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Small businesses — those that invoice no more than R$ 3.6 million a year — were responsible for generating seven million new formal jobs between 2000 and 2011, consolidating their position as the main employers in the formal economy. According to the Small and Medium Companies Labor Yearbook, prepared by Sebrae in partnership with the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese), the segment was responsible in 2011 for the generation of 15.6 million formal registered jobs (52% of the workforce employed in the country.
Besides Supersimples, one of the great gains of the General Law of Micro and Small Companies (MSEs), signed into law by Lula, was to encourage the segment to participate in government procurement — tenders for purchases up to R$ 80,000 may even be aimed exclusively at MSEs. In 2006, before the Act took effect, small businesses accounted for 15% of government procurement (R$ 2 billion), according to the Sebrae; in 2012, this share doubled to 30% (R$ 15 billion).
What already was good got better. In August 2014, President Dilma sanctioned Complementary Law 147/2014, universalizing tax simplification for micro and small businesses. The law, which takes effect in 2015, could benefit about 450,000 companies with annual revenues of R$ 3.6 million. Some 140 new activities linked to the service sector are included, which will be entitled to join the Supersimples — such as doctors, lawyers, therapists, engineers and journalists.