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Cautious? Optimistic? How About Both?

It has been a while, so we thought we should check in on the Small Business Optimism Index compiled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The last time we highlighted the index, it showed entrepreneurs’ confidence trending higher overall but slipping somewhat in the fall of 2013. Since that point, entrepreneurs appear to have rallied and are feeling a bit better about their prospects – but that still looks to be more like cautious optimism than a full-fledged celebration.

on August 18, 2014
Category:  General 
Small Business Confidence Slipping
Last week, we mentioned some of the negative impacts of the government shutdown on small business owners and entrepreneurs. The most recent Small Business Optimism Index from the National Federation of Independent Businesses says that while the September figures might be too early to really measure the full impact of the shutdown, the economic outlook is definitely depressed.  [More]
on October 14, 2013
Category:  General 
Small Business Optimism Dips in June

After two consecutive months of increases (April and May), small business owner confidence dropped in June according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The latest Small Business Optimism Index shows a continued see-saw trend that remains mired between the depths of the recession in 2009 and the heights of the economic expansion of 2004-2005.

on July 15, 2013
Category:  General 
Small Biz Owners Optimistic?

As the White House fine tunes its messaging for the upcoming State of the Union Address, small business owners are starting to feel a bit more confident about the economic outlook, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. A commonly used phrase in the NFIB work last year was ‘stubbornly cautious’. However, the new numbers show continued growth in optimism--the December figures were positive for the fourth consecutive month.

on January 23, 2012
Category:  General 
SBA's Mills Elevated to Cabinet-level in Proposed Reorganization

SBA Administrator Karen Mills has been tapped by President Obama to join his Cabinet as part of a larger plan to consolidate the Small Business Administration and several other federal agencies with overlapping responsibilities. The move for Mills is effective immediately, but the reorganization plan requires the backing of Congress.

on January 16, 2012
Category:  Capitol Hill 
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