[About Entrepreneurship in the US]
"Entrepreneurship, an important feature of economic growth and adaptation, is a major activity in the United States. About 18 million in the U.S. were actively engaged in starting or managing a new firm in 2004. The U.S. continues to be a majorâ€”but not the largestâ€”source of global entrepreneurial activity. The importance of new firm creation to the future of the U.S. economy has led to a program of annual assessment of U.S. entrepreneurship. The U.S. Entrepreneurial Assessment project is the only source of longitudinal data that is based directly on individual reports of entrepreneurial activity; the procedures are consistent over time and harmonized with those implemented in 43 other countries."