes national- and state-level data and detailed characteristics of businesses and their owners while protecting the confidentiality of survey respondents. The SBO is part of the Economic Census conducted every five years in years ending in "2" and "7."

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2002 SBO/BITS Special Tabulation: Establishment Expansions, Contractions, and Deaths

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Under a multi-year agreement with the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy and the National Women's Business Council, the U.S. Census Bureau created longitudinal estimates of establishment expansions, contractions, and deaths (closed establishments) using 2002 Survey of Business Owners data and the Business Information Tracking Series (BITS), a database that tracks establishments over time. Estimates were created for the periods 2002-2003, 2002-2004, 2002-2005, and 2002-2006. Note that only those firms in the SBO sample and matching to the BITS were used to create the estimates; the estimates presented here may not match other estimates produced from SBO data.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Survey of Business Owners | (301) 763-3316 | csd.sbo@census.gov Last Revised: November 16, 2012