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SMB Intelligence is a mission-driven market intelligence firm working to advance inclusive economic growth through a stronger small business ecosystem.
Using proprietary open-source intelligence (OSINT) methods applied through machine analysis and human analytics, we provide government, nonprofit, investor and corporate clients with industry-leading market intelligence on the small business sector.
Through a combination of powerful datasets and strategic insight, we enable our clients to more effectively deliver growth solutions to small business owners, and determine where those solutions can have the largest economic and social impact. We are the only organization to track the small business sector using growth-based classification, to identify prime growth small businesses and determine their current growth priorities, and to provide built-in socioeconomic insight.
Our clients include North America’s two largest economic development agencies, Fortune 500 companies, leading venture capital firms, high-growth startups and high-impact nonprofits.
Our Prime Growth framework is currently used to support research by economists at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and by students at Stanford Graduate School of Business. The framework has been featured in Harvard’s Data-Smart City Solutions, Route Fifty, Impact Alpha, and Government Technology.
SMB Intelligence is a member of the national Opportunity Zones Coalition, led by Economic Innovation Group, and is a member of the Fund for our Economic Future.



SMB Intelligence was founded in 2018 by Steve Waters, a social entrepreneur and advocate for small businesses in distressed communities.
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Data philanthropy

We partner with select nonprofits, think tanks and individual academics to further economic development, social impact, and public policy initiatives.
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Corporate responsibility

We take extensive steps to ensure that our services are not used in an abusive manner. We vet every organization prior to accepting them as a client, and cannot work with certain organizations.
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