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The experiences of a bar or restaurant owner can be quite different from the experiences of an owner of an IT consulting firm; as a result, segmenting out businesses by industry when analyzing their well-being provides valuable insights. The SBCS asks businesses about the industry in which they operate and categorizes firms into eight broader industry categories.

  NAICS codes Examples of businesses
Business support and consumer services 56, 81 Barbers, business event planning, cleaning services, repair services, salons, spas, travel agencies
Finance and insurance 52 Loan brokers, portfolio management firms
Healthcare and education 61, 62 Counseling, day cares, dentists, professional training, sports instruction, tutoring
Leisure and hospitality 71, 72 Bars, caterers, fitness centers, gyms, hotels, performing arts venues
Manufacturing 31, 32, 33 Electronics manufacturers, engraving, packaging, print shops, textile manufacturers
Nonmanufacturing goods production and associated services 11, 21, 22, 23, 42, 48, 49 Construction, farming, logistics, mining, taxis, wholesale suppliers and distributors, warehousing
Professional services and real estate 51, 53, 54, 55 Book publishers, consulting, notaries, real estate agents, vehicle rentals
Retail 44, 45 Boutiques, craft stores, ecommerce, grocers, hardware stores

Small Business Credit Survey data show that firms within each industry category face different challenges. For example, compared to businesses in other industries, manufacturing businesses most frequently experience supply chain issues, leisure and hospitality businesses most frequently experience hiring issues, and healthcare and education businesses most frequently experience challenges ensuring the health and safety of employees.