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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB | Businessweek

Date: September 29, 2014

Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon

Oklahoma: NFIB Endorses Lankford | The Okie

Date: September 29, 2014

Maryland: Workers support expanded paid leave, but at what cost? | TribLIVE

Date: September 29, 2014

Tennessee: Troy Brewer gets endorsement from NFIB

Date: September 29, 2014

'Bad Business': Illinois Among Worst States To Do Business | MyStateline.com - Powered by WTVO-TV and WQRF-TV

Date: September 26, 2014

Will the Massachusetts Ballot Questions Be Close?

Date: September 26, 2014

Small business group endorses Cassidy over Landrieu | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: September 25, 2014

In what could be a significant blow to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s re-election campaign, the National Federation of Independent Business on Wednesday endorsed Louisiana's Republican Senate nominee Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Louisiana: Small Business Group Ditches Landrieu Over Obamacare Support | Washington Free Beacon

Date: September 25, 2014

North Carolina: Jeb Bush Knocks Harry Reid While Stumping for Thom Tillis

Date: September 25, 2014

North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis appears with Jeb Bush | UTSanDiego.com

Date: September 25, 2014

PHOTO: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, speaks on behalf of North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis, left, during an event in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. Gregg Thompson, state director of the NFIB is on right.

Coming soon to the workplace: Voter registration drives? | TheHill

Date: September 25, 2014

Business groups are setting aside their differences to collaborate on a national voter registration drive for the midterm elections. Heavyweight groups such as the National Retail Federation, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Associated General Contractors of America and BIPAC are among those seeking to increase engagement in the political process this year.

Business Groups Rally for Voter Registration | POLITICO.com

Date: September 25, 2014

Washington's top business trade associations hosted a Wednesday presser to tout the Employee Voter Registration Week — an effort by companies and trade associations across the country to increase voter registration and electoral participation among private sector employees. Business-Industry Political Action Committee's Gregory S. Casey, National Retail Federation’s David French, the National Federation of Independent Business' Lisa Goeas, National Association of Manufacturers’ Ned Monroe and a representative of the Associated General Contractors of America spoke at the Wednesday morning press conference.

Prominent Economists Discuss Grand Junction Economy | NBC 11

Date: September 25, 2014

Grand Valley Showing Signs of Economic Growth, Says Visa Economist | KREX

Date: September 25, 2014

Prominent experts weigh in on our economy | KJCT 8

Date: September 25, 2014

Texas: Lamar Smith Named Guarian of Small Business | Bandera Courier

Date: September 25, 2014

Maryland: A push for paid family leave, but at what cost? | The Bellingham Herald

Date: September 24, 2014

New York: Business group endorses 3 Staten Island Republicans for re-election | SILive.com

Date: September 25, 2014

Pennsylvania: Baker receives Guardian of Small Business Award | Daily Review

Date: September 25, 2014

Top Business Leaders to Hold Press Conference on Nationwide Employee Voter Registration Drive | Reuters

Date: September 24, 2014

This Wednesday, September 24th, representatives from some of Washington's top business trade associations will hold a press briefing on Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW), which is a joint grassroots effort by companies and trade associations across the country to increase voter registration among private sector employees.

Small business: Why resilient Americans still believe in Main Street | CNBC

Date: September 24, 2014

Few small businesses think now is the time to expand, and hiring was essentially flat for the 11th straight month in August, according to the latest release of the small-business optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business. And even weaker job creation may lie ahead. Despite the uneven recovery following the 2008 financial crisis, resilient Americans still trust small businesses to guide the economy forward. That's according to a survey conducted for CNBC and Burson-Marsteller by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland. The study canvassed some 25,000 people and 1,800 corporate executives in 25 countries about the role of corporations in the economy and broader society.

Arizona: Gubernatorial Forum Highlights | Arizona Public Media

Date: September 24, 2014

California: Business groups lobby Brown to veto subcontractor bill | Sacramento Bee

Date: September 24, 2014

Massachusetts: Hospitals announce support for earned sick time ballot initiative and NFIB responds | masslive.com

Date: September 24, 2014

NFIB Backs Dever as Realtors Go with Kamrass | Cincinnati.com

Date: September 24, 2014

Massachusetts: Sick leave measure divides workers, businesses | The Boston Globe

Date: September 22, 2014

Oregon: On The Campaign Trail With NFIB-endorsed Wehby| OPB

Date: September 22, 2014

Tennessee: Fleischmann, Corker honored | Times Free Press

Date: September 22, 2014

California: Valley lawmakers praised for small business votes | Business Journal

Date: September 22, 2014

Mississippi: Small businesses have their guardians, too -- Palazzo, Nunnelee | The Sun Herald

Date: September 22, 2014

Missouri: Long honored with small business award | KY3.com

Date: September 22, 2014

Oklahoma: OK News quoted President and CEO Dan Danner on the five representatives that earned the Guardian Award in the state. | News OK

Date: September 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: NFIB honors Pitts & Meehan for supporting small business | LancasterOnline

Date: September 22, 2014

Washington: Reichert honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB | Kent Reporter

Date: September 22, 2014

California to Lose 18,000 Jobs in 2015 Due to Hidden Gas Tax | Reuters

Date: September 22, 2014

U.S. consumers finally live a little | Robert Johnson | Morningstar

Date: September 22, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Businesses tracks small-business confidence every month. Small businesses are the largest employers overall, and so this is often a helpful indicator. At 96.1 for August, the index improved from 95.7 in July. The news wasn't uniformly good, though, as only six of the 10 subsectors of the report showed improvement. The healing process continues to be slow, although we are well off the low of 80 for this metric registered in 2009. We are still just over halfway back to the previous reading of 109 in 2006. In a normal recovery this metric tends to run just over 100. A poor housing market, tight credit, and continued dominance of large retailers have all made this a much tougher recovery than most for small businesses. Without more small-business growth, achieving long-term GDP growth of over 3% will prove difficult.

Alabama: Gov. Bentley creates small business commission | Washington Times

Date: September 22, 2014

Say what? A minimum-wage hike finds hope in US heartland || CNBC

Date: September 22, 2014

"It's other people's money - it's easy to spend," said Denny DeWitt, who is leading the fight against the minimum-wage hike in Alaska as state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Texas: Senate Committee Discusses Negative Impact of Affordable Care Act | Time Warner Cable News

Date: September 22, 2014

Will A Minimum-Wage Hike Find Hope in U.S. Heartland? | NYTimes.com

Date: September 22, 2014

"It's other people's money - it's easy to spend," said Denny DeWitt, who is leading the fight against the minimum-wage hike in Alaska as state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Local Small Businesses with have Early Access to Exchanges | Businessweek

Date: September 22, 2014

But widespread take-up of health plans offered through the SHOP exchange is unlikely, said Chris Ferruso, the Ohio spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Businesses. "It's all going to come down to price,'' Ferruso said, noting that most small companies can't afford to spend more than 10-15 percent of their payroll on health care. Monthly premiums for small group plans sold in the SHOP exchange will average $448.55 next year, and range from $348.87 to $537.96, according to the Ohio Department of Insurance. That's simply too rich for many small businesses, Ferruso said, and the tax credits offer only temporary relief because they're set to expire in 2016. "Because of the ratcheting down of the tax incentives, a lot of companies really aren't going to be eligible to enjoy much of if any of that credit," he said. "So I'm not sure if that's going to be enough of a sweetener.''

NFIB's Dunkelberg: 'Small Business Environment Is Not Favorable'

Date: September 22, 2014

"The business environment is not favorable," said William Dunkelberg, NFIB's chief economist Dunkelberg, according to CNBC. "Six months from now, more business owners think things will be worse off than those who think things will be better."

Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner get endorsements - Chicago Tribune

Date: September 22, 2014

New York: St. Lawrence County Assembly, Senate candidates endorsed by national small business group | NorthCountryNow

Date: September 22, 2014

Insurance premiums spiking for small businesses | WPMT FOX43

Date: September 22, 2014

Small business organizations say they’re seeing a huge influx of local farmers who can no longer afford their workers’ health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

More Small Businesses Dropping Coverage | NYTimes.com

Date: September 22, 2014

But critics of the new law still say higher premiums are coming. “I see this as kind of the calm before the storm, really,” said Holly Wade, a senior policy analyst at the National Federation of Independent Business, which has fought the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill and in court. “Because the law’s rollout has been so chaotic, with so many delays and so many extensions, we really haven’t seen the full impact on rate increases.” Ms. Wade pointed to a new government study that predicted sharper growth in health care expenses beginning this year. “Combining that with states eliminating noncompliant plans over the next two years, we’ll start seeing a rapid increase in the cost of health insurance premiums,” she said.

California: Maria Bartiromo interviews NFIB on State's Sick-Leave Laws | Fox Business Network

Date: September 22, 2014

FOX Business interviewed Executive Director John Kabateck and discussed the impact of CA sick-leave laws.

Why Main Street isn't creating jobs | CNBC

Date: September 22, 2014

While a recent small business optimism index ticked up slightly, a look between the lines shows small business woes are emerging and creating a ripple effect on expansion plans and new hires. Rising health-care costs, the minimum wage debate and even more red tape are dampening entrepreneurs' outlook and ability to create jobs.

Groups Ask High Court To Chuck EEOC Conciliation Rule | Law360

Date: September 22, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center and the American Trucking Associations Inc. filed an amicus brief asking the high court to reverse the Seventh Circuit’s judgment...

Minnesota: Minneapolis leaders consider $15-an-hour base wage | Businessweek

Date: September 22, 2014

Minneapolis leaders consider $15-an-hour base wage

EPA needs oversight, not free pass on waterways regulation | The CT Mirror

Date: September 22, 2014

This legislation provides a much needed check to the ever-expanding reach of the EPA and the federal government. Congress wrote the Clean Water Act with an explicit purpose, however the EPA has chosen to act outside of Congressional intent in order to expand the Agency’s power beyond anything the law ever intended. Claiming that the EPA’s power grab is an issue of ensuring clean water is incredibly disingenuous. Small businesses want and need clean water for their businesses. This regulation is attempting to bring such notable “waterways” as farmers’ ponds, seasonal streams and even temporary bodies of water that most would call puddles under EPA jurisdiction.

California: Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to require paid sick leave | LA Times

Date: September 22, 2014

California: DeMaio Answers Chamber-for-Peters Endorsement with Own - Times of San Diego

Date: September 22, 2014

Small business filled with gloomy glums | The Augusta Chronicle

Date: September 22, 2014

Georgia: The Augusta Chronicle referenced NFIB’s endorsement of Gov. Nathan Deal and quoted State Director Kyle Jackson | The Augusta Chronicle

Date: September 22, 2014

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.

U.S. Small Business Confidence Edges Slightly Higher In August: NFIB [Video] - NASDAQ.com

Date: September 10, 2014

According to a survey released on Tuesday, U.S. small business optimism edged slightly higher in August as more owners said they expected business conditions to improve in coming months and planned to increase capital spending. The National Federation of Independent Business said its Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.4 point to 96.1.

NFIB Supports Bill to Stop Regulating Puddles | Social Good News

Date: September 10, 2014

“When Congress gave the EPA authority over US waters it clearly didn’t mean any water, anywhere,” said NFIB Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch. “It meant those waters important for commerce. This legislation is necessary to reinforce those intentions.”