March 28, 2015

The Dire State of Israeli Small Business


If you think your business is challenging, imagine what it must be like to be a small business in Israel.

Small businesses represent over 97% of all firms in Israel. They constitute the only sector to have created new jobs in the last decade.

Yet, look at the economic challenges that Israel faces: growing poverty, ongoing credit crunch, technology market crash, recession, high unemployment, the Intifada….

The impact of the Intifada has been particularly devastating on small businesses, especially tourism-related businesses. This chart outlining the drop in small business revenues in Jerusalem illustrates how hard they’ve been hit economically:

From the January 2005 report by the Milken Institute: “Building Israel’s Small Business and Microenterprise Sector” (requires free registration).


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Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses, and also serves as CEO of

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