In my opinion this is scandalous for 2 reasons: (1) it makes a proprietary database a monopoly-owned asset that an entire industry must acquire by bureaucratic fiat, and (2) the data is not transparent and I believe highly unreliable and misleading. I say it is unreliable because when I examine the business counts in different counties in the data used by the federal bank regulators and compare it to the transparent business demographics published in the Census County Business Patterns there always is a huge difference. Which data would you trust? Unfortunately, the CCBP breaks out business size by employee counts, not GAR.
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