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Special Tabulation Information

In addition to standard tabulations produced from Survey of Business Owners data, Census Bureau staff have occasionally prepared special tabulations. Due to the preparation of 2012 final data, at this time requests for new tabulations for 2007 are no longer being accepted. There are no plans at this point to accept requests for special tabulations for 2012 Survey of Business Owners data. The release dates for the 2012 data products can be found here.

If you have any questions, contact the Census Bureau staff by e-mail at or by phone at 800.242.2184.

Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS): 2007

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The 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 | 1-800-242-2184 | | Last Revised: August 18, 2015