Census Bureau survey of American businesses

This graphic gives a snapshot of the number of years firms have been in business by gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status.

Among the 5.4 million U.S. firms with paid employees, 481,981, or 8.9 percent, had been in business for less than two years in 2014, according to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s inaugural Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs.

In contrast to the employer firms that had been in business for less than two years, there were 167,917, or 3.1 percent, that had been in business for 16 years or more. More than 4 in 10 employer firms (2.4 million, or 44.1 percent) have been in business between 11 and 15 years.

Beginning with today’s release of 2014 statistics and continuing through the release of 2016 data, the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs will supplement the Survey of Business Owners, conducted every five years. The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs provides a timely, more frequent socio-economic portrait of the nation’s employer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. It includes a relevant topic not found in the Survey of Business Owners: the number of years a firm has been in business.

The survey is a public-private partnership among the U.S. Census Bureau, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Minority Business Development Agency.

“As ‘America’s Data Agency,’ the Department of Commerce puts open data resources and digital tools in the hands of families, communities, and federal and local leaders to help them make data-driven decisions,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said. “The Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs is a new and exciting resource that responds to data users’ request for more timely statistics on the demographics of America’s businesses owners.”

The tables released today provide estimates of receipts, payroll and employment for the nation, states and the District of Columbia, and the 50 most populous metropolitan statistical areas. Firm size data are available by sales size (the number of firms with sales/receipts of $1.0 million or more) and employment size (the number of firms with 500 employees or more).


SCANDAL - "Where's the Black Lady?" - With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely, on "Scandal," THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) BELLAMY YOUNG

You may know actress Bellamy Young for her role as former first lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s hit show “Scandal.” This weekend, she’s in Virginia on the campaign trail herself to help elect former first lady Hillary Clinton. Young is stomping for Hillary Clinton throughout Virginia today and tomorrow, and the actress will be getting a tour of the Del Ray neighborhood along Mount Vernon Avenue.

This Saturday, from 10:45-11:45, the actress will be getting a tour of small businesses along Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia with Gayle Reuter from the Del Ray Business Association. The Hillary Clinton Campaign is wanting to focus on the importance of America’s small businesses and have asked her to visit Del Ray which obviously has the best small businesses in the entire country.

Taste of Del Ray 2015
There’s a new start up in Del Ray aimed at helping your dog

Via Del Ray Vibe, John Gagain speaks with Chris Gonzalez and Dave Comiskey, young tech entrepreneurs (Barkly.us) bringing the collaborative economy to Del Ray. Learn about the opportunities and challenges of managing a high-tech start-up, the next generation of pet care, pet health, fat dogs, skinny dogs, (dog fitbits?); and the digital marketing of small business services in Del Ray.

John runs a fantastic podcast. Do you subscribe? I do! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes to the podcast at this link.

Find out more about Del Ray Vibe at this link.


Have your say on the Wednesday Open Thread

Welcome to Wednesday Open Threads, where we pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest in Alexandria, Virginia.

Have something you want discussed? Hit me up at this link.

On Monday, there was an excellent discussion on what do you think is the reason behind so many business closings in Alexandria, Virginia recently, especially the Old Town neighborhood?

Last night, at the first City Council meeting of 2016, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg said that she will be meeting with City staff, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership to come up with ways that the City can help struggling small businesses in Alexandria.

So, building on Monday’s excellent discussion, how would you help small business in Alexandria? What are your ideas? On Monday’s open thread, a lot of the discussion was on parking. What do you think will help?

Sound off on this or any other topic you choose below. Got something you want discussed? Hit me up at the link above.

Old Town, Alexandria, Va
We scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a morning roundup of news, opinion, and links Alexandria, Virginia and around the area.

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The Alexandria Marketing Fund is a grant program that provides seed money in the form of matching funds for new and innovative marketing programs. The program also provides grants for the expansion of ongoing or pre-existing programs. The Fund is designed to increase revenues within the city by fostering public/private partnerships that promote Alexandria as a destination for visiting, shopping and dining, and doing business. The Marketing Fund seeks to support marketing programs that demonstrate how they will become financially self-sustaining over time.

Applications are now being accepted; applicants must review the Marketing Fund website and online application form before applying for funding. The deadline for the second round of Fiscal Year 2016 grants is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

The Fund is administered by the Marketing Fund Committee. City Council appropriates monies for the Fund on an annual basis. The Marketing Committee reviews and approves applications for grants; the Marketing Coordinating Council provides advisory support to the Marketing Fund Committee, providing preliminary application review and feedback to applicants and to the Committee.

To view the Marketing Fund guidelines and online application form, visit this link. For more information, contact Andrea Blackford at 703.746.3959.

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