America Needs Your Business Numbers
December 17, 2007
In December, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed Economic Census forms to more than 4 million businesses - to all large and medium businesses and many small businesses. If you received a form, the law (Title 13, U.S. Code) requires that you complete and return it.
The due date is February 12, less than a month away.
The forms ask for basic information like your location, employment, payroll, and sales by type of product or service. Businesses that receive a form are required by law to respond.
Businesses, communities, and governments use Economic Census data for planning and market development. Statistics are published for more than a thousand industries as well as for states, counties, cities and metropolitan areas at business.census.gov.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census "indispensable to understanding America's economy."
Economic indicators we use all the time -- like Gross Domestic Product, monthly retail sales, and the producer price index -- all depend on the Economic Census for continued accuracy. The data are also used by businesses large and small, and by your Napa Chamber to assist in creating a strong local economy.
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If you need more information or help completing the form, see the Census Bureau's business help site at www.census.gov/econhelp or call 1-800-233-6136.
America needs your numbers.