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We’re applying for a grant, and we need to show how many women/minority owned businesses there are in the sewn products industry. Where should we look for that information?

Special programs or consideration are sometimes given to companies that are women- or minority-owned. The U.S. Census Bureau does a survey of American business owners every five years; the last one was conducted in 2007. Not all of the data has been completely analyzed for 2007, but is complete for 2002. The amount of data is large; there are a variety of public access reports you can run from it. To get the most meaningful data, use filters whenever possible, and the NAICS code we suggest using as a sewn products manufacturer is 314, which is “Textile Product Mills.” The definition of this category is: “Industries in the Textile Product Mills subsector group establishments that make textile products (except apparel). With a few exceptions, processes used in these industries are generally cut and sew (i.e., purchasing fabric and cutting and sewing to make nonapparel textile products, such as sheets and towels).”

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Business Owners

Juli Case is IFAI's information and technical services manager.

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