The Prime Growth Framework for

Small Business Suppliers

The Prime Growth Framework for Suppliers is a powerful combination of strategic datasets and actionable insight to more effectively deliver growth solutions to small business owners.
 
Identify prime growth small businesses: independents or small chains, that are employers, with a commercial location, currently at a seed (pre-opening) or expansion (high growth) development stage.
 
Create highly relevant, timely & compelling value propositions, by understanding current growth priorities and positioning your solutions to support those priorities.

 
The Prime Growth Framework for Suppliers covers all industries, or choose an industry-specific solution:
 
Commercial Lenders
Healthcare Suppliers
Retail Suppliers
Restaurant Suppliers
Service Business Suppliers

 
 


 
 

Overview

Key Features

1. Prime Growth Classification
2. Sector monitoring
3. The Prime Growth Briefing
4. Value alignment

 
 


 
 

Gain a powerful new perspective on the small business sector

Prime Growth Classification

At the core of the framework is Prime Growth Classification, a growth-based classification standard for the small business sector. Growth-based classification uses development stage, growth format and growth scale to categorize firms rather than traditional small business segmentation (revenues, company age, company size, and digital engagement).
 
The purpose of the standard is to identify current prime growth firms and segment them by their current growth priorities.
 
Prime growth firms are independents or small chains, that are employers, with a commercial location, currently at a seed (pre-opening) or expansion (high growth) development stage.
 
Growth priorities are the big picture context of an owner’s current growth plans – the format and scale of growth they are currently working to accomplish.
 

Why this matters

Most small business owners are not motivated by growth1 and the vast majority are not receptive to new solutions2.
 
Prime growth firms are the small businesses most likely to be motivated3 and receptive4. When you can identify prime growth firms and determine their current growth priorities, you can deliver solutions that support those priorities, making your company a more integrated and valuable part of the small business ecosystem.
 
Traditional small business segmentation does not provide the ability to identify prime growth firms or their growth priorities, as the key indicators are current development stage, growth format, and growth scale5.
 
Learn more about Prime Growth Classification
 

1. Only 24% of owners report wanting their firm to be “as large as possible”, and more than 50% of owners cite lifestyle benefits such as “flexibility over schedule” or “be my own boss” as a primary reason for starting their firm. Pugsley, Benjamin Wild and Erik Hurst. “What Do Small Businesses Do?”, Brookings Papers On Economic Activity, Fall 2011. Available online. Only 33% of owners say their primary goal is to grow. The Hartford. “2015 Small Business Success Study”, 2015. Available online. 2. Waters, Steve. “Why The Vast Majority of Small Businesses Are Not Receptive to New Solutions”, SMB Intelligence, May 2018. Available online.. 3. Waters, Steve. “Most Small Business Owners are Motivated by Lifestyle – Not Growth”, SMB Intelligence, May 2018. Available online. 4. Waters, Steve. “Identifying the Small Businesses Most Receptive to New Solutions”, SMB Intelligence, May 2018. Available online. 5.Waters, Steve. “Growth-based Classification vs. Traditional Small Business Segmentation”, SMB Intelligence, May 2018. Available online.

 
 

 
 

Continually monitor the sector to identify current prime growth firms

Sector Monitoring

SMB Intelligence uses proprietary open-source intelligence (OSINT) methods applied through a combination of machine analysis and human analytics.
 
We continually monitor over 30,000 real estate, editorial, public government data, social media and other sources to track planned growth activity in the small business sector. We apply Prime Growth Classification to that dataset to identify & segment prime growth firms, and then aggregate additional data points to determine key characteristics including their current job creation status, contact details and digital engagement.
 

Why this matters

Which firms are currently considered prime growth continually changes, as the sector churns with new firms entering, failed firms exiting and surviving firms moving through development stages.

 
 


 
 

Maintain a current view of planned prime growth activity

The Prime Growth Briefing

Published every two weeks, The Prime Growth Briefing is a powerful dataset that identifies current prime growth firms in the US across all industries, segments them based on their current growth priorities, and provides deep insight into their current status through 60 innovative data points.
 
View the data points included in the Briefing.
 

Why this matters

Traditional small business datasets and segmentation does not provide insight into prime growth firms, growth priorities, or growth timing6.
 

Effectively identify:

• New seed stage firms currently planning their launch
• Single establishment firms currently planning to expand into a small chain by adding a second establishment
• Emerging small chains (3-10 establishments) currently planning to add an establishment
• Advanced small chains (11-20 establishments) currently planning to add an establishment
• Small chains who are planning high velocity expansion by adding multiple establishments at once
• Firms currently planning to relocate their firm or an establishment
• Firms currently planning to allocate recently raised funds to support substantial growth
• When this planned growth is scheduled to take place

 

Number of firms identified

The quantity of prime growth firms / establishments identified averages 35,000 annually. Monthly volume varies with sector conditions / activity.
 

Data Validation

Published every two weeks, the Prime Growth Briefing is the most current and accurate small business dataset available. We take extensive steps to ensure the veracity of the data we provide, and to present it to clients in a transparent manner. We use both internal and third-party validation tools, and all contact information is accompanied by validation status.
 

6.Waters, Steve. “Growth-based Classification vs. Traditional Small Business Segmentation”, SMB Intelligence, May 2018. Available online.

 
 


 

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This map displays current prime growth firms recently identified by SMB Intelligence. The map is interactive, hover over a pinpoint to view insight about the firm.
 
 


 
 

Effectively align your value to the growth priorities of owners

Value alignment

The Prime Growth Briefing groups prime growth firms into nine segments based on their current growth priorities.
 
Growth priorities refer to the big picture context of an owner’s current growth plans – the format and scale of growth they are currently working to accomplish. When you can determine current growth priorities you can align your solutions to support those priorities. This makes your solutions more relevant, effective, and compelling, and your company a more valuable part of the small business ecosystem.
 

Why this matters

Owners live in the moment7 and want solutions to current priorities, not generalized value8.
 

The nine segments:

 

Seed – New Firm

New, seed stage, pre-revenue, pre-opening firms currently planning to launch their firm.

Seed – Encore

New, seed stage, pre-revenue, pre-opening firms currently planning to launch their firm, with an owner who has previous entreprenuerial experience.

Seed – Funded

New, seed stage, pre-revenue, pre-opening firms currently planning to allocate recently raised funds to launch their firm.

Expansion – Initial

Existing, expansion stage firms, currently planning to expand their single establishment firm into a small chain by adding a second establishment.

Expansion – Emerge

Existing, expansion stage, emerging small chains with 3-10 establishments, that are currently planning to expand by adding an establishment.

Expansion – Advance

Existing, expansion stage, advanced small chains with 11-20 establishments, that are currently planning to expand by adding an establishment.

Expansion – Velocity

Existing, expansion stage firms, that are currently planning rapid expansion by adding multiple new establishments at once.

Expansion – Relocate

Existing, expansion stage firms, that are currently planning to expand by relocating their firm or an establishment to a new location.

Expansion – Funded

Existing, expansion stage firms that are currently planning to allocate recently raised funds for substantial growth.
 
 

7.The average small business has less than a month of cash buffer days (meaning that if something happened that affected their revenue, they would have less than two months before they ran out of cash). 75% of owners have less than two months, 25% of owners have less than two weeks! JP Morgan Chase. “Cash is King: Flows, Balances and Buffer Days”, September 2016. Available online. 8.CEB. “The 9 Traits Small Business Owners Share”, September 2015. Available online.

 
 


 
 

Deliverables

The Prime Growth Framework for Suppliers is a premium, subscription-based service. The service is built for fast deployment into your existing environment – there is nothing to add to your tech stack.
 

Datasets

The Prime Growth Briefing
The Briefing is published every two weeks and delivered in CSV format via email.
View the data points.
 

Strategic insight

The Prime Growth Approach
A nine-step model to implement the Prime Growth Briefing for Suppliers into your organization, delivered in PDF format.
 
Prime Growth Classification User Guide
A guide to understanding how and why to use Prime Growth Classification, delivered in PDF format.

 
 


 
 

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Access to the Prime Growth Framework for Suppliers is provided to members of our Small Business Supplier Alliance.
 
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