Entrepreneurial Activity Grows in 2007

According to the latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 495,000 new businesses per month were started in 2007 with 0.30 percent of the adult population (or 300 out of 100,000 adults) involved in the startup process. This entrepreneurial activity rate is a slight increase over the 2006 rate of 0.29 percent.


  • The rates for immigrants (0.37 percent to 0.46 percent) and men (0.35 percent to 0.41 percent) rose significantly

  • The rate for women dropped (from 0.23 percent to 0.20 percent).

  • The rate among Latinos increased (0.33 percent to 0.40 percent) more than any other major ethnic or racial group

The rate among youth—ages 20-34—increased, but still lag behind older age groups
The study also examines entrepreneurial activity by city, state and region. Startup activity increased in the Midwest and the West, but decreased in the Northeast. The entrepreneurial activity rate increased slightly in the South.



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