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Find the latest research, polls and information on critical small business trends, including NFIB’s well-known monthly Small Business Economic Trends report.

Small Business Economic Trends, October 2015 »

NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index was was unchanged in October, posting no change after a rise of only 0.2 points in September and a gain of only 0.5 in August.. 

OCTOBER 2015 Report

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The Federal Reserve Elevating Uncertainty for Small Businesses

The Federal Reserve is now deciding whether to “normalize” interest rates, and they should. Starting the process will help ...

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Holly Wade, Director of Research and Policy Analysis
Testified before a Senate Finance Committee on
The Affordable Care Act At Five Years


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Tax Survey

New small business tax study

NFIB's Research Foundation randomly sampled 12,500 NFIB members between mid-November and mid-December, 2012 and asked them about a range of issues concerning the current federal tax code. Here's how small business owners responded about how much taxes impact their ability to operate their businesses.
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