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Statistics on the Small Business Administration’s Scale-Up America Program

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This paper attempts to quantify the difference in performance, of “treated” (program participant) and “non-treated” (non-participant) firms in SBA’s Scale-Up initiative. I combine data from the SBA with administrative data housed at Census using a combination of numeric and name and address matching techniques. My results show that after controlling for available observable characteristics, a positive correlation exists between participation in the Scale-Up initiative and firm growth. However, publicly available survey results have shown that entrepreneurs have a variety of goals in-mind when they start their businesses. Two prominent, and potentially contradictory ones are work-life balance and greater income. That means that not all firms may want to grow and I am unable to completely control for owner motivations. Finally, I do not find a statistically significant relationship between participation in Scale-Up and firm survival once other business characteristics are accounted for.

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  • C.J. Krizan, 2019. "Statistics on the Small Business Administration’s Scale-Up America Program," Working Papers 19-11, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
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