The Federal Reserve Banks partner with a network of local, regional, and national organizations that have strong relationships with small business owners to disseminate the survey. Become a partner to get access to data-driven reports about your small business network.
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Our partner organizations are the most important part of the Small Business Credit Survey, encouraging small businesses to respond to the survey. The large number of annual survey responses from small businesses in turn allows our partner organizations to understand and prioritize the key issues that small businesses are facing. This allows for partner organizations to be able to advocate for better policies, produce higher impact programming, and respond quickly to emerging issues. Partner organizations that reach a certain threshold of responses will receive benchmark reports that enable them to compare the experiences of their small business networks with other small business owners.
By working with a diverse network of more than 400 small business organizations, including local, regional, and national ones, the Federal Reserve Banks are able to collect national information on small business conditions. This survey model has enabled us to reach businesses that tend to be under-represented in other surveys, including startups, rural, women-owned, and minority-owned firms.