demographics
Portion of new entrepreneurs in the U.S. who are immigrants

Kauffman Foundation


the economy

Change in the number of small-business bankruptcy filings from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2010: -18%

Change from fourth-quarter 2008 to fourth-quarter 2009: 20%

Equifax


marketing
Segment of small and medium-size businesses that intend to increase their online advertising budgets in 2011: 29%

Borrell Associates


real estate
Change in the total dollar amount of commercialreal estate loans of $100,000 or less:

2008: $28.5 billion

2009: $26.4 billion (-7%)

2010: $22.1 billion (-16%)

Small Business Administration


innovation

Annual change in number of patent applications

In 2009: -.5%

In 2010: 7.8% (the largest increase since 2006)

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


social media
Portion of small businesses (50 employees or fewer) with company Facebook pages

In 2009: 27% | In 2010: 41%

AT&T Small Business Technology Poll


business confidence
Share of small-business owners who say they will probably need to use personal assets in the next 12 months to stay in business (up from 61% in 2009)

Discover Small Business Watch


The Global workplace
Segment of employees who say they are dissatisfied with their job: 58%

Segment of employees who plan to stay at their job: 70%

Accenture (based on a survey of more than 3,400 employees from 29 countries, including the U.S.)


going green
Businesses with aggressive sustainable business practices:
Small Businesses: 9% | Big Businesses 34%

Share of businesses that increased investment in basic sustainable business practices, such as reducing water and energy usage, in 2010: 59%

MIT Sloan Management Review