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Previewing the 2012 Economic Census

Staff Writer |

WASHINGTON — This fall, U.S. dry cleaning and laundry businesses will receive 2012 Economic Census forms from the U.S. Census Bureau. Selected companies receive forms in October, but most will get them in December. The deadline for submitting the completed form is Feb. 12, 2013.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke has called this census “indispensable to understanding America’s economy.” Taken every five years, the Economic Census “assures the accuracy of the statistics we rely on for sound economic policy and for successful business planning,” he says.

There are a lot of interesting facts from the last Economic Census available about laundry and dry cleaning businesses at business.census.gov. Examples there illustrate how Census Bureau economic statistics are used by local businesses for marketing and planning, as well as by government agencies and researchers.

To preview the forms, visit census.gov/econ/census/smallbiz/forms_info.html.

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