What’s in the report?
This in-depth report provides insights into the trade and growth of eBay-enabled small businesses across the United States at the national and state levels. Using trade data, the report describes how the online platform model for commerce is allowing small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the country to extend their geographic reach and actively engage with global customers. The report also includes an analysis of new enterprise formation on eBay compared to the traditional economy based on county-level economic vitality from 2011-2016. Key findings include that nearly every eBay-enabled small business in the United States is an exporter and that small business growth is more balanced and inclusive on eBay than in the traditional economy - including a greater rate of growth in the less well-off counties across the country. In addition, the report includes policy recommendations aimed at driving greater economic growth among small American businesses using the Internet to export.