National Federation of Independent Businesses

  • Economy Watch: Small Business Optimism Still Strong

    Since last November, small business owners have been feeling confident about their prospects, which could lead them to take on more office and industrial space as they expand, according to the National Federation of Independent Business' latest economic trends report.

    National 12 April 2017 16:18
  • Oil Prices, Small Biz Owners

    The Energy Information Agency is predicting lower oil prices next year. Small Business Optimism Index was up in October by 0.8 points.

    National 13 November 2014 15:06
  • SoCal Home Sales, Small Businesses

    Southern California home sales hit a five-year high for September. But small businesses are a little less optimistic in October than they were in September.

    15 October 2014 13:59
  • A Risk-On State of Mind

    By Ken Riggs, President & CEO, RERC: What’s a mind to think? Despite the 1 percent contraction in economic growth in the first quarter of 2014, which the markets have generally sloughed off, the net worth of U.S. citizens has never been higher.

    National 18 June 2014 19:46
  • Retail Sales Eke Out Small April Gain; Household Debt Up in Q1; Small Businesses More Optimistic

    Retail sales barely budged in April compared with March. Outstanding U.S. household debt increased $129 billion from the fourth quarter of 2013. The National Federation of Independent Business’ Small Business Optimism Index rose 1.8 points to a post-recession high of 95.2.

    National 14 May 2014 14:07
  • Retail Sales Eke Out Increase; SoCal Home Sales Drop in December; Small Businesses More Optimistic

    U.S. retail and food services sales were $431.9 billion in December, an increase of 0.2 percent from the previous month and 4.1 percent above the total in December 2012. Southern California home sales fell to a six-year low for the month of December. And the small-business optimism index ended December at 93.9, slightly up from November but below the previous three mid-2013 readings of over 94 and six points below the pre-recession average.

    National 15 January 2014 15:11
  • State, Local Tax Revenues Up; Small Businesses Less Grumpy

    The total state tax collections increased during the second quarter of 2013, as well as local tax revenues. And the small-business optimism index increased slightly in November.

    National 12 December 2013 14:59

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