About 9,700 Colorado Springs-area businesses will receive 2007 Economic Census forms in December.
Federal law requires all businesses that receive the forms to respond.
The forms must be returned to the U.S. Census Bureau by Feb. 12.
The census, taken every five years, develops a portrait of national and local American business.
Businesses use the data to assess where they stand in the marketplace and to research market shares, salaries, product and sales trends, and site locations.
“Important economic indicators, such as gross domestic product, are directly related to the quality of the data we get from businesses in every industry and every locality,” said Thomas Mesenbourg Jr., the Census Bureau’s associate director for economic programs.