ARIZONA – Small businesses in Arizona, those with 500 or fewer employees, are not so small when it comes to economic output, according to a new report commissioned by the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA).
In fact, before the pandemic, they employed more than half the state’s workforce and produced US$191.4 billion in annual economic activity, almost half the annual state GDP, the report shows.
“I’ve been studying the economy in Arizona for two, two-and-a-half decades at this point, and I didn’t really appreciate the extent of small businesses’ impact on the economy until we got into these numbers. It was very impressive,” said economist Jim Rounds, president of Rounds Consulting Group, Inc., which conducted the analysis for ASBA.
ASBA commissioned the report to illustrate how important small companies and sole-proprietor businesses are to Arizona and how important it is to help them survive the final throes of the pandemic.
Source: Chamber Business News