The Dashboard Spy

April 24, 2006

Small Business Scorecard – monthly trends based on aggregate payroll data

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 5:20 am

A payroll services company (website at surepayroll.com) is providing an additional service by aggregating, monitoring and commenting on the financial statistics of its small business customers. The Small Business Scorecard is a monthly look at the small business economy as evidenced by the data of 15,000 of the company's customer companies. The first dashboard is a summary view by region. The larger screenshot shows the payroll data by state. From their site: " Again, like last month, salaries are up year to date in all four regions: the Midwest, Northeast, South and West. As depicted in the graphic below, results varied from state to state. The Scorecard comprises data from all fifty states but we pay close attention to 21 states that we have earmarked as "benchmark states": Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Year to date, salaries are up in 20 of our 21 benchmark states. Florida remains the only state where salaries have shrunk since December 2005. Firms increased in size in 12 of our 21 benchmark states. This month, the only year-to-date change in direction was Georgia, which went from negative to positive. "

Small business scorecard

business dashboard

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ dashboardspy.com. Also check out The Dashboard Spy's favorite books.

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