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Is This Ronald Reagan Speech More Applicable Today Than Ever Before? | TheBlaze.com

Date: December 17, 2014

“Well, wouldn’t it be nice to hear a little more about the forgotten heroes of America — those who create most of our new jobs?” — President Ronald Reagan, National Federation of Independent Business national conference, June 22, 1983

Ernst hires Lisa Goeas as her chief of staff | Des Moines Register

Date: December 17, 2014

Ernst said: "Lisa Goeas brings a strong record of both public and private sector experience on Capitol Hill and serving small businesses. Lisa's leadership and unique experience will help ensure that Iowa's priorities and interests are not only represented, but advanced from day one in Washington."

Bill to Curb Local Government Meddling Dies in House [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

Date: December 17, 2014

NFIB's Charlie Owens, in a piece about a bill prohibiting local governments from making tax breaks or subsidies conditional on the business’ wage, benefit and hiring policies, explains “Due to important tax, regulatory and labor reforms, we have gone a long way in transforming the image of our state from the way things were during the ‘lost decade.’ But those accomplishments are put in jeopardy when local governments attempt to create their own islands of regulation and micro-management.”

Nicklaus: Illinois enlists employers to solve retirement crisis | StlToday

Date: December 17, 2014

NFIB's Kim Clarke Maisch tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that NFIB/Illinois members don’t like the state’s new mandatory IRA program. “Small business owners rarely like to be told they have to do something,” she said. “We believe this is government intervention in a healthy and robust market when it comes to retirement products.”

Clock ticking on scholarship opportunity for business-minded students | The Swellesley Report

Date: December 17, 2014

NFIB's Chris Carlozzi alerted The Swellesley Report that the deadline for applying for NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarships is Dec. 18.

Small-business and politics: How did Graves do? | AP on NorthJersey.com

Date: December 17, 2014

Kevin Kuhlman spoke to Joyce Rosenberg of the Associated Press about U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ tenure as chairman of the House Small Business Committee. Graves cites as one of his achievements the repeal of a law requiring businesses to report to the IRS sales of goods or services over $600, a regulation that would have sharply increased companies' paperwork. The committee was one of the first to hold a hearing about the law, said Kevin Kuhlman, director of legislative affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business. The story was picked up by newspapers and websites all over the country, including NorthJersey.com.

More millionaires in Dutchess, Ulster; what about small biz? | Poughkeepsie Journal

Date: December 17, 2014

The Poughkeepsie Journal talked to Mike Durant for a story about a jump in the number of millionaires living in Dutchess and Ulster counties. Mike pointed out that the statistic doesn’t change the fact that New York is an expensive state. “Albany has been a lot kinder to big business or Wall Street than Main Street.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "NFIB member Joe Dutra says traveling made him a better businessman" #membermonday

Date: December 17, 2014

Expected Tax Breaks Don’t Go Far Enough for Some Small Firms - WSJ

Date: December 12, 2014

The Wall Street Journal highlights the difficulties that small businesses face with expiring tax provisions – such as small business expensing (Section 179). The higher expensing limit is “the most important provision” within the entire tax package for small firms, says Matt Turkstra, a manager of legislative affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business, a Washington small-business lobby group. “It has had a big impact on the purchasing decision of small-business owners,” he says, adding that many small firms held off on making significant investments, as they waited for lawmakers to act. Among other measures, the lobbying group and other small-business advocates are calling on Congress to make the $500,000 expensing limit permanent.

Illinois enters retirement savings biz, critics question state’s money-managing skills | Watchdog.org

Date: December 12, 2014

“We believe there are currently ample opportunities in the private market to purchase retirement products,” said Kim Maisch, Illinois director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

A message from Rep. Dave HayesWashington State House Republicans

Date: December 12, 2014

The Washington State House Republicans cited an NFIB report on climate change and quoted NFIB’s Patrick Connor in the legislative update.

@NFIB on Twitter: "What do you think about commission-based pay?"

Date: December 12, 2014

Small businesses boosting wages in an improving job market - Small Business - NorthJersey.com

Date: December 11, 2014

A survey this week indicated small businesses are responding to the need to boost wages. A net 15 percent of small-business managers said last month that they would increase wages, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. That's a two-point increase from October and matches data from earlier this year that were the highest since early 2008.

4 Things Every Business Owner Should do to Have a Financially Happy New Year

Date: December 11, 2014

Will 2015 be your year? The economy is slowly gaining speed, and according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ small business optimism index, owners are also becoming slightly more optimistic about the future. But optimism without planning and strategy is just a pipe dream. If you really want to achieve a banner year in 2015, you’ll need to attend to some basic financial aspects of your business. Here are four resolutions you can make to improve your chances of having a financially happy new year.

US job openings rise, hiring remains healthy - San Antonio Express-News

Date: December 11, 2014

Surveys by trade groups and staffing firms also point to solid job gains. Small business owners are much more optimistic about future economic growth, and most expect sales to increase in the coming months, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Small Business Optimism Highest in Nearly 8 Years | Valve Magazine

Date: December 11, 2014

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index gained 2.0 points to 98.1, taking the Index to its highest level since February 2007. The average of the Index from 1974Q4 to 2014 to date is 98, which includes all the Great Recession readings. What didn’t improve were the four “hard” Index components: job creation plans, plans for capital outlays, job openings and inventory investment plans, together adding a negative 1 percentage point to the Index. The entire gain in the Index was accounted for by two components: Expectations for Business Conditions in Six Months and Expectations for Real Sales Volumes, adding a combined 21 percentage points to net favorable responses, perhaps a response to the November election results. 

Staples, Office Depot Shares Rise Before Retail Sales Report - Businessweek

Date: December 11, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business’s gauge climbed to 98.1 in November from 96.1 the prior month. The increase was led by a 16-point surge in the economic outlook for the next six months, which took that reading to its strongest point since November 2010.

Small business and politics: A look at the House Small Business Committee as Graves steps down | Fox Business

Date: December 11, 2014

Graves cites as one of his achievements the repeal of a law requiring businesses to report to the IRS sales of goods or services over $600, a regulation that would have sharply increased companies' paperwork. The committee was one of the first to hold a hearing about the law, says Kevin Kuhlman, director of legislative affairs for the National Federation of Independent Business. Graves also pressured government agencies for more time for companies to comment on regulations like an Environmental Protection Agency rule on waterways, Kuhlman says.

Supreme Court Rules Employers Not Required To Pay Employees For Time Spent In Security Screenings | JDSupra

Date: December 11, 2014

The Ninth Circuit’s decision was a concern for employers in many industries, including retail and manufacturing.  Proskauer assisted with an amicus brief on behalf of several industry groups—the Retail Litigation Center, Inc., United States Chamber of Commerce, Society for Human Resource Management, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, and National Association of Manufacturers urging for the courts to follow existing precedent that clearly delineated between compensable and non-compensable time and that supported Integrity Staffing’s position.

Across Pittsburgh region, small shops big on building personal bond with customers | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Date: December 11, 2014

This was the fifth year for the event, and early statistics indicate a good start for the holiday shopping season. The National Federation of Independent Business worked with American Express on a consumer insights survey. It found that 88 million consumers, about 28 percent of the U.S. population, “shopped small” that day. That number rose 15 percent when compared with 2013. Customers spent $14.3 billion with independent retailers and restaurants, up 2 percent from the year before, according to the survey.

@NFIB on Twitter: "How to start your own craft #brewery"

Date: December 11, 2014

No-Fear Pullback - Charles Payne - Townhall Finance

Date: December 11, 2014

A noteworthy release this morning came from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) which publishes a monthly survey on the sentiment of small business owners. The small business optimism index surged by 2.0 index points in November to a reading of 98.1. This is the highest reading of the recovery, going back to February 2007. The index is suddenly at its historic average of 98.0.

Small business sentiment is back to normal – and that’s worth celebrating - The Washington Post

Date: December 11, 2014

After plunging during the recession and inching its way back the last few years, optimism among the nation’s small business owners has finally rebounded to levels in line with the historical average, according to the latest readings by the National Federation of Independent Business. The index climbed from 96.1 in October to 98.1 in November, well exceeding economists’ forecasts of 96.5.

Washington Business Report – Small Business Saturday Results - Dec. 7, 2014 | WJLA.com

Date: December 11, 2014

NFIB’s Kate Bonner returned to ABC’s Business Report to recap Small Business Saturday – highlighting the 88 million small business shoppers and $14.3 billion in spending with independent retailers and restaurants that took place on Small Business Saturday 2014.

U.S. Supreme Court rules businesses don't have to pay workers for time spent in security screenings - The Business Journals

Date: December 11, 2014

The Business Journals quoted NFIB’s Karen Harned on the decision: "A small business owner should not be forced to choose between having security and compensating employees for going through routine screenings. We thank the Supreme Court for standing up for small business, and stemming the rising costs and operational burdens inherent in this case."

Sick leave discussion takes off in city halls, statehouses across U.S. | Businessweek

Date: December 11, 2014

Paid sick leave is popping up in Pennsylvania, with NFIB’s Neal Lester commenting to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that "For a lot of small business owners, they simply can't afford to offer it."

@NFIB on Twitter: "#SBET Report: Small business optimism perks up in December"

Date: December 11, 2014

Business groups look to reduce tax burden for some | Baltimore Sun

Date: December 11, 2014

The Baltimore Sun reports that small firms hope for tax cuts after the election of new Governor Larry Hogan. NFIB’s Jessica Cooper added, "He's got the will and he's got the voters' support that legislators cannot ignore."

More than 3,800 state workers paid under federal poverty level - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Virginia News And Politics

Date: December 11, 2014

Raising the minimum wage will be a goal of Democrats in Virginia next session – NFIB’s Nicole Riley told the Times Dispatch that raising the minimum wage in the commonwealth would limit the flexibility of small businesses and discourage them from hiring new employees.

Criticisms are unwarranted | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: December 11, 2014

The editorial board of the Columbus Dispatch supports simplifying the state's burdensome municipal-tax system – citing NFIB Ohio in the reasoning.

Should Georgia Explore Medicaid Expansion Alternatives? | WABE 90.1 FM

Date: December 11, 2014

Kyle Jackson heads the National Federation of Independent Business here in Georgia. His organization was part of a lawsuit that challenged Obamacare. He says the Florida plan is better than the federal one, but if a similar plan was proposed here Jackson says, “I think any time you’re relying on the federal government to keep a risky promise like this you’re potentially putting the taxpayers and the small business owners of Georgia on the hook. That being said, it hasn’t been balloted yet, so we wouldn’t have an official position.”

Business growth through diversification | Poughkeepsie Journal

Date: December 11, 2014

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports on small businesses growth through diversifying offerings. NFIB’s Mike Durant provides several tips including: "Simply put, understand your customers, (the) economy and stay ahead and be aware of emerging trends"

The Right View: Collins may not be exciting, but she gets the job done | The Forecaster

Date: December 11, 2014

she has been named “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and in 2010, the New England Council presented Collins with its “New Englander of the Year” award.

Pop-ups expected to bring in $2B this holiday season | Retail Dive

Date: December 11, 2014

In their Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, NFIB and American Express, which sponsors Small Business Saturday, said sales at smaller, local businesses Nov. 29 were $14.3 billion, up from $14 billion last year.

Not so small business Saturday | Central Connecticut Communications: Bristol Press

Date: December 11, 2014

@NFIB on Twitter: "Be sure to read these tips before posting pics on #socialmedia"

Date: December 11, 2014

What small business can expect in the new Congress | Fosters

Date: December 11, 2014

The shift in power in Congress may give small businesses help with taxes and regulations, but there's little expectation that sweeping changes are in store. In fact, more gridlock could be on the way. Party differences dim chances for a big federal income tax overhaul, says Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Businesses reap windfall from cheaper gasoline | USA Today

Date: December 11, 2014

The extra cash is typically more meaningful for small and midsize businesses, which are likely to spend it. "It's a big deal," says Jack Mozloom, spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business. David Manning, president of TCW of Nashville, say

Two Maine lawyers ready for rare turn at U.S. Supreme Court | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Date: December 11, 2014

The case is being closely watched by business groups as the battle over online sales-tax collection continues among tax-hungry states, traditional big-box retailers, consumers and online retailers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business and three other organizations have filed briefs with the court in support of the Direct Marketing Association. The National Council of State Legislatures and National Governors Association filed briefs in support of Colorado.

Locally owned specialty stores open in Thruway | Winston-Salem Journal

Date: December 11, 2014

According to recent research released by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, spending on Small Business Saturday exceeded expectations.

Early Holiday Shopping Numbers Show A Decline Over Last Year | WXXI News

Date: December 11, 2014

It appears more people shopped on Small Business Saturday than last year, but they spent less money. A survey released by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Business says some 88 million people shopped at independent retailers, restaurants and other small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Small Business Saturday Results: Independent Businesses Make Strong Statement to Start the Holiday Shopping Season | GIFT SHOP Magazine

Date: December 11, 2014

From the main streets in towns like Galesburg, Illinois to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, there was strong support for local independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers across the nation made a powerful statement with 88 million consumers “Shopping Small” on the day, up 14.9 percent from just a year ago. This according to the results from the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Create a holiday vacation policy that keeps employees happy & your #smallbiz running smoothly"

Date: December 11, 2014

Fast-food workers fight for $15 hourly wage in Missouri | NBC 25

Date: December 11, 2014

Brad Jones, Missouri director of the National Federation of Independent Business, a trade group, criticized the $15 fast-food wage effort. "They're not looking at your independent pizza guy, your deli on the corner, your little bar and grill," he said. "If these folks have to increase their wages by $5 an hour, it's really going to be detrimental to them." He warned that if restaurants had to pay $15, they would hire far fewer young workers for entry level jobs.

@NFIB on Twitter: "#jobsreport: Job creation inches up. "

Date: December 11, 2014

Business counting down to Obama's exit | TheHill

Date: December 11, 2014

NFIB President Dan Danner voices his members' concerns regarding empty rhetoric out of the White House and demonstrates that business groups are hoping for change…in 2016

Supreme Court weighs special considerations for pregnant workers | PBS

Date: December 11, 2014

NFIB Legal Center director Karen Harned discusses Supreme Court hearing arguments on how to treat pregnant workers and whether or not the Supreme Court is the right branch to be taking up this debate.

Virginia politics: National wave of minimum wage increase proposals heads here | vagazette.com

Date: December 11, 2014

NFIB Virginia state director Nicole Riley explains that increasing the cost of doing business by raising the minimum raise will result in fewer hires.

Small retailers get their day to shine | Times Union

Date: December 11, 2014

In New York, the small business Saturday discussion continues with downtown businesses hoping that patrons have long memories this holiday season. State director Mike Durant explains the long lasting and nationwide impact that raising awareness can have on small business.

If you like your wood stove, you can keep it: Michigan may battle EPA over wood stove rules | Michigan Radio

Date: December 11, 2014

Believe it or not the feds are trying to regulate wood burning stoves, but State director Charlie Owens is taking on the EPA from Michigan. Not only are the regulations almost impossible to comply with, but the technology to adhere to them is nonexistent.

Tax bill advances to facilitate collections in Ohio - Toledo Blade

Date: December 11, 2014

A massive tax bill to streamline municipal tax structure and create uniformity across Ohio has gained traction. After years of advocating for the bill, looks like small business is close to achieving its passage.

@NFIB on Twitter: "Do you have a #petboss? Check out the latest pics and interact with your favorites"

Date: December 11, 2014

High Court Hears Arguments in Agency Authority Case | ENR

Date: December 03, 2014

The Supreme Court heard arguments on the government’s ability to change the rules of the game in the middle of playing it, and without any public input to boot. Karen Harned, Executive Director of NFIB's Small Business Legal Center spells out the massive uncertainty this can lead to for small business.

Local shops buzzing during Small Business Saturday | GM Today

Date: December 03, 2014

More than 126,000 tweets were sent out over the weekend promoting shopping small.

Task force: Paid sick leave good for Philadelphia. But what about small business? | Philly.com

Date: December 03, 2014

Pennsylvania legislative director Neal Lesher explains the impact that hiring 2 people to do the same job can have on small businesses.

Advocates push for Virginia minimum wage increase | Lacrosse Tribune

Date: December 03, 2014

NFIB VA state director Nicole Riley explains precisely what the consequence of a hike will be for small business.

Ohio Insurance mandate amendments draw fire from business groups | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: December 03, 2014

NFIB draws attention to Ohio lawmakers that were poised to sneak in an amendment to a bill that would mandate an increased cost in healthcare.

Big 'Help Wanted' sign at small businesses | Yahoo Small Business Advisor

Date: December 03, 2014

A new survey by intuit, with better than expected results, bodes well for small businesses and their employees. Three more reports about November hiring are expected this week. Payroll company ADP releases its report on hiring by its small business customers on Wednesday, followed by the NFIB survey of its members. The Labor Department's report is due Friday.

Food Trucks Get Early Christmas Gift With Low Gas Prices | Mobile Cuisine

Date: December 03, 2014

With energy costs being among the top three expenses for about a third of small businesses, the food truck industry is eating up the savings they’re finding with lower gas prices.

@NFIB on Twitter: "What was your biggest business mistake & how did you turn it around?"

Date: December 11, 2014

 



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