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Date: April 11, 2014

FROM TRADE ASSOCIATION SPOKESPERSON TO MEMBER: Top National Federation of Independent Business spokeswoman Jean Card will soon be an NFIB member when she opens Jean Card Ink next week. The former cabinet-level speechwriter's small business will specialize in writing op eds and speeches for clients.

The New York Times quoted Manager of Legislative Affairs, Kevin Kuhlman, on deductible caps in small-business health plans.

Date: April 11, 2014

Kevin Kuhlman, a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, said the Health and Human Services’ regulation was at best provisional. The regulation is due to be revisited in 2016, and there was no guarantee, he said, that the regulation blocking the deductible caps would remain. “This is a significant limiting factor on deductible flexibility in the future,” he said. “There are very few ways to mitigate premium increases because of all the new requirements in the law.”

The Huffington Post used NFIB data to explain why taxes are especially hard for new small-business owners

Date: April 11, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business releases a monthly survey of small business owner concerns, and of these monthly concerns, taxes always rank high on the list.

Louisiana: State Director Dawn Starns was quoted regarding LA House committee rejecting bills that would raise the state minimum wage.

Date: April 11, 2014

Small Businesses: Washington Is Floundering, Economy Following Suit | Wall Street CheatSheet

Date: April 10, 2014

Despite an economy that is sluggish at best, small businesses across the nation felt more optimistic last month. However, they are still cautious when it comes to increasing employment or making capital outlays, as government policies remain as a major hurdle.

Small Biz Confidence in March Recovered Some of Its Feb. Decline | Shopfloor

Date: April 10, 2014

Despite the higher headline figure, the underlying data were largely mixed.

Small-business optimism rebounds as winter ends, survey finds - latimes.com

Date: April 10, 2014

The confidence index from the National Federation of Independent Business rose to 93.4 in March, from 91.4 the previous month. The measure is one of the few monthly barometers of the small-business sector, which is a key driver of the economy.

Small Business Optimism Rebounds in March | Fox Business

Date: April 10, 2014

"In solid recovery periods, the index would be above 100," the report said.

Chart of the Day: Small businesses more optimistic

Date: April 10, 2014

"Overall, the March gain more or less reversed the February decline," NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg said in a statement. "While the Index still can't seem to get above 95, we can be encouraged that the economy is at least crawling forward and not heading in reverse."

Wall Street Journal: State Director, Jessica Cooper, was quoted on the minimum wage in Maryland.

Date: April 10, 2014

"We will now have the highest minimum wage in the entire mid-Atlantic region, which will further make us the most hostile state for small business among our neighboring states," said Jessica Cooper, state director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

California: Karl Rove gave his assessment of the 2014 gubernatorial election during a keynote address to about 90 people at a meeting of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Leadership Trust” dinner in Sacramento.

Date: April 10, 2014

Wisconsin: Small-business expo April 30 feature's NFIB's healthcare expert Kevin Kuhlman

Date: April 10, 2014

Kentucky: State Director, Tom Underwood, was quoted on the possibility of the local governments’ ability to impose a 1 percent sales tax.

Date: April 10, 2014

Ohio: NFIB was mentioned in an article about the Ohio Senate committee considering a bill that could strip the city of the authority to create Joint Economic Development Zones with other local governments.

Date: April 10, 2014

NFIB’s upcoming SBET report was mentioned in ICN Financial Markets.

Date: April 07, 2014

US reports scheduled for release this week include consumer credit, on Monday; the NFIB small business optimism index, on Tuesday; wholes sale trade, on Wednesday; weekly jobless claims, as well as import and export prices, on Thursday; and the producer price index, and consumer sentiment, on Friday.

Illinois: NFIB State Director Kim Clarke Maisch, Illinois State Director, was quoted on the ‘millionaire tax.

Date: April 07, 2014

Shumlin breaks word on minimum wage  : Times Argus Online Op-Ed by Shawn Shoudice

Date: April 07, 2014

Arizona: NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan is mentioned in an article on property tax in AZ.

Date: April 07, 2014

New York: State Director, Mike Durant, discussed tax reforms in NY

Date: April 07, 2014

The Hill quoted NFIB legislative director Kevin Kuhlman on the employer mandate.

Date: April 04, 2014

"It is encouraging and heartening that proponents of the law … are saying that there has to be some relief for small business under the mandate,” said Kevin Kuhlman, manager of legislative affairs at the National Federation of Independent Business. "It seems like folks are coalescing around the idea that the mandate is not necessary to move the administration's objectives forward."

Bernie Marcus: ObamaCare's Hidden Hit On Businesses - WSJ.com

Date: April 04, 2014

“the National Federation of Independent Business projects the health-insurance tax will add an additional $475 per year for the average individually purchased family policy—nearly $5,000 over the course of a decade. Small businesses will take an even bigger hit, with the cost of an employer-provided family policy rising a projected $6,800 in the next decade.”

Vermont: State Director, Shawn Shouldice, discussed the minimum wage in an op-ed.

Date: April 04, 2014

Connecticut: Andrew Markowski was quoted on the minimum wage increase.

Date: April 04, 2014

March Hiring Data Shows a Spring Thaw - NYTimes.com

Date: April 03, 2014

“The National Federation of Independent Business said small-business employment increased by an average of 0.18 workers per business, up from 0.11 in February.”

Small-Business Owners Worry About Overtime for Managers: Small Businesses Foresee Moral Hazard as Well as Higher Costs - WSJ.com

Date: April 03, 2014

“The National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying group, says it intends to fight an extension to overtime eligibility. "We feel this plan is another antibusiness policy," said Eric Reller, an NFIB spokesman.”

NFIB Michigan State Director Charles Owens: Reinstate the 40-hour work week - Politics Blog - The Detroit News

Date: April 03, 2014

Why Democrats need a stellar jobs report Friday - Yahoo Finance

Date: April 03, 2014

Yahoo Finance referenced NFIB and the SBET.

The Business Journal referenced the SBET and quoted Bill Dunkelberg.

Date: April 03, 2014

California: In an op-ed published by Fox and Hounds John Kabateck discussed anti-small business bills and initiatives that affect job creators.

Date: April 03, 2014

A minimum wage hike will hurt those it's supposed to help: NFIB PA Director Kevin Shivers | PennLive.com

Date: April 03, 2014

Florida: Chief Economist, Bill Dunkelberg, was quoted on the spending bill and economic decisions for small business owners.

Date: April 03, 2014

Wisconsin: State Director Bill Smith was quoted in an article on legislation that will protect small businesses from unnecessary lawsuits.

Date: April 03, 2014

Pennsylvania: State Communications Director Suzanne Stoltenberg and Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia) discussed the impact of increasing the minimum wage on PA jobs and the economy.

Date: April 03, 2014

California: The Sacramento Business Journal quoted Legislative Director Ken DeVore on state contracts.

Date: April 03, 2014

Illinois: In the Austin Weekly State Director Kim Clarke Maisch said a hike would hurt the state's economy.

Date: April 03, 2014

Bloomberg BusinessWeek highlighted NFIB’s SBET report.

Date: April 03, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index also proved to be on the wane. It fell 2.7 points to 91.4.

Watchdog.org quoted Jean Card on an American Federation of Government Employees pr campaign video where it is stated that federal employees help keep small businesses open.

Date: April 03, 2014

Jean Card, spokeswoman for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, said the pronouncement made her laugh out loud. “Seriously, what an absurd claim. Small-business owners keep their doors open in spite of government, not because of it,” she said when shown the AFGE video. “This reminds me, sadly, of when the president said, ‘You didn’t build that.’ Sometimes I wonder if any of these folks have ever met a small-business owner.”

Obamacare Abortion Mandate on the Ropes at Supreme Court

Date: April 03, 2014

“What kind of a constitutional structure do we have if Congress can give an agency the power to grant or not grant a religious exemption based on what the agency determined?” Kennedy asked.

Pennsylvania: Politics PA cited a NFIB study on the minimum wage and quoted Kevin Shivers.

Date: April 03, 2014

Massachusetts: Berkshire Eagle highlighted NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Awards

Date: April 03, 2014

Maine: David Clough responded to the “Give America A Raise” tour with WLBZ.

Date: March 25, 2014

Nashville Public Radio | Tennessee Now Has The Country's Largest Share Of Minimum Wage Workers

Date: March 25, 2014

New York: The Auburn Pub quoted NFIB Director Mike Durant on the Gov’s budget

Date: March 25, 2014

Forbes highlighted NFIB in a posting about employee benefits.

Date: March 24, 2014

The National Federation Of Independent Business provides a brainstorming list for creative perks that includes ideas like club membership dues, free festival and theater tickets, providing travel for spouses on company business trips, and bonus vacation time

Georgia: Augusta-area small employers wary of proposed minimum wage increase | The Augusta Chronicle

Date: March 24, 2014

NFIB Chief Economist's Senate Testimony: Representing the Middle Class

Date: March 24, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business, an organization representing the interests of about 350,000 member small businesses across the country, was invited to share its perspective on this issue. Starting and operating a business has always been viewed as a path to a comfortable and rewarding life. There are about 6 million employer firms in the U.S., 90 percent with fewer than 20 employees.

Maryland: The Gazette quoted NFIB Director Jessica Cooper on MD’s House od Delegates passing a bill to help reduce regulations.

Date: March 24, 2014

Minnesota Legislature inches toward tax cuts | West Central Tribune

Date: March 24, 2014

Illinois: Kim Clarke Maisch discussed a minimum wage increase with The Herald.

Date: March 24, 2014

Texas: The Austin Statesman highlighted NFIB’s recent SBET report.

Date: March 24, 2014

Inc.com mentioned NFIB in a column about paid sick leave.

Date: March 24, 2014

And the National Federation of Independent Business says when you add government-mandated sick leave to the minimum wage increases that are happening in some states, it equals rising labor costs for small businesses.

Missouri: Leadership Council Member, Nancy Good, had an op-ed published by Springfield News Leader. It focused on federal regulatory reform.

Date: March 24, 2014

Iowa: The Des Moines Register highlighted NFIB’s Senate Candidate Forum.

Date: March 24, 2014

West Virginia: The West Virginia Record featured NFIB in a column about small business concerns.

Date: March 24, 2014

Iowa - Obradovich: GOP Senate candidates predict how Braley will attack them in forum sponsored by NFIB | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com

Date: March 24, 2014

Florida: Sarasota Magazine quoted Bill Dunkelberg on NFIB’s recent SBET report.

Date: March 24, 2014

Florida: NFIB Director Bill Herrle on legislation that would make pregnancy a protected status under Florida's civil rights laws to The Ledger.

Date: March 24, 2014

Virginia: Watch Dog VA featured NFIB Director Nicole Riley in an article about Medicaid expansion.

Date: March 24, 2014

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Date: March 24, 2014

Tennessee: Stock Nod quoted NFIB on the Supreme Court of Tennessee ruling that a case involving a Walmart customer hitting another in a parking lot may proceed.

Crain’s Business New York highlighted NFIB in a column about small business loans.

Date: March 24, 2014

The average rate paid by small-business borrowers for short-term bank loans is just 5.6%, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.