‘Real-Time’ Microdata on Small Businesses

We’re working on approaches to model economic impacts on small businesses — the business itself, their local market and their supply chains.

In the process, we’re exploring public data sources to help with our models and analytics. An interesting find is the Small Business Pulse Survey from the US Census Bureau. The survey will be released weekly and ,unlike some other sources, does provide details at an industry level (2 digit NAICSS).

The first survey reporting period is April 26 through May 2 with weekly updates planned through June.

Here’s a sample visual from the site looking at the question: “In your opinion, how much time do you think will pass before this business returns to its normal level of operations relative to one year ago?” for the construction industry.

Construction Industry Outlook

The data is also available as a CSV download and the visualizations support state by state drill downs.

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