Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014

An OECD Scoreboard

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Start-ups and small firms continue to face significant obstacles to fulfilling their potential to innovate, grow and create jobs, particularly when it comes to obtaining access to finance. With its 13 core indicators of debt, equity and general market conditions, complemented by a review of government policy measures, Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2014: An OECD Scoreboard documents these financing difficulties and monitors trends in 31 countries, along with government policy responses to deal with these challenges.




United States

The SBA broadly classifies small businesses as any firm with 500 or fewer employees (see ). These firms account for 99.7% of all firms. They employ slightly over half of the private sectors’ employees, pay about 43% of the total private sector payroll, generate about 64% of net new private sector jobs, and create about 46% of the private-sector output.




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