Small Business Survey

Final Report Available

small businees survey 2013 final report

While many large businesses have reported record earnings and strong fundamentals, data show that small businesses have not fared nearly as well since the recession.

To gather information on the experiences of small businesses, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland conducted a survey in July and August 2013. The survey included questions about business conditions, financing, and workforce needs. The results are presented in the final report.


Businesses with fewer than 500 employees were invited to complete the survey. A total of 143 businesses responded. All were located within the Federal Reserve's Fourth District, which includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.