Chances are, yours is one of the thousands of businesses in the Bellevue area that will receive a 2007 Economic Census form from the U.S. Census Bureau this month. Forms go to all but the very smallest businesses in this tally done once every five years.
The forms ask for basic information like your location, employment, payroll and sales by type of product or service. Businesses that receive a form are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code) to respond.
Businesses, communities and governments use Economic Census data for planning and market development. Statistics are published for more than a thousand industries as well as for states, counties, cities and metropolitan areas at the government's Business Census website.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census "indispensable to understanding America's economy."
If you have questions, e-mail or call the Census Bureau at 1-877-790-1876 (toll free).
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