Small Businesses Are Essential to the Economy But How Do They Stack Up As Investments

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

Performance of the S&P 500, 1929-2010, With and Without Dividends Reinvested

Congress and the President should rightfully be concerned about the dramatic decline in young, small businesses coming to market as initial public offerings. These are, hopefully, the innovative small businesses that will fuel the jobs of tomorrow.  But as investments to stockholders, they lack a key element. 

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses: 

• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

• Employ about half of all private sector employees.

• Pay 43 percent of total U.S. private payroll.

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