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For over 26% of those responding, the business of American Indian Art is only a part

time endeavor with income being supplemented by other occupations. Very typically, an

enterprise consists of only the proprietor, with extra help coming from a family member.

This is exactly the same level as the 2011 Survey.

50% of the respondents report having more than two employees, with just 20% reporting

having 5 or more employees. Employment was up during 2011.

Number of Employees

2011 Employees

2010 Employees

2+

50%

41%

5+

20%

18%

An Aging Industry

Over 25% of the reporting businesses have been in business for over 30 years, and over

76% have been in business for 11 years or more. Only 3% of those reporting entered the

industry during the past two years.

Years In Business

2012

2011

-2 Years

3%

4%

11+ Years

76%

73%

Over 30 Years

25%

30%

A Positive Economic Outlook and Thoughts About Federal Government Support

Most in the American Indian Arts business are optimistic about the future. Over 68% of

respondents feel that their business will grow during 2012, even though respondents were

not overly optimistic about overall industry growth, as describe above.

Yet over 68% report that they will not be adding employees, even if growth is significant.

(This is in significant contrast to 2011 where 84% of respondents indicated employment

will not grow.)

At the same time, only 5% of respondents feel that the federal government has a positive

and supportive attitude toward the support of the American Indian Art business, or of

small business in general while 40% believe that the federal government is not supportive

of the industry. Nearly half of the respondents have no feeling one way or another on the

subject.