While elected officials have long extolled the virtues of the small business and its powers of job creation, more attention has been paid recently to the age of firms instead of the size. But what happens when you mix the two and look at the smallest new startups? That is where the real growth happens. Since the late 1970s, new companies with 1 – 4 employees accounted for 86% of new firms. During roughly that same time period, startups with 1-4 employees have created more than 1 million jobs per year while those with 5 – 9 employees have created 500,000 per year. The figures come from the latest Business Dynamics Statistics report from the Kauffman Foundation.