SBA Office of Advocacy Releases Alabama Small Business Profile: Alabama is home to 386,661 small businesses

For Release: February 4, 2015

SBA Number: 15-02 ADV                                                                                


Contact: Elle Patout


SBA Office of Advocacy Releases Alabama Small Business Profile

Alabama is home to 386,661 small businesses


WASHINGTON – Today, the Office of Advocacy, an independent office within the Small Business Administration, released a report entitled Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories, an annual analysis of each state’s small business activities. The profile includes information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics using the most recently available government data.

“Every year the Office of Advocacy strives to produce a small business snapshot for Alabama’s entrepreneurs and policymakers,” said Christine Kymn, Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research.  “We believe today’s report illustrates the importance of Alabama’s small businesses and the vital role they play in Alabama’s economy.”


Some highlights of the profile include:

  • Alabama is home to 386,661 small businesses,
  • Alabama’s small businesses employ 764,207 individuals.
  • The three industries with the most small business employment include:  health care and social assistance; retail trade; and accommodation and food services
  • Small businesses made up 81.7 percent of the Alabama’s exporting companies generating 18.2 percent of the state’s total known export value.


For a detailed report by state, please check out the report here on the Office of Advocacy website.


Background:  The Small Business State and Territory Profiles report on the economic status of small business from 2007 to 2014. The profiles are a reference tool for researchers, policymakers, and small entities who are interested in how small firms are performing regionally or nationally. Note that this report generally defines small businesses as firms with fewer than 500 employees.



The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is an independent voice for small business within the federal government. For more information, visit, call (202) 205-6533 or get updates on Twitter (@AdvocacySBA) or Facebook at