Since the early months of the pandemic, Facebook has been surveying small businesses around the world to find out what they’re going through and what help they need. Throughout 2020 and 2021, our State of Small Business reports have painted a consistent and sobering picture. The pandemic has been devastating for small businesses everywhere. Many have closed for good, and many of those who remained open have seen sales slump and staff laid off. And it has hit businesses led by women and under-represented communities the hardest.

Today we’re publishing the results of our latest survey of more than 35,000 small business leaders, across 30 countries and territories, carried out this July and August. It finds that closure rates are falling around the world in a majority of surveyed countries, a sign that the small business recovery is underway. But there is still a long way to go and many of the inequalities and challenges…

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