Small Business Exports Edge Up

Article Originally Posted on BusinessWeek.com by: John Tozzi on February 2, 2012
Small businesses have increased their share of exports in the two years since President Obama set a goal to double U.S. sales abroad by 2015, according to new federal data.

Companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 35 percent of exports in the third quarter of 2011, according to preliminary figures from the Census Bureau, up from about 32.8 percent in 2009. The figure, from a report set to be released in April, refers only to sales of goods, not services.

“Ninety-eight percent of U.S. exporters are small and medium-sized enterprises but these exporters have historically represented only 30 percent of U.S. export value,” Tim Truman, a spokesman for the Commerce Department’s International Trade Association, said in an email.

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