Nearly All U.S. Exporters are Small Businesses (INFOGRAPHIC)



97 percent of all US exporters are actually small businesses

An astonishing 97 percent of all U.S. companies that export products are actually small businesses.

That’s according to new research by SCORE, a nonprofit association for small businesses.



International Export Has Clear Benefits for Small Businesses

Data gathered by SCORE reveals U.S. companies that export grow faster and are nearly 8.5 percent less likely to go out of business than non-exporting ones.

And that’s not the only reason to consider international trade. About 26 percent of companies that trade internationally significantly outperform their market.

Small Business Concerns Regarding International Trade

Despite the obvious benefits of trading internationally, less than one percent of America’s 30 million companies export. That’s probably because they have a few concerns. Data reveals thirty-nine percent say their goods are not exportable and 37 percent don’t know how to start.

A large number of small businesses (63 percent), however, would like to export their goods and services.

Exporting is Easier Than Most Businesses Think

According to SCORE data, becoming an exporter is easier than most businesses might think.





Forty-eight percent of businesses say it took them just a few months before they started exporting. In other words, there’s no reason for small businesses to not consider exporting, especially when the benefits are there for the taking.

For more insights, check out the infographic below.

97 percent of all US exporters are actually small businesses

Infographic: SCORE



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Shubhomita Bose


Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

3 Reactions

  1. Aira Bongco

    The small business industry is truly expanding. This shows that it is expanding in an International scale as well.

  2. This article is on point with what we are seeing in the small business community. Gaining access to capital seems to be a large barrier to entry second to surety of getting paid. Dealing with a international bank that has a trade services group as well as SBA Export Working Capital delegated authority is a must for any business who exports goods or services.
    Gareth Petsch
    Head of SBA for Citibank

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