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NFIB/TX Endorses Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor

State Senator has a record of supporting small business


Ducey Speaks to NFIB Members by Teleconference

Gubernatorial candidate outlines small-business vision for Arizona.


NFIB Stands up For Small Business in Washington

Karen Harned Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center released the following statements in response to the Wa...


LISTEN: NFIB/Georgia Teleforum with Gov. Nathan Deal

Hear what the governor had to say about the issues facing Georgia's small, family businesses.


NFIB Endorses French Hill for 2nd District Congressional Seat

“French Hill is the clear pro-small business candidate in this race.”


Telephone Town Hall With Bob Beauprez, Sept. 24

Talk to the leading candidate for governor without leaving your home or office.


Minimum Wage Increase To Be Announced Shortly

State predicted to boost hourly rate by 1.7 percent after adjusting, as required by law, for changes in the Consumer Price Index.


Small Business Headlines

NFIB: Small Business Optimism Ticked Higher in August | Shopfloor

Date: September 10, 2014

Over a longer time frame, it is clear that small business owners have become more positive over the past six months, with the index at just 91.4 in February. With that said, the underlying data were slightly mixed. On the positive side, the percentage of small business owners with job openings right now increased from 24 percent to 26 percent, continuing an upward trend. Along those lines, the percent planning to make capital expenditures over the next 3 to 6 months rose from 23 percent to 27 percent, its fastest pace since November 2007 (the month before the official start of the recession). On the topic of inflation, pricing pressures have decelerated a bit, with the net percentage of those predicting price increases over the next 3 months declining from 22 percent to 19 percent.

NFIB: Small Business Optimism Ticks Up in August Amid More Uncertainty | Fox Small Business Center

Date: September 10, 2014

NFIB Small Business Optimism Exceeds Forecasts | Seeking Alpha

Date: September 10, 2014

This morning's release of the NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index for August showed a modest increase from July (96.1 from 95.7) and just barely exceeded the consensus forecast of 96.0. What makes August's reading notable is that for just the second time since the last recession, the headline index rose above its average monthly reading since 2000 (96.03). Given that, there is still a lot of room on the upside for this index before we can say small businesses are overly optimistic.

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