Government contracting dollars increased 18.8 percent this year, and the public sector´s percentage of total 500 revenues has increased, too. Government contracts now account for $5.1 billion, or 14.7 percent of the 500´s revenues. However, the take from federal and local sources has decreased, offset by a gain in state contracts of 32.1 percent since last year.
|TOP BARRIERS TO GROWTH|
|AS THE ECONOMY HEATS UP, MORE FIRMS CITE LABOR SHORTAGES AS BARRIERS. FEWER POINT TO COMPETITION & MARKET CONDITIONS.|
|Lack of Capital||8.6%||8.8%|
|Did Not Disclose||20.2%||14.4%|
THE CAPITAL ACCESS EDGE
The big-and-small theme resonates throughout this year´s 500 coverage. Sector profiles on the pages following the directory compare the challenges and resources available to large and smaller companies in each sector. Consensus result: Large companies have better access to capital and can weather slow times better than smaller companies. But for both big and small, growth tends to produce further growth.