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Opinion Poll: The Role of Micro Businesses in Our Economy

Publisher: Association for Enterprise Opportunity, National Association for the Self-Employed, and Small Business Majority
Published: October 9, 2012


Small businesses are one of the most respected constituencies in the country, and certainly one of the most courted by policymakers in Washington. However, small businesses are also a group that legislators and the general public understand little about—the very smallest ones, especially. Those businesses are known as “micro businesses.”

A new opinion poll sheds light on the true nature of our nation’s micro businesses, revealing their important role in our economy and its recovery. Commissioned by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, the National Association for the Self-Employed and Small Business Majority, the poll leaves no doubt that these businesses are a major driver of our economic recovery. The poll refutes the perception that micro businesses are merely hobbyists selling tchotchkes on the Internet. In reality, nearly three-quarters of those surveyed report their micro business as their sole source of income. Nearly six in 10 have been in business for 10 years or longer. These are clearly real businesses providing a real living for these small business owners and their families.

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Downloads: The Role of Micro Businesses in Our Economy
The Role of Micro Businesses in Our Economy
Press release: The Role of Micro Businesses in Our Economy


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