US Business Formation Trends

We’ve compiled data on US business formation trends to help business owners make good decisions when starting and running a small business.

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Business Formation Trends by Year

The graph below displays the total number of business applications submitted each year from 2011–2020.

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Business Formation Trends by Quarter

The business calendar is divided into four quarters that change every three months:

  • Q1 First Quarter: January–March
  • Q2 Second Quarter: April–June
  • Q3 Third Quarter: July–September
  • Q4 Fourth Quarter: October–December

The graph below represents the quarterly business formation data from 2005 to the present.

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Business Formation Trends by Month

This graph displays the number of business applications submitted in each month from 2018 to the present.

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