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ACG New York, the largest association of middle-market deal -making professionals in New York, announced the results of its Mid-Year Middle-Market Survey. According to the results, 52 percent of those polled believe that the Trump administration... Read Story
July 26, 2017, 07:15 AM


The amount of cash held by U.S. non-financial companies totaled $1.84 trillion at the end of 2016, up 9.2% from $1.68 trillion at the end of 2015, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. The top-five cash hoarders all come from the technology... Read Story
July 25, 2017, 07:14 AM


As the diversified industrial and capital goods sectors begin to recover, there are a number of risks to credit improvement, according to Fitch Ratings. These include mergers and acquisitions, activist investors, shareholder-friendly actions, and the... Read Story
July 14, 2017, 07:10 AM


Middle-market companies reported year-over-year revenue growth of 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Revenue growth registers ahead of the previous quarter's numbers, but is down from the 7.4 percent growth observed one year ago, according to... Read Story
April 28, 2016, 07:10 AM


Higher revenues, greater confidence in the economy, and forward-thinking investment plans highlight results of nationwide small business owner survey conducted by leading independent financing company. An overwhelming majority of small business... Read Story
April 14, 2016, 07:03 AM


A survey conducted by Balboa Capital reveals that small business owners had an encouraging third quarter and are feeling more optimistic about the US economy. The survey was sent to a sample of small business owners nationwide in October 2015, the... Read Story
December 09, 2015, 07:03 AM


From the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show lower expectations for domestic economic performance in both the short and long term.Lenders indicated deteriorating confidence in how they expect the U.S.... Read Story
October 26, 2015, 07:07 AM


A large majority (72%) of small business owners are prioritizing growth according to the inaugural American Express OPEN Small Business Growth Pulse, a survey of 1,000 small businesses with $250,000 or more in annual revenues. Roughly two-thirds of... Read Story
September 30, 2015, 07:05 AM


U.S. businesses' outlook on sales in the coming months has darkened after sales growth slowed in the second quarter, according to a survey released today by the National Association for Business Economics as reported by the Associated Press. More... Read Story
July 20, 2015, 07:03 AM


Sageworks released data suggesting that large privately held companies are more profitable and are growing revenues faster than publicly traded companies in the United States.The analysis covered five years of financial statements, comparing the... Read Story
May 26, 2015, 07:05 AM


Business executives are taking a more tempered view when it comes to expectations for profit, revenue and expansion in the coming year, according to the first quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief... Read Story
March 09, 2015, 07:15 AM


Small business owners report they are the most optimistic in seven years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index (PDF*), with stronger revenues, improved cash flow and increased hiring contributing to the improvement.In the... Read Story
February 09, 2015, 07:10 AM


A report issued by BMO Harris Bank found that the majority of business owners and executives plan on making investments in their business in 2015. A nation-wide poll of 781 business owners and executives found that 58% plan on making at least one... Read Story
February 05, 2015, 07:06 AM


Economic optimism, corporate hiring, profit margin projections and reinvestment plans are the highest in years, according to the 2015 CFO Outlook report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.A majority of CFOs who responded to the annual survey say the... Read Story
February 05, 2015, 07:01 AM


Privately held U.S. companies are entering 2015 with strong profitability and healthy sales growth, according to Sageworks, a financial information company. Looking at statements collected by Sageworks over the past twelve months, private companies... Read Story
January 05, 2015, 07:05 AM


Mid-market executives’ confidence in the US economy soars in Deloitte’s Fall 2014 Mid-Market Perspectives report, as 45 percent of executives say they expect the economy to improve in the next 24 months—compared with just 10 percent in Spring 2014.... Read Story
December 08, 2014, 07:02 AM


National Funding, one of the country’s largest private lenders of small business loans, released the findings of a new survey on the holiday season outlook among small business owners, which found that over a quarter of small business owners are... Read Story
November 17, 2014, 06:50 AM


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index crept back to its August level of 96.1 with a gain of 0.8 points led by a modest increase in the net percent of owners who plan to increase capital spending and more who expect higher sales in the next 3 months.... Read Story
November 12, 2014, 07:02 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) returned to a respectable status, jumping more than two points from 54.9 to 57.0. The readings are back to highs seen at the start of the year. The index of... Read Story
October 31, 2014, 06:00 AM


Small business loan approval rates at big banks reached a post-recession high for the sixth consecutive month, according to the September 2014 Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Biz2Credit.com.... Read Story
October 09, 2014, 06:12 AM


Most executives (87.8 percent) expect the U.S. economy to grow in 2015, according to a recent Deloitte poll. Increased corporate capital investments are expected to have the biggest positive impact on the U.S. economy in 2015 (24 percent) and M&A... Read Story
October 03, 2014, 06:50 AM


The September report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management fell to 54.9 from 56.7. While still firmly in the growth category, this is the lowest reading in nearly two years. Not even the Polar Vortex... Read Story
October 01, 2014, 06:37 AM


Private companies in the United States moved into their third straight quarter of strong performance, according to financial information company Sageworks.  Looking at statements filed over the past year, these companies on average grew sales at a... Read Story
September 30, 2014, 07:15 AM


Reuters reported that the the U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years in the second quarter with all sectors contributing to the jump. According to the Reuters report, the Commerce Department on Friday raised its estimate of growth in... Read Story
September 29, 2014, 07:00 AM


According to the Canadian Business Lending Index (CBLI) released by PayNet Inc. Canada, Canadian businesses are showing a pause in the low risk expansion phase of their business activities as they slow down investment and control financial... Read Story
September 10, 2014, 06:05 AM


The July release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which is a leading economic indicator of GDP, grew 10% over July 2013. The SBLI increased 7% from 120.0 in June 2014 to 128.5 in July 2014 and now stands close to the... Read Story
September 03, 2014, 06:38 AM


Consistency is generally a positive development when the overall readings have been positive and this is the case for the August report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management, which posted no change... Read Story
September 02, 2014, 06:00 AM


The NABE August 2014 Economic Policy Survey summarizes the responses of 257 members of the National Association for Business Economics. Conducted semiannually, this survey was taken between July 22 and August 4, 2014. “Respondents to the latest NABE... Read Story
August 26, 2014, 06:08 AM


In an analysis of financial-statement information from 2010 to 2014, Sageworks found that large, privately held companies in the United States are outpacing their publicly traded counterparts in two key performance metrics. Private companies with... Read Story
August 22, 2014, 06:57 AM


July’s Optimism Index technically rose 0.7 points to a reading of 95.7. There was little change in the 10 Index components other than outlook for expansion and business conditions which accounted for the small gain in the Index. Even though these... Read Story
August 15, 2014, 06:17 AM


Executives at middle-market companies across the United States are ready to pull the trigger on transactions aimed at growing their businesses and creating jobs, according to new research commissioned by CohnReznick LLP, a top ten accounting, tax... Read Story
August 14, 2014, 06:43 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) improved to 56.8 from 56.1 in July. The readings for the favorable and unfavorable factor indices improved, from 62.4 to 63.7 for the favorable factor index... Read Story
August 01, 2014, 06:48 AM


Business leaders representing the nation’s nearly 200,000 mid-sized firms are bullish about the U.S. economy, fueled by consistently strong revenue growth. In fact, middle market companies grew revenue over the past 12 months at 6.6 percent, nearly... Read Story
July 24, 2014, 07:00 AM


The Small business economy displayed steady and faster growth in business investment last month based on the latest release of small business trends. In a sign of consistency, the Small Business Lending Index rose again in May over April and over the... Read Story
July 01, 2014, 06:56 AM


This month’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) reading from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) was 56.1—barely higher than it was in April, but falling well below May’s 56.8. The readings had been closing in on 60 (57.1 in November and... Read Story
July 01, 2014, 06:55 AM


Optimism for the nation’s economic outlook among U.S. business leaders continued to rise from first quarter 2014, according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of more than 3,300 business leaders... Read Story
June 27, 2014, 06:04 AM


According to the latest quarterly analysis of private-company financial statements by Sageworks, U.S. businesses are growing sales and expanding profit margins at a healthy and consistent pace over the last year. Strength in construction has... Read Story
June 26, 2014, 06:45 AM


For the first time since 2006, more CFOs believe the state of the U.S. economy will improve (51 percent) rather than remain the same or worsen (49 percent) during the next six months, according to the Grant Thornton LLP 2014 Spring CFO Survey. This... Read Story
June 19, 2014, 05:57 AM


The NFIB Optimism Index rose 1.4 points in May to 96.6, the highest reading since September 2007.  However, while May is the third up month in a row, the Index is still far below readings that have normally accompanied an expansion and there have... Read Story
June 11, 2014, 06:45 AM


Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation... Read Story
June 10, 2014, 06:45 AM


For the first time since the recession, most business executives are optimistic about prospects for the U.S. economy in the coming year, according to the second quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief... Read Story
June 06, 2014, 06:30 AM


The latest data release of the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI), which has proven to be a leading indicator of GDP between 2-5 months, shows small business investment gathering steam. The SBLI registered 126.5 in April 2014... Read Story
June 03, 2014, 06:36 AM


The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), issued by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), improved from 56 to 56.8 in May. This marks the second consecutive month of improvement for the index, further signaling the end of the first quarter's... Read Story
June 02, 2014, 06:45 AM


Mid-market executives are accelerating strategic business investments and displaying increased optimism despite a harsh winter that took a toll on growth for U.S. businesses, according to the findings of Deloitte's Mid-market perspectives: 2014... Read Story
May 16, 2014, 06:40 AM


The fastest-growing industries in the U.S. over the past 12 months have been dominated by fields tied to construction, according to Sageworks. Twelve of the top 20 fastest-growing industries of the last 12 months are linked to construction, according... Read Story
May 12, 2014, 07:00 AM


Public policy uncertainty can cause economic distress, make businesses pull back on investment, and have adverse effects on job creation, according to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).In... Read Story
May 09, 2014, 06:52 AM


A new survey from TD Bank reveals a surge in both economic optimism and capital spending plans among middle market and large corporate finance executives. According to TD Bank's fourth Annual CFO Survey, nearly 60% of respondents are optimistic about... Read Story
May 08, 2014, 06:52 AM


Optimism for the nation’s economic outlook among U.S. business leaders reached its highest level since 2004, according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of more than 3,300 business leaders in 45... Read Story
April 28, 2014, 06:39 AM


BMO Economics released a special report, North America's Economic Engine, on the economic output from the Great Lakes region. The reports notes that the region is a major driver of North American economic output, employment and trade, accounting for... Read Story
April 28, 2014, 06:04 AM


Despite some concerns with current business conditions, near-term prospects for the manufacturing sector look bright, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) MAPI Business Outlook.  The survey’s... Read Story
April 18, 2014, 07:12 AM


The first quarter of 2014 ended on an upbeat note in the small business economy as March lending activity posted 21 percent growth according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a leading national small business lender. In... Read Story
April 10, 2014, 06:30 AM


BMO Harris Bank released a study that found that the majority of business owners/executives plan on investing in their business in 2014, with upgrading/purchasing new equipment being their primary planned expenditure. "The U.S. economic recovery is... Read Story
March 14, 2014, 07:02 AM


Unusually harsh winter weather didn't slow small business growth in February as demand for lending and financing increased 9.7 percent over January, according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a leading national small... Read Story
March 12, 2014, 06:55 AM


The Credit Managers' Index (CMI), published by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), seems to having a hard time leaving 2013 behind. The February reading fell to 55.6, sending the CMI back to where it was in December, when the index... Read Story
March 03, 2014, 07:00 AM


Middle-market business leaders are taking cautious steps toward growth, according to results of KeyBank's monthly Middle Market Business Sentiment Survey.Despite continuing concern about the economy's strength, there are more plans to add staff, and... Read Story
February 21, 2014, 06:30 AM


Rather than taking a break after the busy holiday retail season, small businesses continued to expand through January 2014, according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital. Direct Capital’s January 2014 index showed a 2.3%... Read Story
February 12, 2014, 07:06 AM


Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been in five years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, and expect their businesses to increase cash flow and hire more employees in 2014. In a small business... Read Story
February 07, 2014, 07:02 AM


January’s reading for the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) rebounded to 57.3, the highest point reached in over a year and even more robust than the 57.1 notched in November. This now begs the... Read Story
February 03, 2014, 06:39 AM


A new national survey conducted by Balboa Capital reveals that business owners and equipment dealers feel the US economy is improving, and are planning to hire more employees, increase marketing initiatives and invest in new equipment, among... Read Story
January 30, 2014, 06:47 AM


Strong December ’13 results cap off a year of steadily growing demand for financing. The small business economy finished 2013 on a high note and shows clear signs of making further gains in 2014, according to the Small Business Lending Index released... Read Story
January 23, 2014, 06:48 AM


Sageworks recently conducted a financial statement analysis of privately held companies to examine which U.S. industries have generated the highest returns on equity over the last 12 months.  Several industries tied to health care — dentists... Read Story
December 27, 2013, 07:06 AM


Reuters reports that according to a PayNet survey, commercial borrowing by small and medium-sized businesses in Canada jumped to a record high in the third quarter as companies invested more to meet demand for their goods and services.According to... Read Story
December 17, 2013, 07:00 AM


CFOs are more optimistic about U.S. economic growth than they were a year ago and expect their companies’ sales to increase in 2014, with growth coming from doing more business with current customers and winning new customers, according to the Bank... Read Story
December 13, 2013, 07:05 AM


Sixty percent of CFOs believe the state of the U.S. economy will remain the same or worsen during the next six months according to the Grant Thornton LLP 2013 Fall CFO Survey. The survey reflects the insights of more than 1,600 CFOs and other senior... Read Story
December 06, 2013, 07:00 AM


Despite ongoing challenges facing the retail sector and the economy, more than 70% of middle market housewares executives are forecasting stronger sales performance in 2014, according to a recent survey (cit.com/housewaresoutlook) by CIT Group Inc.... Read Story
December 06, 2013, 06:28 AM


Mid-market companies show their resiliency in the face of continued uncertainty, according to the findings of a Deloitte-sponsored survey of 503 executives at mid-sized companies in the United States during September – October 2013. The fall 2013 Mid... Read Story
November 26, 2013, 07:00 AM


The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index remained mostly unchanged over the past several months, and is currently at a positive 24 (+24), compared with the third quarter Index score of positive 25 (+25). While it’s the second highest score in the... Read Story
November 26, 2013, 06:58 AM


Recent industry data from Sageworks, a financial information company, show that manufacturing sales growth is slowing.  Manufacturers are growing sales at an annual rate of 2.3 percent, based on an analysis of private-company financial statements... Read Story
November 18, 2013, 06:42 AM


A new national survey from TD Bank reveals that middle-market and corporate CFOs are more confident about both their organizations' ability to manage financial risk and the financial prospects for their companies, indicating the potential for... Read Story
November 07, 2013, 07:00 AM


According to the Q3 2013 Middle Market Indicator from the National Center for the Middle Market, U.S. middle market companies extended their string of solid revenue and employment gains during the third quarter of 2013 and anticipate those trends... Read Story
October 25, 2013, 07:02 AM


The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) moved down again in September, showing the second month of small declines. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending.“Although the Index moved down slightly last month... Read Story
October 18, 2013, 06:30 AM


Small-business owner optimism did not “crash “ in September, but it did fall, dropping 0.20 from August’s (corrected) reading of 94.1 and landing at 93.9. The largest contributing factor to the dip was the significant increase in pessimism about... Read Story
October 10, 2013, 06:50 AM


Small business loan approvals at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) dipped slightly to 17.5% in September from an Index high of 17.6% in August 2013, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan... Read Story
October 09, 2013, 07:02 AM


Middle market executives, whose companies take in more than $6 trillion in revenues and employ more than 30 million people annually, are expressing renewed optimism in their business prospects compared to a year ago. However, despite this positive... Read Story
October 09, 2013, 06:54 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) for August returned to the growth patterns of earlier this summer. The numbers look impressive again, and the index sits at 56.4, up nearly a full point from July’s 55.5. The last few months were a little volatile... Read Story
September 03, 2013, 07:08 AM


A mid-year survey of senior executives from leading global manufacturers identified a number of major risk factors regarding their growth outlook for 2013 and beyond. In Global Growth in 2013—Outlook and Risk Factors, the Manufacturers Alliance for... Read Story
August 26, 2013, 06:59 AM


Small-business optimism sighed in July, with NFIB’s monthly Index increasing just over half-a-point (0.6) for a total reading of 94.1. This month’s report continues the historically weak trend of owner confidence. On the positive front, while the two... Read Story
August 14, 2013, 06:42 AM


Small business lending demand decreased 14% in July, according to Direct Capital. The dip in demand was predictable, as many business owners traditionally choose July for summer vacations. “July has always been the slowest month of the year in terms... Read Story
August 14, 2013, 06:41 AM


Balboa Capital announced the results of a comprehensive online survey of small businesses and equipment vendors nationwide. Among the key findings: American small business owners and equipment dealers are feeling more optimistic about the nation’s... Read Story
August 08, 2013, 06:49 AM


Small business loan approvals at big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) jumped to an all-time index high of 17.4% in July 2013 from 16.9% in June, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on... Read Story
August 07, 2013, 07:01 AM


Successive quarters of strong performance by the nation's nearly 200,000 middle market companies is fueling increased confidence in the national and global economies.  According to the latest Middle Market Indicator (MMI), a survey of 1,000 middle... Read Story
July 24, 2013, 07:08 AM


U.S. financial officers gave the economy its highest score in five years and were significantly more confident about economic growth in 2013 in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey. Executives who participated in the 2013 CFO... Read Story
July 24, 2013, 07:02 AM


Optimism for the nation’s economic outlook among U.S. business leaders rose to a net balance of 55 percent in second quarter 2013 from 31 percent in the previous quarter. This is the highest level recorded since 2005, according to the latest data... Read Story
July 17, 2013, 07:00 AM


The results of the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Business Outlook point to a degree of renewed momentum in manufacturing activity over the next three to six months. The survey’s composite index is a leading... Read Story
July 12, 2013, 07:00 AM


Small business lending demand increased in the second quarter of 2013, according to Direct Capital, a leading provider of equipment leasing, business loans and working capital. The company’s Small Business Lending Index showed a 4% increase in... Read Story
July 08, 2013, 06:50 AM


According to the most recent quarterly Middle Market Business Sentiment Survey by KeyBank Commercial Bank, contrary to predictions for 2013, this is not the year that middle market companies will set new records for mergers and acquisitions. But that... Read Story
June 28, 2013, 07:05 AM


According to Deloitte’s Q2 CFO Signals™ survey, optimism regarding their companies’ prospects is at a level not seen for 15 months among Chief Financial Officers (CFOs). That optimism is translating into a bias toward investment over cash... Read Story
June 27, 2013, 07:10 AM


According to the Sageworks Private Company Report, private companies continue to grow at a healthy pace and to experience strong profit margins in the most recent period. Private companies were generating an average annual sales growth of about 10... Read Story
June 25, 2013, 07:16 AM


Private company business leaders predict that their companies’ performance will continue to outpace the broader U.S. economy in 2013, as they look to IT investments and new products to drive their future growth, according to a survey by KPMG LLP, the... Read Story
June 21, 2013, 06:57 AM


By several financial metrics, private companies appear to be well positioned to take on additional debt, according to recent data from Sageworks, a financial information company. But whether they are finding willing lenders or are even willing to... Read Story
June 20, 2013, 07:02 AM


The credit health of U.S. small businesses has improved thus far in 2013, according Direct Capital.Direct Capital’s internal data shows that the average credit score for small businesses rose over 2012 from January to May 2013. That matches a recent... Read Story
June 17, 2013, 06:32 AM


Small business lending demand remained strong in May and continued to far outpace the previous year, according to the Monthly Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a leading provider of equipment leasing, business loans and working... Read Story
June 12, 2013, 06:57 AM


Business executives’ optimism about the U.S. economy now stands at its highest point since early 2007, although lingering concerns continue to curtail hiring plans, according to the second quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief... Read Story
June 10, 2013, 06:58 AM


The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand 1.8 percent in 2013 and 2.8 percent in 2014, showing no change from MAPI’s... Read Story
June 07, 2013, 07:06 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) for May leapt over two percentage points, from 53.3 to 55.6, to reach a level not recorded since August 2012. The improvement becomes more convincing upon... Read Story
June 05, 2013, 06:52 AM


Investment by millions of small businesses jumped in April to get back to exactly where it began the year. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index (SBLI) increased 17% in April over the same month last year to 110.5 from the slightly... Read Story
June 03, 2013, 07:00 AM


Sageworks released their latest Private Company Report today, a monthly update on the health and state of privately held U.S. companies.     According to the report, private companies continue to grow at a healthy pace and to experience strong profit... Read Story
May 29, 2013, 06:54 AM


During the past year, chief financial officers (CFOs) have grown significantly more confident in the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Spring CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that 45 percent of respondents believe the... Read Story
May 16, 2013, 07:05 AM


Sageworks recently analyzed the financial performance of privately held companies in the strengthening construction sector and found that several subsectors have generated double-digit sales growth in the 12 months ended March 2013.The Private... Read Story
May 15, 2013, 07:14 AM


According to the National Federation of Independent Business, after March's disappointing drop in small business confidence, April’s Index of Small Business Optimism rose 2.6 points to 92.1, just above the recovery average of 90.7. In April’s report... Read Story
May 15, 2013, 07:07 AM


The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Small Business Credit Survey, which provides data and insight into the credit experiences of more than 800 small businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Results suggest the ability... Read Story
May 14, 2013, 06:57 AM


A new survey from TD Bank  found that despite the challenges facing them, more than half (60 percent) of small business owners feel their business is performing at expected levels so far in 2013.TD Bank's survey, which polled more than 600 small... Read Story
May 07, 2013, 07:05 AM


Acording to the latest Private Company Report by Sageworks, private companies in the United States saw annual sales growth of more than 10% in the period ended March 2013, slightly above the previous period and the growth seen one year ago. On... Read Story
May 03, 2013, 06:59 AM


According to PayNet,  the state of U.S. Small Business Manufacturing is growing again by doing what it does best - inventing new industries and business processes.  The PayNet Manufacturing Index, which measures the amount of investment by small... Read Story
May 01, 2013, 07:10 AM


After sustained economic turmoil, mid-market executives have a stronger footing and are taking the necessary steps to make the sector an engine for growth in the next year. However, while optimistic about their own growth, according to findings in... Read Story
April 30, 2013, 07:08 AM


American businesses are cautiously optimistic about their performance this year amid a growing uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economy, according to the 2013 Chase Business Leaders Outlook. More than half of the 3,500 small and mid-sized businesses... Read Story
April 25, 2013, 07:32 AM


Small business lending demand hit its highest level of 2013 in March, according to the Monthly Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital.The index showed that small business lending demand across the United States in March was up 4.5%... Read Story
April 15, 2013, 07:11 AM


On the heels of a pessimistic outlook during the fourth quarter of 2012, U.S. business leaders show signs of increased optimism in the performance of the nation’s economy according to the latest data from the Grant Thornton International Business... Read Story
April 10, 2013, 07:15 AM


The current economic climate continues to discourage private companies from investing, according to a new survey from Sageworks, a financial informational company which surveyed banking professionals who work closely with business owners and found... Read Story
April 10, 2013, 07:12 AM


After three months of sustained growth, the March NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism ended its slow climb, declining 1.3 points and landing at 89.5. In the 44 months of economic expansion since the beginning of the recovery in July 2009, the Index... Read Story
April 10, 2013, 07:00 AM


Canadian businesses remain confident about their business prospects for 2013, according to the latest BMO Small Business Confidence Report. While the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 per cent, employment is still up 1.2 per cent from year-ago levels.... Read Story
April 08, 2013, 07:10 AM


According to PwC US's Trendsetter Barometer survey, most private companies (84%) have taken substantial cost-containment measures over the past several years, with 89% of those companies seeing sustainable savings as a result of these measures.... Read Story
March 29, 2013, 07:15 AM


The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism increased 1.9 points in February, to 90.8. While a nice improvement over the last several reports, the Index remains on par with the 2008 average and below the trough of the 1991-92 and 2001-02 recessions.... Read Story
March 14, 2013, 07:06 AM


Business executives are significantly less pessimistic about the U.S. economy and their own businesses’ prospects than they were at the end of 2012, according to the first quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers... Read Story
March 11, 2013, 07:00 AM


Sageworks reported private companies in the United States continued to grow sales and expand their net profit margins in the period ending in January 2013. Private-company credit risk also appears to be improving, with the average private company’s... Read Story
March 04, 2013, 07:12 AM


The NABE March 2013 Economic Policy Survey presents the consensus of a panel of 196 members of the National Association for Business Economics. Conducted semiannually, the latest survey was conducted between January 21, 2013, and February 13, 2013.... Read Story
March 04, 2013, 07:00 AM


The composite reading for the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) this month is exactly the same as it was in December—54.9. This is just slightly better than it was in January when the reading fell to 54.6. For all intents and purposes, the readings... Read Story
February 28, 2013, 07:23 AM


Reuters reported commercial borrowing by small and medium-sized businesses in Canada achieved its highest level since 2008 in the last three months of 2012, with a much smaller percentage of the businesses reportedly behind on their payments... Read Story
February 28, 2013, 07:00 AM


According to a new survey released by TD Bank, nearly half of small businesses expect their financial health to improve in 2013 and are confident that sales will increase over 2012. The survey also found that nearly one-third of small business... Read Story
February 19, 2013, 07:08 AM


Small-business owner confidence continues to drag, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. The Index gained 0.9 points, rising to 88.9, failing to regain the losses caused by last month’s... Read Story
February 13, 2013, 07:16 AM


Financial executives at U.S. companies continue to be concerned about the economy, with only two out of five executives expecting growth in 2013, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 CFO Outlook. The 602 executives who participated in... Read Story
February 11, 2013, 07:20 AM


A new national survey from TD Bank reveals that both middle-market and corporate CFOs are optimistic for macroeconomic and business growth at a level unseen since the height of the Great Recession. Nearly half (46%) of finance managers polled said... Read Story
February 07, 2013, 07:30 AM


Private U.S. companies are in a slightly better credit position than they were a year ago, according to new data from Sageworks. The average probability that a private company would default in the next year was 4.40 percent for the 12-month period... Read Story
February 07, 2013, 07:00 AM


Sentiment regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy in the year ahead increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers, while uncertainty around outlook for the world economy prevailed, according to the Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC... Read Story
January 30, 2013, 07:31 AM


The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) announced that the U.S. middle market added an estimated $650 billion in new revenue and more than 1 million jobs in 2012 based on findings in the NCMM’s 2012 fourth-quarter Middle Market Indicator.... Read Story
January 24, 2013, 07:42 AM


PwC US’s Private Company Trendsetter Barometer survey found that in the fourth quarter of 2012, privately held businesses selling internationally, especially those in emerging markets, forecast higher growth rates than private companies that sell... Read Story
January 23, 2013, 07:29 AM


According to the most recent data released by Sageworks, privately held companies have improved two financial metrics that are often indicators of default risk, which suggests they are better positioned to borrow than at any point in the last few... Read Story
January 16, 2013, 07:20 AM


Small business loan approval rates at big banks ($10B+ in assets) in December 2012 increased to 14.9%, a figure representing a 13 percent jump from the previous month of November, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly... Read Story
January 10, 2013, 07:18 AM


A CFO.com article outlines the results of a survey of 86 finance chiefs released by Deloitte.  According to the article, CFOs are tempering their expectations for 2013 capital spending and domestic hiring. The quarterly survey, which tracks the... Read Story
January 10, 2013, 07:15 AM


Small-business owner confidence did not rebound in December, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. While owner optimism crept up 0.5 over November’s historically-low report, the 88 point... Read Story
January 10, 2013, 07:07 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) slipped again in December from 55.2 to 54.9. The most dramatic movement was in sales, which plummeted to 56.7, a low last seen in December 2009 and almost a... Read Story
January 02, 2013, 07:17 AM


Ninety-six percent of 1,000 middle market business leaders questioned in a recent survey say they have strong preferences for the outcome of the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations. The survey, released by the National Center for the Middle Market, was... Read Story
December 24, 2012, 07:39 AM


Weak overall economic growth persisted in the third quarter of 2012, increasing by 2.7 percent, and the sluggish pace characteristic of the current expansion is likely to continue, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity... Read Story
December 21, 2012, 07:30 AM


The uncertainty surrounding the “fiscal cliff” is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many U.S. business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company. In the survey, accounting professionals were asked to... Read Story
December 20, 2012, 06:59 AM


The main obstacle standing in the path of faster U.S. economic growth is a strong headwind blowing in from fiscal restraint, according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."Without fiscal drag, the U.S. economy would be... Read Story
December 14, 2012, 07:33 AM


According to the latest KeyBank Middle Market Business Sentiment survey, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of middle market executives have a fair to poor outlook for the U.S. economy in the next 12 months. Only 16 percent of those surveyed are more... Read Story
December 14, 2012, 07:00 AM


Nearly 70 percent of chief financial officers of U.S. companies believe the U.S. economy will either improve or remain stable during the next six months, according to the 2012 Fall CFO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP. The survey findings reveal that... Read Story
December 13, 2012, 08:00 AM


Reuters reported borrowing by small businesses rose in October, according to the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index, which measures the overall volume of financing to small U.S. companies. The index rose to 107.5 from an upwardly... Read Story
December 03, 2012, 07:25 AM


Major issues still need to be addressed, but presuming the United States gets its fiscal house in some semblance of order, the U.S. economy could be in a transition from sluggish growth to a longer period of moderate growth, according to a new report... Read Story
November 28, 2012, 07:31 AM


A report from GE finds that the combination of networks and machines could add $10- to $15 trillion to the global GDP.  According to the report, the Industrial Revolution radically changed the way we use energy and make things. The Internet... Read Story
November 26, 2012, 07:59 AM


In the third quarter of 2012, against the backdrop of continuing economic uncertainty and the looming fiscal cliff, PwC US’s Private Company Trendsetter Barometer survey found that private companies increased their projected revenue growth rate for... Read Story
November 19, 2012, 07:18 AM


According to the Bank of America November 2012 Small Business Owner Report, small business owners want to grow or sustain the level of success they’ve experienced in 2012, in the year ahead. They are optimistic about revenue and hiring expectations... Read Story
November 16, 2012, 07:00 AM


Despite continued uncertainty about the prospects of both the U.S. and global economies, the majority of U.S. industrial manufacturers remain positive regarding the overall revenue outlook for the next 12 months, according to the Q3 2012... Read Story
October 26, 2012, 07:16 AM


U.S. businesses are facing a crisis of confidence in the country’s economy during the next year, with optimism falling to 19 percent in the third quarter compared to 50 percent the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Grant Thornton... Read Story
October 24, 2012, 06:28 AM


PayNet, a firm that provides risk management tools to the commercial credit industry shows moderate loan delinquencies stand at 1.40% now while they bottomed at 1.60% in 2006 during the last expansionary cycle. Furthermore, AbsolutePD®, a leading... Read Story
October 22, 2012, 06:45 AM


According to the third quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, it appears that there are two different lending markets – one for larger and healthier companies and one for smaller and less-healthy companies.“It seems as the... Read Story
October 19, 2012, 06:52 AM


TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank, released a special report crediting the revival of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a key driver in the economic recovery, largely due to a slowdown in offshoring activity.  This slowdown has kept in the U.S.... Read Story
October 16, 2012, 07:31 AM


In the Bank of America Fall Update to the 2012 CFO Outlook, CFOs weigh in on the economy, priorities and prospects for growth.  According to the report, never before has so much weighed on the minds of corporate finance chiefs—from the changing... Read Story
October 12, 2012, 07:34 AM


U.S. chief financial officers (CFOs) of middle-market companies surveyed this summer remain generally positive about the state of their own industries and continue to see measured growth over the next three years, according to the latest GE Capital... Read Story
September 28, 2012, 07:00 AM


While economic uncertainty at the national level is a top concern among middle market executives, many still believe that their companies are on solid ground. More than half (53%) say that their companies are stronger today than before the Great... Read Story
September 27, 2012, 08:31 AM


A survey of U.S. chief executives shows a sharp drop in the number of large companies that plan to add jobs or hire more workers. The Business Roundtable said Wednesday that only 29 percent of its member CEOs plan to increase hiring over the next six... Read Story
September 27, 2012, 07:32 AM


Confidence in economic growth declined sharply in the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch CFO Outlook survey, with U.S. financial executives expressing concerns about several potential impacts on the nation’s economy. Only 36 percent of financial... Read Story
September 26, 2012, 07:58 AM


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced the results of a nationwide survey of small businesses and manufacturers. The results cast a harsh light on the state of the U.S.... Read Story
September 26, 2012, 07:14 AM


U.S. CFOs are growing more pessimistic about the American economy, with hiring and spending plans significantly weakening since last quarter. Finance chiefs say that their business spending plans are not sensitive to moderate changes in interest... Read Story
September 12, 2012, 07:59 AM


According to the latest "CFO Outlook Survey" conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, Chief Financial Officers are experiencing alarming declines in optimism toward their businesses and... Read Story
August 24, 2012, 07:32 AM


MarketWatch reported that Caterpillar chief executive, Doug Oberhelam said the global economic outlook is more uncertain today than during late 2008, but stated the situation is not as severe, according to a report issued by The Financial Times on... Read Story
August 20, 2012, 07:18 AM


The Federal Reserve's efforts to stimulate the economy continue to be limited by a lack of business and consumer confidence, says National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB's) chief economist in “Your Bottom Line With Bill... Read Story
August 08, 2012, 07:39 AM


Outlook is Positive for Equipment AcquisitionsMore than three-quarters of U.S. middle market executives said their companies will make at least one capital goods acquisition of significant value over the next six to 18 months, according to Vince... Read Story
August 02, 2012, 07:33 AM


According to an article posted on CFO, private-company CFOs surveyed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) said they have enough cash or have even increased their cash this year, but they remain reluctant to deploy it.The... Read Story
June 08, 2012, 08:00 AM


MarketWatch reported that U.S. CEO’s have grown more pessimistic about business conditions than at any time since the 2008 recession began, and most expect little improvement in the U.S. economy in 2012, according to a survey of influential CEOs... Read Story
October 21, 2011, 08:01 AM


Reuters reported that General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt says the U.S. as a nation, is not trying hard enough to win business oversees and this lack of focus is contributing to the U.S. economic slump. As reported, Immelt, top adviser to the Obama... Read Story
October 20, 2011, 08:01 AM