Bentz Whaley Flessner

Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the wake of the Great Recession, although the rate of new business creation dipped during 2011 and startup founders remained more likely to fly solo than employ others. That’s the big take away from the “Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity,” a leading indicator of new business creation in the United States published annually and released last week by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The Index shows that 0.32 percent of American adults created a business per month in 2011 – a 5.9 percent drop from 2010, but still among the highest levels of entrepreneurship over the past 16 years. The quarterly employer firm rate also remained essentially flat from 2010 to 2011 at 0.11 percent.

Full article text is available via Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 3/19/2012.

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