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Small Business

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 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

Small Business Credit Survey 2020 Report on Employer Firms Report

Small Business Credit Survey 2020 Report on Employer Firms

The Federal Reserve Banks’ Small Business Credit Survey 2020 Report on Employer Firms examines findings of a national survey of small business owners fielded in late 2019. As policymakers implement programs to help small businesses weather the effects of the COVID19 outbreak, this report provides important baseline data on small firms’ performance, financing positions, and relationships with lending institutions prior to the onset of the crisis. Read more.