Issue Brief: Microbusinesses in Southwest Florida
In this issue brief, we expand the analysis from our previously published issue brief that examined microbusinesses in Lee County, Florida by expanding the geographical area to all of Southwest Florida (defined as the five-county area encompassing Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties). Information in this Issue Brief was collected on July 29, 2022 from USA Reference database. The database represents a list of establishment-level records that is continuously updated to provide the most up-to-date information about businesses. US Reference provided 72,800 records containing all establishments with no more than 500 employees located in the entire region. The list included some records for individuals (primarily in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry) that worked for the same establishment. These records were removed from the analysis. Furthermore, all establishments that were in Public Administration were removed. This reduced the total number of records to 62,268.