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Georgia: 3 Cobb senators earn 100 percent rating for votes for small businesses | The Marietta Daily Journal

Date: August 29, 2014

Alabama: Birmingham entrepreneur named to NFIB/Alabama Leadership Council | AL.com

Date: August 29, 2014

California: NFIB Urges Public to Speak Up on Upcoming Gas Price Increase | Businessweek

Date: August 29, 2014

Oklahoma: Free Market Friday: Actions speak loudly | The Journal Record

Date: August 29, 2014

Washington: State to offer more health-insurance choices next year | The Seattle Times

Date: August 28, 2014

Illinois: 'Patent trolls' targeted in new Illinois law | Crain's Chicago Business

Date: August 28, 2014

Illinois: Small businesses fear costs of being sued | Quincy Herald-Whig

Date: August 27, 2014

New York: Senator Lee Zeldin Receives “Guardian of Small Business Award” from NFIB | Long Island Exchange

Date: August 27, 2014

Main Street, not Wall Street, Is THE Leading Economic Indicator | Fox Small Business Center

Date: August 27, 2014

For more than 40 years NFIB’s monthly Small Business Optimism Index has been the gold standard for this sector. Alas, since 2007 the Index has recorded an unprecedented cycle of sustained levels below the 40-year optimism average.

Tennessee: Murfreesboro resident endorsed by NFIB | Murfreesboro News and Radio

Date: August 27, 2014

New York: Small business group recognizes Assembly GOP leader Kolb, Cayuga County state rep with 'Guardian Award'

Date: August 27, 2014

Portfolio: Why that car dealer keeps calling - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Date: August 27, 2014

The Fed’s index uses 19 indicators that run the gamut from the Department of Labor’s monthly unemployment rate, to private payroll employment reported by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, to hiring plans reported by the National Federation of Independent Business. It promises to offer a much more complete assessment of U.S. jobs.

Small Biz Group Will Hold Politicians Accountable to Main Street | Profit Minded - Yahoo Small Business Advisor

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business this week announced its “Vote for Main Street” program. The Republican-leaning advocacy group says it is "casting the 2014 elections as a 'referendum' on Washington’s ability to restore trust with the small business community." It has defined 5 small business legislative priorities "that have previously been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but were never passed or considered in the U.S. Senate or signed into law by the President."

Colorado: The Pueblo Chieftain quoted Tony Gagliardi on NFIB’s endorsement of Bob Beauprez for governor.

Date: August 27, 2014

Tax Laws That Negatively Affect Small Businesses | Chron.com

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy group for small-business owners, works with the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition, a group committed to the permanent repeal of the estate tax.

Minnesota: For candidates, campaign season means questionnaire season | MinnPost

Date: August 27, 2014

Florida: Small Business Hiring Barely Up

Date: August 27, 2014

Southwest Florida's unemployment rate has increased as the region transitions to the slower summer season, but the challenges to small business hiring extend beyond this area.

New York: State Sen. Michael Nozzolio discussed his high ranking by NFIB | Ithaca Journal

Date: August 27, 2014

Arrest Records and the Expanding Movement to “Ban the Box” — To the Point — KCRW

Date: August 27, 2014

Attorney Beth Milito of NFIB's Legal Center discusses the downsides to the legislation for small business

Florida groups form pension reform coalition | Florida TaxWatch - Florida Trend

Date: August 27, 2014

Georgia: Wage hikes? Not soon, argues Atlanta Fed | www.ajc.com

Date: August 27, 2014

New York: NY state lawmakers failing small business, NFIB says | Albany Business Review

Date: August 27, 2014

NFIB endorses Ernst | Des Moines Register

Date: August 27, 2014

Indiana: Panel studies whether to regulate deer preserves - TheIndyChannel.com

Date: August 27, 2014

Mandel Explains Tax Reform Bill to NFIB Youngstown | Business Journal Daily

Date: August 27, 2014

Fed is torn over the timing for boosting interest rates - LA Times

Date: August 27, 2014

Employer reports also indicate that they are having increasing problems finding workers. In July, 42% of small business owners reported few or no qualified applicants for openings in the last three months, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

Arizona: Big Endorsement for 4 Arizona Congressmen | Sonoran News

Date: August 27, 2014

What Are Effective Financial Practices? | Chron.com

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business recommends that in addition to consulting with a business adviser or accountant, you conduct research on your own to expand your knowledge base. The more you know about practices relating to cash management, budgeting and forecasting, costing, income and employer tax requirements, and financial reporting, the better position you’ll be in to ensure financial practices are effective and your business is protected from fraud, employee theft or abuse of business resources.

New York State Director for NFIB Mike Durant on Time Warner Cable News

Date: August 27, 2014

NFIB to roll out seven-figure fall plan this morning | POLITICO.com

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business is unveiling a seven-figure "Vote for Main Street" political campaign focusing on the midterms. The effort includes a nationwide voter registration and get-out-the-vote effort aimed at its 350,000 members and their millions of employees. A paid media program will support small-business "certified" candidates. NFIB CEO Dan Danner will lay out the criteria for endorsements in congressional races during a mid-morning call with reporters. The NFIB will formally endorse Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in the afternoon at a press conference in Ankeny.

Small Businesses Weigh In Against Obamacare, EPA | The Daily Caller

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) announced the launch of its national “Vote for Main Street” campaign on Tuesday, which is designed to promote the legislative priorities of small businesses during the 2014 elections. Through a combination of paid media, voter education and grassroots mobilization efforts, the campaign will seek to secure specific commitments from candidates to support “five common-sense solutions that will help small businesses thrive and create more jobs,” according to a press release put out by the NFIB.

NFIB to give 'small business certified' label to candidates who pass its test on 5 issues, including Obamacare | Washington Business Journal

Date: August 27, 2014

Tired of politicians who say they support small businesses, but then don’t vote that way? So is the National Federation of Independent Business, which has developed a five-part test this election that it will use to certify whether a candidate is really a friend of small business or not. This test pins down congressional candidates on five issues:

Small business group NFIB to spend $2 million on elections | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: August 27, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business plans to spend up to $2 million on favored candidates in the November elections, mostly on paid advertising. The group represents the interests of small businesses in Washington, D.C. NFIB leaders said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday that its members are growing increasingly fed up with lawmakers who purport to advance their interests but then support policies that work against them — or just as bad “do nothing.” “Our 350,000 members are frustrated and they’re mad,” NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said. “Our members are tired of empty promises.”

Alabama: Roby discusses VA problems during Coffee County stops | Dothan Eagle

Date: August 27, 2014

Georgia:Kelley receives perfect voting record score from NFIB | Northwest Georgia News

Date: August 27, 2014

Ohio: NFIB-endorsed Candidate Calls Minimum Wage ‘Great Starter Wage for Many High School Students’ | whotv.com

Date: August 27, 2014

North Carolina: 'Is it safe to hire?' Business owners don't trust recovery | Money - WCTI NewsChannel 12

Date: August 27, 2014

Banks' Small Business Lending Continues to Languish | MoneyNews.com

Date: August 27, 2014

NFIB's (National Federation of Independent Business) small business optimism index rose 0.7 percentage point in July to 95.7, but don't celebrate yet. Eight of the index's 10 components were little changed. And the two that did appreciate solidly— expectations for business conditions and outlook for expansion—are still historically low.

NFIB Unveils 2014 “Vote for Main Street” Political Program | Reuters

Date: August 27, 2014

From costly energy regulations and higher taxes to Obamacare and reckless spending, Main Street is fed up with Washington’s habit of rewarding DC special interests, large corporations and unions at the expense of small businesses back home.

Employer Concerns About Liability Loom As Push for Ban-the-Box Policies Spreads | Bloomberg BNA

Date: August 27, 2014

"All businesses have very legitimate concerns about workplace safety and potential liability for making a bad hire," Beth Milito, senior executive counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business, told Bloomberg BNA July 31. The NFIB has 350,000 members, primarily employers with fewer than 10 employees, she said.

Colorado: State doesn't need a carbon tax says NFIB | Boulder Daily Camera

Date: August 27, 2014

Michigan: Pension tax hikes in Michigan were much ado about nothing | The Detroit News

Date: August 27, 2014

Pennsylvania: Perry talks regulations, health care, with small-business owners | The York Daily Record

Date: August 27, 2014

A lack of certainty from Washington D.C., on health care, taxes and government regulation is keeping U.S. small-business owners from investing in their companies and hiring more workers, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said Wednesday. The York County Republican made his remarks following a meeting with about 50 small-business owners at Bailey Coach's bus maintenance facility in West Manchester Township. The event was organized by the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Pennsylvania: Representative Perry tours bus facility in York during NFIB Small Business Challenge | WPMT FOX43

Date: August 27, 2014

Congressman Scott Perry made a stop in York County on Wednesday as part of the National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Challenge. The congressman toured the Bailey Coach Maintenance Facility in York before listening to over a dozen small business owners voice their concerns. One major concern is about the Affordable Healthcare Act and the delay in shop exchanges which is the portion of the Healthcare Act that helps small businesses offer affordable coverage to their employees.

VISA HOLDS ‘CHIP & PIN’ BRIEFING FOR SMALL BIZ - Politico

Date: August 25, 2014

Visa Inc. staff will conduct a closed-door nuts-and-bolts briefing today on EMV chips, the security technology coming next year to U.S. payment cards and terminals, for the National Federation of Independent Business — a small business advocacy group. The technology is already being rolled out, and smaller retailers have been most concerned about the transition. EMV technology allows retail stores and other merchants to validate a credit or other payment card with a PIN number. Because the number is stored encrypted on the card itself, hackers who steal payment card data from big retail or other chains won’t be able to use it to make fake duplicate cards. EMV technology will also help make possible so-called “dynamic data” transactions — where the data stored is valid only for that one transaction, again handicapping hackers. In October 2015, payment card industry standards will make merchants or issuers who have not adopted the new technology financially liable for breaches. The Payments Security Task Force, a working group of all the major card issuers said yesterday that they will have issued more than 575 million chip-enabled payment cards by the end of 2015.

Texas: Business Sees Pros of Lieutenant Governor Candidates | The Texas Tribune

Date: August 25, 2014

Will Newton, executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, which will endorse a candidate in September, said “there’s no telling” whom the organization would select because both Patrick and Van de Putte have worked on legislation for the group.

Oklahoma: Business federation announces endorsement of Fallin | Tulsa World

Date: August 25, 2014

Moody’s Analytics August U.S. Macro Outlook: Economic Growth Back in Stride | Reuters

Date: August 25, 2014

The report notes that the private economy has also been growing, at close to 3% per year, throughout much of the recovery. Employers are adding well over 200,000 jobs per month and growth is spreading across nearly all industries, regions and pay scales. Small business confidence has also largely recovered from the recession, according to data from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) as well as Moody’s Analytics’ survey of business sentiment.

Kentucky: Small Biz Optimism Up, Kinda | WABE 90.1 FM

Date: August 25, 2014

City-Run Gas Station Makes Waves In Southeastern Kentucky | WAMC

Date: August 25, 2014

Massachusetts: Boston Business Journal quoted NFIB State Director Bill Vernon on paid sick leave

Date: August 25, 2014

Should Criminal History Be Required on Job Applications?

Date: August 25, 2014

Growing 'Ban the Box' Movement Impacts Hiring Practices One group opposed to the proposed Ban the Box legislation is the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). In Louisiana, the NFIB led efforts to kill Ban-the-Box legislation that would have prohibited employers from asking about someone's criminal history on the initial job application. "We believe this would be a burden of added expense and time to employers when trying to hire as well as open them up to potential liability," NFIB/Louisiana State Director Dawn Starns told the House and Government Affairs Committee, in May.

Minnesota cafe shows customers the cost of minimum wage hike, Internet gets mad « Watchdog.org

Date: August 25, 2014

“He’s just trying to teach people a lesson in market forces,” said Mike Hickey, state director of the Minnesota chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses and opposed the minimum-wage hike.

Ohio: Workers’ comp bureau proposes $1B in rebates | Toledo Blade

Date: August 27, 2014

Fresh data shows U.S. jobs market tightening | Reuters

Date: August 25, 2014

Dallas Fed analyst Alan Armen, in a research articled dated Friday, forecast a half-percentage-point rise in wage growth, citing a survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses showing small businesses increasingly planning to raise pay in the coming year. An NFIB survey released on Tuesday showed its compensation gauge held at a six-year high in July.

U.S. Small Business Sentiment Rises in July: NFIB | NYTimes.com

Date: August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON — U.S. small business sentiment rose in July, in a boost to the economic outlook at the start of the third quarter. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 0.7 point to 95.7 last month. The NFIB index is a leading indicator for the economy and last month's rise followed a decline in June. The survey added to employment, manufacturing and services sector data in suggesting momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.

U.S. small business sentiment rises in July - NFIB | MSN Money

Date: August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. small business sentiment rose in July, in a boost to the economic outlook at the start of the third quarter. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 0.7 point to 95.7 last month. The NFIB index is a leading indicator for the economy and last month's rise followed a decline in June. The survey added to employment, manufacturing and services sector data in suggesting momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.

Small Business Optimism Ticks Higher in July | Fox Business

Date: August 25, 2014

U.S. small business sentiment rose in July, in a boost to the economic outlook at the start of the third quarter. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index increased by 0.7 point to 95.7 last month.

Everything Small Businesses Are Telling Us Points To Higher Wages

Date: August 25, 2014

Despite an unemployment rate that remains high at 6.2%, good labor in America is in short supply. This is the message of the NFIB's July small business optimism survey. Forty-two percent of respondents say there are "few or no qualified applicants" for jobs. This number has been trending higher since 2009.

U.S. July Small Business Optimism Index: Summary | Businessweek

Date: August 25, 2014

U.S. small business optimism increased in July, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The organization’s monthly small business optimism index rose to 95.7 last month, compared to 95.0 in June.