Our Research: Outdoor Economy

Many small business owners depend on their proximity to various lands and outdoor wonders as tourism lures to attract consumers. Some even utilize their environment to create a business that revolves around it. Small Business Majority commissioned scientific opinion polling to understand the importance of these lands to the overall health and vitality of small businesses. The preservation of these lands is vital to many small businesses - they bring in consumers, boost the bottom lines of many businesses and bolster local economies and communities.

Wed, 04/06/2016

The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes protection of public lands through national monument designation. At the time this report was written, President Obama had designated 17 new national monuments and two monument expansions. This preservation of public lands benefits local economies and small businesses as they attract visitors to these often-rural areas.

Thu, 04/16/2015

Small business owners agree protecting our natural assets is a good way to enhance the success of local businesses and economies, particularly in the West, where parks and monuments play a large role in attracting talent and creating and keeping jobs. 

Thu, 07/10/2014

Scientific opinion polling reveals small business owners in Louisiana believe protecting their state’s natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies. 

Wed, 07/11/2012

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s workforce. We depend on them to keep local communities and economies thriving, which in turn boosts our national economy. But in the current fiscal climate, many of them are having a hard time turning a profit.

Wed, 07/11/2012

Scientific opinion polling reveals small business owners in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico believe protecting their region’s natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and loc

Tue, 07/03/2012

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s workforce. We depend on them to keep local communities and economies thriving, which in turn boosts our national economy. But in the current fiscal climate, many of them are having a hard time turning a profit.

Thu, 06/21/2012

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s workforce. We depend on them to keep local communities and economies thriving, which in turn boosts our national economy. But in the current fiscal climate, many of them are having a hard time turning a profit.

Tue, 05/15/2012

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s workforce. We depend on them to keep local communities and economies thriving, which in turn boosts our national economy. But in the current fiscal climate, many of them are having a hard time turning a profit.