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Cover of Small Business Spotlight - FinRegLab publication

This Small Business Spotlight report by FinRegLab provides an overview of applied research based on data from six non-bank financial services providers, two of which are SME FInance Forum's members —Accion,

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SMALL MATTERS. Global evidence on the contribution to employment by the self-employed, micro-enterprises and SMEs
This report, by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) , examines worldwide evidence of the contribution that the selfemployed and enterprises of different size classes make to total employment. A key finding is that, globally, the self-employed and micro- and small enterprises account...
ICIC Report
In a new report, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) shows how important small businesses are as job creators in 10 of America’s largest cities and their under-resourced inner cities. Small businesses are the backbone of urban economies, providing critical jobs for local residents. This report offers compelling data on the jobs...
2019 Amazon SMB Impact Report
In total, there are more than 1.9 million businesses, content creators, and developers in the U.S. using Amazon products and services to follow their dreams and reach customers. This second annual Amazon SMB Impact Report takes a deeper look at how small businesses are benefiting from Amazon’s tools and services. The results are striking: SMBs...
The Unseen Sector: A Report on the MSME Opportunity in South Africa
Building small businesses that contribute to the economy and create jobs is one of South Africa’s biggest development opportunities. Small enterprises employ between 50 and 60 percent of South Africa’s work force and contribute around 34 percent of GDP. However, the small business sector has been relatively stagnant over the last decade, and only...
Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa
The Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA released Digital Commerce and Youth Employment in Africa, new research that shows 80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030. These findings indicate that the digital commerce sector has the potential of disrupting the future of work on the continent...
High-Growth Firms: Facts, Fiction, and Policy Options for Emerging Economies
Remarkably, a small fraction of firms account for most of the job and output creation in high-income and developing countries alike. Does this imply that the path to enabling more economic dynamism lies in selectively targeting high-potential firms? Or would pursuing broad-based reforms that minimize distortions be more effective? Inspired by...
Econometric Study on the Impact of EU Loan Guarantee Financial Instruments on Growth and Jobs of SMEs
This paper provides a policy-oriented summary of a recent report to the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. The econometric study assesses the real performance effects of EU-guaranteed loans to SMEs disbursed in the Benelux, Italy, and the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), during...
Scale-up Success: What Do SMEs Need to Supercharge Their Growth?
This report examines how more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could experience wider success by adopting some of the practices of businesses with higher growth ambitions. In doing so it also explores the potential for a larger proportion of the global SME population to achieve increased productivity gains, turnover and job generation...
Report: Scale-ups Offer Significant Opportunity for Economic Growth in MENA
Successful scale-ups in the MENA region are generating on average 3.4x more revenues and 8x more jobs than other SMEs, according to new research co-authored by Strategy& and Endeavor. Released at Area 2071, an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation, the study, “Scaling Up MENA SMES: How a handful of firms can fast-forward economic growth,”...
Endeavor's 2018 Impact Report
Endeavor's 2018 Impact report highlighted job creation by Endeavor Entrepreneurs, shared stories of entrepreneurs and the employees and communities they have impacted, and examined what the future of high-impact entrepreneurship will look like. A few of the milestones their entrepreneurs celebrated in 2018: Endeavor companies received major...