Using data from the Fed’s Small Business Credit Survey: 2023 Report on Employer Firms, this brief offers a snapshot of business conditions in Pennsylvania in 2022. The short, graphic report illustrates what 568 firms in the state said about their overall conditions, financing needs, and their top challenges, and makes comparisons with conditions in 2021.

Top operational challenges in Pennsylvania for small business owners according to the Small Business Credit Survey.

More than half of the firms in Pennsylvania had not seen revenue improvements since 2021, while 45 percent experienced an increase in revenue. Most of the firms reported that financial conditions were either poor or fair.

As more pandemic assistance programs were phased out in 2022, more than half of firms did not apply for pandemic-related financial assistance. Still, firms continued to demonstrate demand for funding: 39 percent applied for nonemergency loans, lines of credit, or merchant cash advances. The most popular of these were lines of credit, business loans, and Small Business Administration loans.

The most widely cited operational challenges were supply chain issues, hiring or retaining qualified staff, and reaching customers or growing sales. The most severe financial challenges cited were increased costs of goods, services, and/or wages; uneven cash flow; and paying operating expenses.

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