Study conducted in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. constitutes one of the largest independent studies done on small business, with nearly 6000 responses
Los Angeles (May 23rd, 2012) — One of the largest independent studies conducted in 2012 of small businesses (5,997 businesses surveyed) by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. shows that the current business financing environment is restricting both growth opportunity and the ability to hire new employees, especially for small businesses. Among the 5,997 survey respondents, 64% of businesses with revenues under $5 million said difficulty in securing financing is limiting their growth potential and 55% said it is restricting their plans to grow their workforce.
The Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. release today the First Quarter 2012 Private Capital Access Index survey results which will contribute to a forthcoming new indicator to measure the demand for, activity and health of the privately-held businesses. The First Quarter 2012 study is available here: http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/appliedresearch/research/pcmsurvey/form/defaultindex.htm
“Unfortunately, the tight credit market is impacting our economic recovery,” said Dr. John Paglia, director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project and associate professor of finance at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. “Demand for credit is growing, but the supply is not meeting the demand, especially for small businesses. What we are seeing is business owners increasingly looking to unconventional financing options to grow their businesses and in some cases they are putting their expansion plans on hold altogether.”
When looking at state-by-state comparisons, the following states had a high percentage of businesses that claim they are facing limited growth opportunities due to the difficult financing environment:
“With 58% of the survey respondents reporting $1 million or less in annual revenues, Main Street [Note: this has been capitalized elsewhere. Let’s stay consistent in the document] small businesses are clearly continuing to face challenges accessing capital and obtaining financing and as a result, many small business owners are tapping their personal assets to fill financing gaps,” said Jeffrey Stibel, chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
The research found that 46% of business owners with revenues under $5 million transferred personal assets to their business over prior six months compared to 25% of business owners with revenue between $5 million and $100 million. When asked what types of personal assets they tapped into, 68% of both large and small businesses transferred funds from personal savings or investments.
“As small businesses struggle to secure financing from traditional lenders, they are increasing dipping into their own pocketbooks,” continued Dr. Paglia. “As long as business owners have personal assets to tap and it makes economic sense to do so, we may continue to see business owners continue this trend until the financing environment improves.”
The top states throughout the country that had a high concentration of business owners who stated that they had transferred personal assets to their business over the prior six months were:
About the Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index
The First Quarter 2012 research study, which includes 5,977 responses, is part of the Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index (PCA). The PCA Index is a quarterly indicator produced by the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University in partnership with Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The index will be released for the first time in summer 2012. The purpose of the PCA Index is to gauge the demand of small and medium-sized businesses for financing needs, the level of accessibility of private capital, and the transparency and efficiency of private financing markets.
About the Graziadio School of Business and Management
Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio (GRAT-ZEE-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven, and globally-oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited MBA, Masters of Science, and bachelor’s completion business programs. More information found at http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/.
About Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. is the leading provider of business credit building and credibility solutions for businesses. The company helps businesses establish their credit with a D&B D-U-N-S Number and provides the only business credit solution available to companies looking to build, monitor, and impact their business credit and credibility. The company’s headquarters are in Los Angeles, CA with offices throughout the United States. For more information on the company, please visit www.DandB.com. Twitter: @DandB
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