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Small Business Economic Trends, August 2015 »

On par with the less than impressive summer optimism readings, NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index gained 0.5 points last month reaching 95.9 as five of the components posted gains, three fell and two remained unchanged. 

AUGUST 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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