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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback proclaims Nov. 29 as "Small Business Saturday"

Date: November 26, 2014

House announces “Small Business Weekend 2014” - News - Milford Daily News - Milford, MA

Date: November 26, 2014

Forget Small Business Saturday, now it's a whole weekend! A least in Massachusetts.

Taxpayers lose on over-generous pensions | News-JournalOnline.com

Date: November 26, 2014

Florida executive director Bill Herrle’s piece on pension reform appears this morning in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Election Outcome Brings Little New Hope For Small Business | Forbes

Date: November 26, 2014

Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg tells readers of Forbes Magazine that small business owners aren’t terribly optimistic about the near future despite the election outcome.

NFIB on Twitter: "#infographic: The strengths of #SmallBusinessSaturday: http://t.co/qhDTWMehFP http://t.co/Gy8mgG04D6"

Date: November 26, 2014

Huge impact results when you buy from small businesses | Other Views | NewsObserver.com

Date: November 26, 2014

Owens: Can lawmakers find a fix for Michigan's roads?

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB State Director Charlie Owens explains in a piece this morning published in the Detroit News why Michigan voters, and especially local businesses, oppose an initiative to raise gas taxes in order to fund transportation projects.

Powerful business groups object to roads taxes | WBAY

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB/Wisconsin and a number of other business groups yesterday issued a statement opposing plans by Governor Scott Walker to raise taxes and fees to pay for transportation improvements. The wire story appeared in dozens of outlets statewide.

Wolf Seeks Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law | Philadelphia Magazine

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB executive director Kevin Shivers predicts that Governor-elect Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will have to abandon his campaign promises to impose paid sick leave and a higher minimum wage because neither is likely to pass the Republican Legislature.

Allegheny County will stop asking about employees' criminal history, Fitzgerald says | TribLIVE

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB media director Suzanne Collins addresses a move by Allegany County to eliminate from its employment application the question criminal background. She explains to the Pittsburgh Tribune why local business owners would oppose a wider ban that would encumber them with more administrative burdens and potential legal problems.

Missouri: Shop locally, start that tradition this holiday | Lincoln County Journal

Date: November 26, 2014

The Lincoln County Journal republished a statement by Director Brad Jones on the importance of Small Business Saturday.

What small business can expect in the new Congress | Dallas Morning News

Date: November 26, 2014

In an AP story that ran in multiple outlets, President and CEO Dan Danner predicts that despite a much friendlier Congress next year small business owners don’t expect major tax reforms to make it past the President.

Businesses give Obama's immigration plan a chilly reception | TheHill

Date: November 26, 2014

Media director Jack Mozloom explains local business owners regard President Obama’s immigration gambit as “politically unwise” because it blows up his relationship with the incoming Congress and reduces the chance for real progress on that and other important issues.

Florida Commentary: Taxpayers lose on overly generous pensions | www.palmbeachpost.com

Date: November 26, 2014

FL state director Bill Herrle warns that Florida taxpayers can no longer afford to finance the state pension system, which is larded with unrealistic benefits that most folks in the private sector don’t get.

NAM: Coalition Representing U.S. Economy Calls For Extension Of Temporary Tax Provisions

Date: November 26, 2014

Matt Turkstra, manager of legislative affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), highlighted a number of provisions that are critical for millions of small businesses across the country. "Small business expensing is a popular and effective tax provision that allows small businesses to invest in their business, support the broader economy and streamline their recordkeeping," said Turkstra. "Extending this provision, and hopefully making it permanent, would provide a much needed boost to small businesses that continue to struggle in a subpar economy. Also, the option to deduct state and local sales taxes is important to many NFIB members, and failure to extend this provision will result in a significant tax increase on a lot of unsuspecting taxpayers."

Give Arizona’s Economy a Shot in the Arm on Small Business Saturday | Greater Phoenix In Business Magazine

Date: November 26, 2014

Colorado: Help Main Street on November 29: Give Colorado’s economy a shot in the arm on Small Business Saturday | The Chaffee County Times

Date: November 26, 2014

Kentucky: Shop local on Small Business Saturday | News Democrat Leader

Date: November 26, 2014

Vermont: Your opinions: Shop local, support small businesses | Bennington Banner

Date: November 26, 2014

Small Businesses Ready to Help Drive Holiday Sales as Small Business Saturday Commemorates Fifth Year | Reuters

Date: November 26, 2014

From the coffee shop that serves up the most flavorful espresso to the florist designing beautiful arrangements day after day, small businesses around the country are gearing up for the start of the holiday shopping season with Small Business Saturday. According to the third-annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express, consumer support for independently-owned businesses is increasing. More than three quarters (78%) of shoppers say they will be spending more or the same amount on Small Business Saturday as they did in 2013, providing independent businesses with a welcome boost in holiday sales. “Small Business Saturday has gotten bigger every year and has been a big boost to Main Street America,” said NFIB CEO and President Dan Danner. “Local businesses have been enthusiastic about Small Business Saturday from its inception but what's really encouraging is that more American consumers are

Illinois: New plan on Illinois minimum wage hike: $11 an hour by 2017 | Businessweek

Date: November 26, 2014

Alabama: Governor Robert Bentley Signs Proclamation for Small Business Saturday - Office of the Governor of Alabama

Date: November 26, 2014

California: Pleasanton Celebrates Entrepreneurial Spirit with 'Small Business Saturday' | Pleasanton, CA Patch

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB on Twitter: "#infographic: How can your business benefit from #smallbizsaturday? http://t.co/qhDTWMehFP http://t.co/BmhocyYhEx"

Date: November 26, 2014

New water regs drown small business | Superior Telegram

Date: November 26, 2014

The Clean Water Act, adopted by Congress more than 30 years ago, authorizes the EPA to regulate only navigable U.S. waterways. No administration, Republican or Democrat, in the past four decades has sought to expand the federal government’s regulation of water to include farmers’ ponds, seasonal streams and accumulations of water that form temporarily after heavy rain. This administration, however, is determined to write new rules that would give to the EPA exactly that authority and the consequences could be severe for small business, consumers and the larger economy. As you can imagine, small businesses and local landowners likely don’t have that kind of money. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small-business association, is fighting back. On behalf of our members, we filed our concerns recently with the EPA. The NFIB Small Business Legal Center is closely monitoring the issue as well. And we are working hard to educate the public, jour

Business pleads with Congress to pass tax extenders such as R&D tax credit, bonus depreciation and Section 179 expensing - The Business Journals

Date: November 26, 2014

A similar situation faces small businesses, which enjoyed a strong incentive to invest in new equipment when they could immediately write off up to $500,000 in new equipment through Section 179 expensing. That limit reverted to $25,000 this year. Restoring it to $500,000 is a top priority for the National Federation of Independent Business. Many small businesses are contacting NFIB asking whether the higher Section 179 limit will be restored, said Matt Turkstra, manager of legislative affairs for NFIB. If Congress doesn't act on this in the next few weeks, a year's worth of investment "could be lost," he said. That's because now is when small business owners are "talking to their accountants, evaluating their end-of-year purchasing decisions, and trying to decide what to do with their money," Turkstra said. Not knowing whether the Section 179 expensing limit is going to be $25,000 or $500,000 "is freezing that investment," he said.

Nothing unites corporate America like the extenders — House Republicans to decide Ways and Means chairmanship today? | POLITICO.com

Date: November 26, 2014

Coalition Calls for Tax Extenders in Lame Duck | AgWired

Date: November 26, 2014

The Broad Tax Extenders Coalition today launched a new effort focused on the lame duck session and spearheaded by over 400 nonprofit groups, associations, and coalitions, including the American Farm Bureau Federation. The group urges Congress to work together during this end of the year session to extend, enhance, or make permanent a number of expired and expiring tax provisions crucial to continued economic recovery. During a telephone press conference today, representatives from the diverse coalition spoke on the importance of the tax extenders. Organizations included the National Association of Manufacturers, Feeding America, Marlin Steel Wire Products, Alert GPS and the National Federation of Independent Business.

Business lobby makes push for expired tax breaks | TheHill

Date: November 26, 2014

A group of several hundred business organizations sent a letter Nov. 18 to the House and Senate, urging them to pass an extension or permanent renewal of the expired tax breaks known as extenders before lawmakers leave in mid-December. “Failure to extend these provisions is a tax increase,” the letter said. “It will inject instability and uncertainty into the economy and weaken confidence in the employment marketplace. Acting promptly on this matter in the lame-duck will provide important predictability necessary for economic growth.” Participating groups include the American Wind Energy Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of state and local business organizations. In a conference call announcing the letter, several business owners called for extensions of two of the dozens of expired provisions—tax code Section 179 expensing and the research and development credit—saying that keeping the breaks in place would help them buy

ObamaCare's State of Crisis (And It's Just Not Jonathan Gruber) | Fox Nation

Date: November 26, 2014

n their final push to enact Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi urged her fellow Democrats to “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” They probably should have found out first. Now they need the Supreme Court to “find” once again in their favor. Last week, the Court announced that it will hear King v. Burwell, one of several challenges to the administration’s interpretation of a key Obamacare provision regarding health insurance markets. Unlike the plaintiffs in the Court’s last Obamacare case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012), the King plaintiffs do not claim that the Constitution nullifies Obamacare. Rather, they claim that the Obama administration itself is nullifying one of Obamacare’s key provisions. They ask the Court to require the administration to enforce the act’s plain terms as written—and this, the law’s critics hope, may cause Obamacare to collapse under its own weight.

Texas: On tax cuts, business leaders have mixed message for Texas... | www.mystatesman.com

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB on Twitter: "Put your small business on NFIB's #smallbizsaturday map: https://t.co/BBnHs8lYGz. Deadline to apply is 11/20! http://t.co/7oUTfudZJV"

Date: November 26, 2014

New Year of Open Enrollment Brings Choices, Changes | Roll Call Policy

Date: November 26, 2014

That automatic renewal brings many dangers, including the possibility that federal officials will authorize subsidies for someone who no longer qualifies or whose subsidy should change. Employees whose marketplace coverage is renewed could always cancel it if they have other coverage. In that case, they may face the hassle of getting billed for both a marketplace plan and job-related insurance. “We are definitely on a potential collision course,” said Kevin Kuhlman, legislative affairs manager for the National Federation of Independent Business.

South Florida shops gear up for Small Business Saturday | Sun Sentinel

Date: November 26, 2014

"Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity for local shops and restaurants to not only profit from the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush but to showcase their businesses and find new customers who'll return throughout the year," said Bill Herrle, Florida executive director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Employment News of This Week: Is it Turnaround Time? | NASDAQ.com

Date: November 26, 2014

First, the National Federation of Independent Business, or NFIB, released its October Small Business Optimism Index, and things are looking up. Pushed ahead by capital spending plans and sales expectations, the 10-component index increased 0.7 percentage points to 96.1%, squeaking past analyst expectations.

Entrepreneur paints sad Illinois picture | Watchdog.org

Date: November 26, 2014

How College Can Make You an Entrepreneur | MSN

Date: November 26, 2014

Students should also look into financial assistance available for entrepreneurs. Several organizations, including the National Association for the Self-Employed and the National Federation of Independent Business, offer scholarships that can help student entrepreneurs. Individual schools may also offer scholarships. California State University, San Bernardino, for example, has the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Scholarship Fund, which gives out up to $10,000 in scholarships a year to both undergraduate and graduate students majoring in entrepreneurship.

Scholarships with December deadlines - San Francisco College admissions | Examiner.com

Date: November 26, 2014

The cost of a college education can be very expensive. This is why students should seek out and apply scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 83 college scholarships and contests with December deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements. Sponsor: National Federation of Independent Business Award: Up to $10,000 Deadline: Dec. 18, 2014 Description: Award is open to graduating high school seniors entering their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute. Applicant must be running his or her own small business.

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Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB on Twitter: "Are you ready for #SmallBizSaturday? Check out our interactive map to see what small businesses are in your area! http://t.co/HGYUHy4nGL"

Date: November 26, 2014

What Small Business Can Expect in the New Congress | Business Briefing on CIO Today

Date: November 26, 2014

Party differences dim chances for a big federal income tax overhaul, says Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business. That would keep many individual business owners in a higher tax bracket than many corporations have. Small business groups have been lobbying for lower tax rates for individual owners. Obama wants corporate tax rates reduced. But there could be more support in Congress for a permanent extension of a deduction that allows small businesses to deduct up-front rather than depreciate the costs of some equipment. The deduction for 2014 is $25,000, but is expected to be increased by Dec. 31; it was $500,000 in 2013.

Urgency grows for Obama’s regs agenda | TheHill

Date: November 26, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business, for instance, is pushing Congress to pass the Flexibility Improvement Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act, legislation that would force agencies to take additional steps consider the consequences of a rule and adopt the most cost-effective approach. "Far too often agencies do cost and benefit calculations and look at all types of benefits, even tertiary effects, but only look at the direct cost of the rule imposed," said NFIB's Regulatory Policy Manager Dan Bosch. "We would like agencies to account for reasonable foreseeable costs." Another pending bill, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, would require both chambers of Congress to sign off on any rules that would cost $100 million or more annually. It’s a tool Narang said Republicans want to be able to block any regulation a faction of the conservative base opposes. “A majority of republicans have clearly not come out and said that we need to rep

Consumers Shift to Big-Ticket Items -- So Is Confidence Finally Back? | MSN

Date: November 26, 2014

A National Federation of Independent Business report released Nov. 11 showed that the number of companies with one or more job openings rose to the highest level since February 2008, up 23.4%. And the number of businesses expecting to increase employment rose to the highest level since May 2008, or 9.4%.

A mixed forecast for small businesses | CBS News

Date: November 26, 2014

Earlier this week, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) noted its Small Business Optimism Index increased modestly last month, when it came to the percentage of small business owners who plan to increase capital spending and who expect higher sales during the next three months. But in a press statement, NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg says that those were "the two bright spots in an otherwise mixed reading. "And he added those small business owners are making capital investments and working to fill job openings "despite that they cannot anticipate a better economy. Basically they're preparing to taxi the runway but they don't expect to take off anytime soon."

So-called carbon 'tax' could pump up California gas prices Jan. 1, group claims | ABC News 10

Date: November 26, 2014

Small business confidence rebounds but with doubts | News Press

Date: November 26, 2014

After a short-lived dip in September, small business optimism rebounded in October as more owners said they have plans to invest to grow their companies and hire more employees, according to a survey released this week by the National Federation of Independent Business.

NFIB on Twitter: "What can #smallbusinesses expect from the new Congress? Find out: http://t.co/jBgJl1VYGo"

Date: November 26, 2014

NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB survey says nearly half of #smallbiz owners think Congress cares more about Wall Street than Main Street: http://t.co/QZBGsWMzKN"

Date: November 26, 2014

The test to textualism in King v. Burwell: A Reply to Abbe Gluck | The Washington Post

Date: November 26, 2014

To understand why this is so problematic, it is worth revisiting the Medicaid portions of the NFIB v. Sebelius oral argument. If there was one thing that concerned the justices more than a potentially coercive use of conditional spending controlled by a clear statutory requirement, it was the prospect of a potentially coercive use of conditional spending controlled by administrative discretion. In the former case, the state has some certainty, and the notion that conditional grants of funds are like contracts is observed. In the latter case, however, all a state can do is cross its fingers and hope the federal government does that which is required to unlock their funds and programmatic flexibility. So however problematic one believes Section 2001 when one believes “established by the State” means established by the State, the alternative reading of this phrase is even worse.

Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA | Infowars

Date: November 26, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Businesses asserted in its official comments to the EPA, “The CWA is unconstitutionally vague because the regulated community cannot readily determine whether a given property is, or is not, a jurisdictional wetland.” The uncertainty helps the Obama shield campaign.

More Business Owners Plan Capital Expenditures | Equipment Finance Advisor

Date: November 26, 2014

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index crept back to its August level of 96.1 with a gain of 0.8 points led by a modest increase in the net percent of owners who plan to increase capital spending and more who expect higher sales in the next 3 months. “Those were the two bright spots in an otherwise mixed reading,” said Bill Dunkelberg, Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  According to the survey, for example, owners are slightly less optimistic about business conditions over the next six months as well as the outlook for expansion.  November’s survey, which will reflect the election outcome, should provide some insight on whether different leadership in Congress has had any effect on small business optimism since 28 percent of owners blame Washington politics for the country’s economic problems.

The Federal Raisin Ripoff -- Will The Court Or Congress Revoke This License To Steal?

Date: November 12, 2014

A powerful amicus brief supported by a host of the usual opponents of governmental overreach and oppression (Cato Institute, National Federation of Independent Business, Institute for Justice, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Reason Foundation and Southeastern Legal Foundation) should easily convince at least four justices (the number necessary for the Court to grant certiorari) that the Ninth Circuit needs yet another reversal.

U.S. small business confidence gains in October: NFIB | Reuters

Date: November 12, 2014

More business owners said their profits were falling, holding back bigger gains in the overall index. Six of the index's 10 components rose in the survey of 1,502 randomly selected small business owners.

Small Business Optimism Ticked Higher in October | Fox Business

Date: November 12, 2014

"Historically, readings this high only occurred in periods of strong growth," NFIB economist William Dunkelberg said of the survey's labor readings.

NFIB Single Most Important Problem November | Business Insider

Date: November 12, 2014

The unemployment rate fell to 5.8% in October — the lowest rate since 2008. But according to the latest small business optimism survey from the National Federation of Independent Business, good labor in America is still in short supply.

Fewer Small Businesses in U.S. Plan to Raise Wages, NFIB Says

Date: November 12, 2014

Fewer U.S. small-business owners said in October that they plan to raise wages in coming months after 19 percent said they recently boosted compensation for their workers. A total of 13 percent of managers said that they anticipate increasing pay, according to the seasonally adjusted net results of 1,502 respondents to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. That’s down two points from September, when 15 percent said they expected higher salaries and 18 percent said they had recently increased pay. The survey by the NFIB, a lobbying group that says it has 350,000 small and independent business owners as members, was a leading indicator of national wage growth until 2012, when the correlation broke down.

U.S. small business confidence gains in October: NFIB - Yahoo Small Business Advisor

Date: November 12, 2014

U.S. small business optimism rose in October as more owners said they planned to invest in their companies and were having a harder time filling job openings, according to a survey released on Tuesday. The National Federation of Independent Business said its Small Business Optimism Index gained 0.8 point to 96.1.

NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index rebounds, but economy doesn't inspire much confidence - Chicago Business Journal

Date: November 12, 2014

Pass the Dramamine: You could get motion sickness tracking the monthly changes in small business confidence this year. In October, an index of small business indicators compiled by the National Federation of Independent Business gained six points to 96.1, climbing back to where it was in August after falling in September. The increase was due to a modest increase in the numbers of small business owners who plan to make capital investments and expect higher sales in the next three months.

Don't 'Ban The Box' Inquiring About Criminal Convictions On Job Applications | Forbes

Date: November 12, 2014

Missing from most “ban the box” conversations is any mention of the administrative burdens for businesses. The administrative headaches likely will be most acute for smaller businesses, which is why The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) opposes the rules. The small business advocacy group recently helped kill a Louisiana ban the box bill.

Amici Brief Asks Supreme Court to Confirm that Property Rights Are Fundamental Rights Deserving Constitutional Protection | Biospace

Date: November 12, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center, Cato Institute, Rutherford Institute and Owners' Counsel of America (OCA) have joined together in filing an amici brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Kentner v. City of Sanibel, No.13-13893 (May 8, 2014) (Supreme Court Docket No. 14-404). In the brief supporting the Plaintiff-landowners, OCA and its fellow amici ask the Supreme Court to confirm that the constitutional guarantee of due process protects private property rights from government confiscation or revocation and to ensure that property owners nationwide are not deprived of "life, liberty or property, without due process of law."

 



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