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National Inventors’ Day: February 11, 2019

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Presidential Proclamation 1973:

“The creators of our Republic, themselves the inventors of a new form of government, recognized the important role which inventors would play in achieving national progress and, accordingly, gave the Congress the Constitutional authority to grant inventors, for limited times, the exclusive rights to their discoveries. In 1790, Congress did that by establishing the United States Patent System and granting Samuel Hopkins the first patent.

“History is filled with evidence of the success of this system. The names of Whitney, McCormick, Morse, Bell, and Edison and the cotton gin, the reaper, the telegraph and telephone, the light bulb, the airplane, transistor, television, are familiar examples of American inventiveness.”

Key Stats:

Source: 2014 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE).

The ASE provides information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners through a public-private partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

The Census Bureau collaborated with the Kauffman Foundation to use their expertise in entrepreneurship research to develop new relevant content and the resulting data products. The Census Bureau’s collaboration with the MBDA will help complete the picture of business ownership by producing modeled estimates for nonemployer businesses by gender, ethnicity, race and veteran status.

More Stats:

From the 2020 Decennial Census > Research and Testing:

The Census Bureau's goal is to design and conduct the 2020 Census at less cost per housing unit than the 2010 Census, while maintaining high quality. This requires early identification of the major cost drivers along with development and implementation of innovative enumeration methods aimed at reducing those costs. Four key design areas have been the focus of the majority of the work during the Research and Testing Phase:


Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE).

The ASE is designed to introduce a new module each year to capture information on differing business topics. The 2016 ASE module asked questions about business banking relationships, business advice and planning, and regulations.


Source: 2012 American Community Survey.


From Census.gov › History › Genealogy › Decennial Census Records:

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