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Information for Respondents

Component ID: #ti1500965308

Due Date

September 6, 2019

Component ID: #ti1411672964

Overview

The Business and Professional Classification Report is used to supplement the other economic surveys at the Census Bureau with business births and helps to ensure proper industry classification in the Economic Census. This survey covers employer firms with establishments located in the United States.  These firms can be classified in all sectors covered by the Economic Census as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

The Business and Professional Classification Report requests firms to designate their type of business activity, two months of sales or receipts, principle lines of merchandise, whether the firm is owned or owns another establishment, not-for-profit status, type of operation for wholesale firms, inventories, and method of selling for retail and wholesale firms.

Component ID: #ti485858565

Ready to Report or Need Assistance?

To report online:

  1. Sign-in or Register at https://portal.census.gov
  2. Add your authentication code
  3. Report by clicking on “REPORT NOW.”  You can return to your account over multiple sessions to complete.
  4. For assistance completing this survey, please log-in to your Census Bureau account at https://portal.census.gov  and send us a secure message to  or call the customer help line at 1-800-253-1882, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
  5. Please visit How Do I Get Started? for additional information. 
  6. Please visit How-To Videos for information on Logging into the Respondent portal, via your Census Bureau account.

Component ID: #ti1391350186

Current Survey Form

To help you prepare for online reporting, click on the appropriate forms and instructions below.
(All forms are in Adobe PDF file format and are for informational purposes only)

Survey and Instructions

pdf   Worksheet   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   Instructions   [<1.0 MB]

Letters

pdf   Initial Letter   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   Due Date Reminder   [<1.0 MB]
pdf   Follow-up   [<1.0 MB]
Component ID: #ti852648435

Authority

Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Sections 131 and 182, require businesses and other organizations included in the survey to answer the questions and submit a response.

Component ID: #ti1343440147

Confidentiality

Title 13, United States Code, Section 9, requires the Census Bureau to keep your information CONFIDENTIAL and can use your responses only to produce statistics.  The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify your business, organization, or institution.  Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data.

Component ID: #ti1860929219

Survey Legitimacy

Below are a few common items you can use to verify the legitimacy of this survey:

  1. Ensure the Web address provided in the letter is a "census.gov" domain.
  2. Reporting information is provided in the letter.
  3. On the log-in screen, a warning message should be present stating the respondent is accessing a U.S. Government computer.
  4. Additionally, the upper right corner of the page should display the OMB eight-digit number and expiration date. This number indicates that the OMB has approved the survey and has confirmed there is a need to collect the information.

The bottom of the log-in screen should have a link for the “Burden Statement” which also contains the OMB eight-digit number.

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