Source: U.S. Census Bureau, SUSB, CPS; International Trade Administration; Bureau of Labor Statistics, BED; Advocacy-funded research, Small Business GDP: Update 2002- 2010, www.sba.gov/advocacy/7540/42371. In 2010 there were 27.9 million small businesses, and 18,500 firms with 500 employees or more.

The Small Business Profiles are produced by the US Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. Each report incorporates the most up- to-date government data to present a unique snapshot of small businesses. Small businesses are defined as firms employing fewer than 500 employees. Hyperlinks to data …

May 14, 2017 – To put this in perspective, there are 18,500 large companies in the US. That's 28,000,000 versus 18,500. Small businesses look great from this angle! Of those 28 million, more than 22 million small businesses in the United States are individually operated, without any employees.

Sep 9, 2013 – 1) The SBA defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees. 2) There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 22 million are self employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called nonemployers)

Add in the number of nonemployer businesses – there were 24.3 million in 2015 – then the share of U.S. businesses with less than 20 workers increases to 97.9 … of Small Business Patents by Industry and Firm Size”) found that “small firms are much more likely to develop emerging technologies than are large firms. This is …