News updated with 2021 data showing economic recovery, an online research tool that tracks business activity and impact at the local, state and national levels, has been updated with 2021 data. It paints a picture of the overall trends in the pandemic recovery as well as conditions specific to industries and individual communities for the past 18 years.

For instance, in 2020 Wisconsin experienced its highest rate of business establishment losses in 18 years at 9.4%. That was quickly followed by its highest rate of business establishment gains at 3.9% in 2021.

“Because every city or region has a different mix of economic influences, can help economic developers, researchers, businesses and government agencies understand their communities, compare them with others and ultimately make better decisions,” said Gregg Cole, creator of the interactive tool.

In addition to the standard content, custom reports are available for purchase by request. The website will be updated further in June. Learn more by signing up for newsletter updates.

About is a business census of the U.S. economy that tracks all business establishments (and their jobs), including for-profit, nonprofit and government. It was created by the Business Dynamics Research Consortium, a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the University of Wisconsin System.

Food Finance Institute to be Wisconsin Network Coordinator for Great Lakes Midwest Regional Food Business Center

MADISON — The Food Finance Institute (FFI), part of UW System’s Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship is thrilled to be a key partner on one of twelve recently USDA-awarded Regional Food Business Centers: The Great Lakes Midwest Regional Food Business Center.