Business Starts Index

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Business Starts Index'

A compilation of statistics published by Dun & Bradstreet that reports the number of businesses – incorporated and unincorporated – that start each week. Economists, investors and lawmakers use the index to evaluate current financial trends and to forecast future economic conditions.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Business Starts Index'

Dun & Bradstreet analyzes corporate-reported information to supply credit reports and ratings to analysts. In addition to nationwide statistics, individual states report their monthly business starts, which means that the index can be used for comparative purposes for particular time periods and regions.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Angel Investor

    An investor who provides financial backing for small startups ...
  2. Venture Capital

    Money provided by investors to startup firms and small businesses ...
  3. Franchise

    A type of license that a party (franchisee) acquires to allow ...
  4. Startup

    A company that is in the first stage of its operations. These ...
  5. Welfare Capitalism

    Definition of welfare capitalism.
  6. Cottage Industry

    A small-scale industry often operated out of a home, rather than ...
Related Articles
  1. Entrepreneurship

    Are You An Entrepreneur?

  2. Professionals

    Start Your Own Financial Planning Firm

  3. Entrepreneurship

    Can You Handle A Home-Based Business?

  4. Professionals

    Top 5 Incentives For Student Startups

Hot Definitions
  1. Capitulation

    When investors give up any previous gains in stock price by selling equities in an effort to get out of the market and into ...
  2. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  3. Conduit Issuer

    An organization, usually a government agency, that issues municipal securities to raise capital for revenue-generating projects ...
  4. Financing Entity

    The party in a financing arrangement that provides money, property, or another asset to an intermediate entity or financed ...
  5. Hyperinflation

    Extremely rapid or out of control inflation. There is no precise numerical definition to hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is ...
  6. Gross Rate Of Return

    The total rate of return on an investment before the deduction of any fees or expenses. The gross rate of return is quoted ...
Trading Center