Heading into 2018, small businesses with employees reported stronger revenue growth and profitability, but some segments of firms continued to face financial challenges.
Forty percent of firms in FEMA-designated disaster areas reported losses from recent storms. We examine which firms were hit hardest and how heavily they depend on aid and credit to get back in business.
Two-thirds of small businesses report hiring challenges. We look at the different difficulties they face and how they solve for them.
How do rural small businesses compare with their urban counterparts?
Is there a gender gap between small businesses owned by women and those owned by men?
Minority-owned small businesses face more financial challenges and funding gaps than nonminority firms.