Tag Archives: NFIB Small Business Optimism Index


Small Business Earnings Trending Down, Capital Spending Remains Weak
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According to some recent studies, it appears U.S. small businesses are still struggling where it counts years after the Great Recession officially came to an end. Sales generation continues to be a challenge. According to the Wells Fargo Business Insights Survey, almost half of all small businesses claim that in the past 12 months their [...]

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The Top 5 Concerns for Small Business Owners in 2013
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As 2012 comes to a close and the new year looms ahead, small business owners have a got a lot on their minds, and it isn’t just their holiday sales. According to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report put out last Thursday, the majority of the nation’s small business owners are wary about [...]

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Small Businesses Being Caught in A War of Attrition?

A few days ago, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released their monthly Small Business Optimism Survey, and it ain’t pretty. Not only has optimism among small business owners taken a nose dive, but growth-building activities such as hiring, making capital outlays, and increasing inventory have seemingly slowed down across the board. For the [...]

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The Key to Main Street Small Business Success: Focus on the Customers Who Count

As countless brick and morter small business owners fish for ways to survive a whirlwind of sluggish sales, creeping inflation, and economic uncertainty, many may be making decisions that are actually hurting their companies.   According to a recent survey conducted by American Express Open, the majority of Americans seem to realize the value of [...]

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Deeper Than the Downgrade: July NFIB Optimism Survey Points to More Fundamental Problems

When it comes to the U.S. economy, sometimes it seems that everyone loves a good scapegoat- especially when the “everyone” is desperately trying to turn a blind eye to some ugly, fundamental problems…   As economic analysts try to make sense out of Wall Street’s recent nose dive, there are so far several suspects in [...]

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Is It Time to Increase Your Prices? 5 Things to Consider

According to recent reports, such as this one from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), many small businesses have finally begun to consider a price hike. It was to be expected as the increased cost of commodities, confirmed inflationary pressures, and year-over-year of sluggish consumer spending have whittled away profit margins at a time [...]

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Five Tips for Finding a Good Bank for Your Small Business

In my last post, I listed 10 notoriously ridiculous fees that many of the big banks are charging these days. If you are a small business owner then choosing the right bank is all the more important. As you make an effort to maintain a healthy cash flow and get financing when you need it, [...]

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It’s Been a Dreary June for the Economy

American poet Nathaniel Parker Willis once opined that June is a “month of leaves and roses, when pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses.” But those who have been following the recent economic reports that have come out this month, or who are experiencing them first hand, may not be feeling so [...]

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Deciphering the Economic Schizophrenia: What Do the Mixed Signals Mean?

A seemingly contradictory line up of recent economic indicators has been drawing a lot of attention as of late, leaving in its wake a population of economists and economic analysts who have suddenly been struck dumbfounded. They are, after all, dealing with an economy that just refuses to stick to their models and predictions.   [...]

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