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The NFIB Optimism Index rose 3.8 points to 104.0 in September, a historically high reading. Nine of the 10 Index components improved and one declined. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased 2 points to 92, up from 75 in April.“As parts of the country... Read Story
October 20, 2020, 07:22 AM


NFIB’s Research Center released the latest survey relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the small business economy. The majority of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers have used all of their loans and are preparing to apply for... Read Story
October 12, 2020, 07:15 AM


The small business labor market continues to make improvements in September despite continued state and federal employment regulations related to COVID-19. According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 10 percent of owners reported increasing employment... Read Story
October 05, 2020, 07:20 AM


The NFIB Optimism Index increased 1.4 points in August to 100.2, a reading slightly above the historical 46-year average. Seven of the 10 Index components improved, two declined and one was unchanged. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased two points... Read Story
September 15, 2020, 07:15 AM


The NFIB Research Center released a Small Business Economic Trends Industry-specific survey highlighting the construction, manufacturing, retail and services industries. NFIB released a previous quarterly report in May 2020.“Small businesses are... Read Story
September 08, 2020, 07:10 AM


Many top concerns, including the cost of health insurance, labor and taxes, remain constant despite economic conditions, according to the 2020 NFIB Problems and Priorities Survey. The data, collected just prior to the COVID-19 health and economic... Read Story
August 27, 2020, 07:15 AM


NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.8 points to 98.8 in July, near the survey’s historical average. Overall, 4 of the 10 Index components improved, 5 declined, and 1 was unchanged. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased 7 points to 88. Reports... Read Story
August 11, 2020, 07:14 AM


According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, over half (51 percent) of small business owners reported hiring or trying to hire in July. Forty-four percent (86 percent of those hiring or trying to hire) reported few or no qualified applicants for the... Read Story
August 07, 2020, 07:15 AM


The NFIB Research Center released a survey on the state of small business and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The PPP loan application is set to close on Aug. 8 after Congress extended the deadline to allow more small business owners to... Read Story
August 03, 2020, 07:25 AM


The Small Business Optimism Index increased 6.2 points in June to 100.6 with eight of the 10 components improving and two declining. Owners anticipate improving sales as the economy continues to re-open with sales expectations rebounding to a net 13... Read Story
July 20, 2020, 07:20 AM


The NFIB Research Center released a survey updating the state of small business and financial assistance programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL).“Small businesses have been using... Read Story
July 13, 2020, 07:15 AM


The NFIB Research Center released its monthly jobs report, showing the small business labor market has further weakened in June. Firms reduced employment by 0.28 workers per firm over the past month, weaker than the decrease of 0.17 workers per firm... Read Story
July 07, 2020, 07:00 AM


The NFIB Research Center released a survey with an update on the state of small business and the progress with federal loan programs. Twenty-seven percent of owners reported experiencing a significant or moderate increase in sales due to eased... Read Story
June 26, 2020, 07:26 AM


The Small Business Optimism Index increased 3.5 points in May to 94.4, a strong improvement from April’s 90.9 reading. Eight of the 10 Index components improved in May and two declined. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased seven points to 82. Reports... Read Story
June 12, 2020, 07:00 AM


The NFIB Research Center released a survey on the status of the small business loan programs. Among NFIB members, 80 percent applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and almost 90 percent have received the loan. Most of the loans were... Read Story
May 22, 2020, 07:14 AM


The NFIB Research Center released the following data on the small business loan programs: The severity of economic disruptions in the small business sector is quickly increasing the immediate demand for financial assistance among small business... Read Story
April 14, 2020, 07:00 AM


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell 8.1 points in March to 96.4, the largest monthly decline in the survey’s history. Nine of the 10 Index components declined, which is evidence that economic disruptions are escalating on Main Street as small... Read Story
April 13, 2020, 07:15 AM


The NFIB Research Center’s new survey on the current impact of the coronavirus outbreak on small business found that while most small businesses are not currently impacted, owners are concerned about future disruptions if the outbreak continues to... Read Story
March 17, 2020, 07:18 AM


The NFIB small business Optimism Index started the New Year in the top 10 percent of all readings in the 46-year history of the survey, rising 1.6 points to 104.3 in the month of January. Six of the 10 Index components improved, two declined and two... Read Story
February 14, 2020, 07:05 AM


Small business optimism posted the largest month-over-month gain since May 2018, rising 2.3 points to 104.7 in November. The exceptional Optimism Index reading was bolstered by seven of the 10 Index components advancing, led by a 10-point improvement... Read Story
December 12, 2019, 07:13 AM


A record percentage of small business owners reported having difficulties finding qualified workers in August, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report.Twenty-seven percent ranked finding qualified workers as their No. 1 business problem, the report... Read Story
September 09, 2019, 07:00 AM


As trade continues to be a focus in the current policy debate, 37 percent of small business owners are reporting negative impacts of recent trade policy changes with Mexico, Canada, or China. The newly released data comes from the NFIB Research... Read Story
March 01, 2019, 07:30 AM


Small business optimism posted a modest decline in November with a reading of 104.8, while continuing its exceptionally strong two-year trend, according to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index. Slightly more than half of the decline was... Read Story
December 18, 2018, 07:00 AM


The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index soared to 108.8 in August, a new record in the survey’s 45-year history, topping the July 1983 highwater mark of 108. The record-breaking figure is driven by small business owners executing on the plans they’ve... Read Story
September 13, 2018, 07:00 AM


Small business plans to create new jobs and job openings hit a 45-year high in August, but owners still struggled to fill their open positions, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. After posting significant gains in filling open positions in July... Read Story
September 10, 2018, 06:19 AM


The Small Business Optimism Index posted its sixth-highest reading in survey history for the month of June, at 107.2, down 0.6 from May. Since December 2016, the Index has averaged an unprecedented 105.4, well above the 45-year average of 98 and... Read Story
July 11, 2018, 07:22 AM


Small business owners are continuing to hire and create new jobs at historically high levels, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) monthly Jobs Report. Sixty-three percent of owners reported hiring or trying to hire, up... Read Story
July 09, 2018, 07:10 AM


The Small Business Optimism Index jumped two points to 106.9 in January and set a record with the number of small business owners saying Now Is a Good Time to Expand, according to NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends Survey.“Main Street is roaring,”... Read Story
February 14, 2018, 07:10 AM


Small business job creation plans reached an all-time high in November, shattering the previous record for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) monthly Jobs Report.“We have never seen this kind of intensity around job creation in... Read Story
December 12, 2017, 07:05 AM


The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement on behalf of President and CEO Juanita Duggan in response to the Senate’s passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:“We are pleased to see the Senate pass the Tax Cuts... Read Story
December 04, 2017, 07:17 AM


The Innovative Lending Platform Association (ILPA) and the Coalition for Responsible Business Finance (CRBF) announced they are joining forces and will now operate as the ILPA – the leading trade organization representing a diverse group of online... Read Story
March 06, 2017, 07:10 AM


The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released new research projecting nearly 200,000 more jobs and billions in higher economic productivity if Congress and the President agree to permanently increase the amount that businesses can... Read Story
February 10, 2015, 07:03 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


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


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


Small-business optimism ended the year slightly up from November at 93.9, but below the previous 3 mid-year readings of over 94 and 6 points below the pre-recession average, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB’s)... Read Story
January 17, 2014, 06:59 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 optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0. While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details.... Read Story
September 11, 2013, 06:42 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


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


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 National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.3 in October to 93.1; the slight uptick in the reading did not seem to indicate a dramatic shift in owner sentiment over the course of the month. The survey... Read Story
November 13, 2012, 07:19 AM


September was another month of low expectations and pessimism for the small-business community, with the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index losing 0.1 points and falling to 92.8. The recession-level reading was pulled down by a deterioration in labor... Read Story
October 09, 2012, 07:04 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


In spite of a disappointing jobs report, the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index gained 1.7 points, rising to 92.9, in the month of August. The Index showed some positive signs; employment indicators for the fourth quarter improved substantially, as... Read Story
September 11, 2012, 07:11 AM


Small-business owners prominently rank “Uncertainty Over Economic Conditions” and “Uncertainty Over Government Actions” as their second and fourth most serious problems in the quadrennial National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) report... Read Story
August 23, 2012, 06:45 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


In a disappointing reversal of several months of slow but positive growth, June’s Index of Small Business Optimism dove three points, falling to 91.4. The decline is significant, and relinquished the gains achieved earlier this year. Only one of the... Read Story
July 10, 2012, 07:45 AM


For the first time in 44 months, taxes emerged as the top problem for small businesses in the latest monthly Small Business Economic Trends report published by the National Federation of Independent Business. When asked about the single most... Read Story
June 19, 2012, 07:30 AM


Dropping just a tenth-of-a-point in the month of May, the Nation Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism came in at 94.4. A reading of 94.4 is historically low and consistent with the sub-par performance of GDP and... Read Story
June 12, 2012, 07:40 AM


More small businesses say government regulations are the top problem facing their business. In the May issue of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB’s) Small Business Economic Trends report, 20% of small-business owners said... Read Story
May 29, 2012, 06:30 AM


According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the Index of Small Business Optimism gained 2 points in April, settling at 94.5 after taking a dip in March. The reading is the highest since December 2007, however, April’s gain only... Read Story
May 08, 2012, 06:30 AM


After six months of gains, the Small-Business Optimism Index fell by almost 2 points in March, settling at 92.5. After a promising start to the year, nine of ten index components dropped last month, most notably hiring plans and expected real sales... Read Story
April 12, 2012, 07:30 AM