DATA

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Data from Pew Charitable Trusts, Small and Midsized Business Report, 2020.

FACT:
Philadelphia has
Low Business Density.

  • Philadelphia has the fewest small and midsize business establishments per capita than comparable cities.  

 

  • Low business density is correlated with fewer business births, lower economic output, and higher poverty within an area.

  • This also means the city has a sparse ecosystem of businesses for:

    • Individuals to find jobs with.

    • Entrepreneurs to partner with.

    • Lenders and investors to help grow.

    • City agencies and schools to rely on for tax revenue.

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Data from Pew Charitable Trusts, Small and Midsized Business Report, 2020.

FACT:
Philadelphia has
Fewer Business “Births”.

 

Comparison city's business births exceeded deaths by nearly double the Philadelphia margin.​

  • Also, from 2006 to 2016, net job growth at new establishments was about half the rate elsewhere, an average 0.8% per year.

  • New establishments lagged existing establishments of any size in creating jobs.

  • Less than a tenth of 1% of all small establishments had moved into the city from somewhere else.

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Data from Pew Charitable Trusts, Small and Midsized Business Report, 2020.

FACT:
Philadelphia has
Fewer "Traded" businesses (Large Employers) 

 

"Traded” companies are those that sell to a National or global market, rather than solely a local market. 

  • These companies generally hire in large numbers and offer better pay. 

  • Only 19% of Philadelphia companies are in the traded category.