Our Research: Technology
Small business owners nationwide are doing everything they can to fortify their businesses in our slowly recovering economy. In communities across the United States, it is the jobs small businesses provide and the consumers they serve that keep our recovery moving. However, this recovery is threatened when small businesses are faced with costly and frivolous lawsuits brought on by patent assertion entities—commonly referred to as patent trolls. Small businesses are looking for smart patent reform legislation that would help prevent patent trolls from targeting small businesses.
Digital transformation: Survey finds lack of digital fluency in key areas, need for additional support
The coronavirus pandemic has forever changed consumer behavior and how business is done. Tech giants and other large companies were able to capitalize on this seismic shift, leaving vulnerable small businesses behind, particularly those owned by women and entrepreneurs of color. To ensure an equitable recovery and to level the playing field for small businesses, we have launched an in-depth, multifaceted research project to better understand what these businesses need to compete in a radically changed environment.
This first survey specifically explores small business confidence in implementing digital tools and technologies, their digital literacy and their access to broadband. Additionally, the survey reveals the current state of small business growth and how this may impact their digital transformation.
Small businesses optimistic about the future, despite concerns about inflation and barriers to capital
Entrepreneurs continue to navigate a number of challenges operating their businesses, more than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Small Business Majority and Start Small Think Big surveyed small business owners and managers in their networks to understand their current business conditions, how they are faring amid rising inflation, and what they need to maintain and grow their businesses over the next six months to a year.
Small business owners are strongly opposed to the FCC’s recent move to repeal rules enforcing net neutrality, according to recent scientific opinion polling. Specifically, the poll found that 56% of small business owners oppose the repeal of the rules, with nearly 4 in 10 (39%) strongly opposed.
In communities across the United States, it is the jobs small businesses provide and the consumers they serve that keep our economic recovery moving. However, this recovery is threatened when small businesses are faced with costly and frivolous lawsuits brought on by patent assertion entities—commonly referred to as patent trolls.