This page brings together data, Atlanta Fed initiatives, and research related to small business issues. Our interest in small business focuses on three related issues:

  • The role of small business in job creation
  • The role of small business in local economic development
  • The role of the banking system in small business financing
Report Released on Financing Experiences of Nonemployer Businesses

Report Released on Financing Experiences of Nonemployer Businesses

The survey introduces research about the business conditions, credit needs, and borrowing experiences of businesses that have no employees other than the firms' owners.
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Incentive Compensation and Proposed Rules

Incentive Compensation and Proposed Rules

Striking the appropriate balance between risk taking and compensation is always among bank regulators' considerations. A new Spotlight article in Economy Matters' "ViewPoint" examines how any new rules would apply.
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Part Chart, Part Science: The Evolution of Economic Indicators

Part Chart, Part Science: The Evolution of Economic Indicators

Just as the economy has evolved over many decades, so too have the ways economic activity is measured. What was once perhaps a key metric might now be only a marginally useful vestige in an economist's toolbox. Economy Matters looks at some newer tools and how they help assess the economy.
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UPDATES & OTHER NEWS
Keeping Up with the Gazelles, Part 5: For Gazelle Founders, Hiring Goes beyond the Resume
June 16, 2016
Keeping Up with the Gazelles, Part 5: For Gazelle Founders, Hiring Goes beyond the Resume
All businesses seek the right hires, but for a small business, having the right employees is arguably even more crucial. The fifth and final installment of Economy Matters' Gazelle Project talked to some founders of gazelles—or fast-growing small businesses—about the role of hiring in establishing and building a business.
Keeping Up with the Gazelles, Part 4: Social Capital—The Battle Cry of the Gazelle
March 10, 2016
Keeping Up with the Gazelles, Part 4: Social Capital—The Battle Cry of the Gazelle
Founders of small businesses always have a vision for what they want to achieve, but they don't always have all the answers. Economy Matters talked to some founders of gazelles—or fast-growing small businesses—about the role of mentors in establishing and building a business.
Taking the Pulse of Small Business
March 4, 2016
Taking the Pulse of Small Business
Demand for credit from small business owners continues to improve slowly, according to Small Business Trends.