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Small businesses (per 1,000 residents)

Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
Small businesses (per 1,000 residents) 35 33 35 33

About this measure

This measure measures the rates of small businesses per 1,000 residents. Small businesses here are defined as establishments with fewer than 100 employees. Small business data for Battle Creek includes the following zip codes: 49014, 49015, 49016, 49017, and 49037. Zip code 49037 includes the city of Springfield. Because of changing legal structures that may result in double-counting of businesses, the possibility of closures or mergers during the data collection process, and potential errors resulting from self-report data, we apply a 20 percent deduction to the InfoUSA numbers.

Small businesses employ about 51% of the US Workforce. Increasing the number of small businesses in the community will lead to more opportunities for people to find work.

Resources for this measure

Here are a variety of resources to help community members learn more about our small businesses:

About the data

Definition: Number of small businesses per 1,000 residents.
Numerator: Number of establishments with fewer than 100 employees.
Denominator: Total population.
Source: InfoUSA.
Frequency: Annual.
Baseline: 35 (2015)
Target: 35
Rationale: The total population and the number of small businesses have both declined over the last five years; achieving this target would return Battle Creek to the baseline number of small businesses per 1,000 residents and place the city higher than the state average.