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On Monday, LinkedIn (s LNKD) released new stats about its membership growth, showing that the small business sector is a major player in the larger professional landscape. More than 4.7 million of LinkedIn’s members work for small businesses, according to an infographic published by the company.
And while green startups may have gone through some tough times recently, LinkedIn has seen a major uptick in members who work for small businesses in the industry. From 2009 to 2011, “renewables and environment” was the fastest growing sector within the small business landscape on LinkedIn, with the number of LinkedIn members in the space growing 29 percent in that timeframe. Interestingly, the second-fastest small business growth sector on LinkedIn was “oil and energy,” which grew by 20 percent from 2009 to 2011.
That greentech growth could just add credence to talk that the sector is ripe for a shakeout. But, as my colleague Katie Fehrenbacher wrote recently, there’s still a lot of progress that can be made in the space — if the right people put their minds to it.