Small Businesses and the Federal Reserve
Issues affecting small firms are a priority for the Federal Reserve System. Not only are small businesses critical to the strength of local economies, but collectively they also make important contributions to national economic growth and employment. The Federal Reserve works with intermediaries to support small businesses and microenterprises, especially those in low- and moderate-income communities. Our efforts aim to strengthen collaboration across entities that provide assistance and funding to small businesses as well as support improved access to credit. In addition, we strive to foster a deeper understanding of trends and challenges facing small business owners.
Here at the Cleveland Fed, our work on these issues includes research on small business credit and capital, a regional survey of small business owners, and ongoing outreach with small business owners, bankers, and community leaders.
Learn more by browsing the resources here. You can find additional Federal Reserve System resources on small businesses at www.fedcommunities.org.
Credit and Capital
- Click, Submit: New Insights on Online Lender Applicants from the Small Business Credit Survey
- Protecting Small-Business Borrowers
- Alternative Lending through the Eyes of "Mom-and-Pop" Small-Business Owners
Small Business Surveys
- About the Small Business Credit Survey
- 2016 Small Business Credit Survey
- 2015 Small Business Credit Survey
Business Formation and Growth
- The Shifting Source of New Business Establishments and New Jobs
- The Great Recession's Effect on Entrepreneurship
- Economic Policy Uncertainty and Small Business Expansion