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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.”

Business Spending Plans Haven't Been This High Since December 2007 | Business Insider India

Date: September 10, 2014

Capital spending is back at pre-recession levels. On Tuesday morning, the NFIB published its latest small business optimism index, which showed that optimism in August rose to 96.1, the second-highest reading since October 2007. The report's internals also had a piece of good news regarding one long-missing piece of the recovery: capital spending.

Apple, data could help stocks shake bad jobs report hangover

Date: September 09, 2014

Jobs Report: Everything You Need to Know | MoneyBeat WSJ

Date: September 09, 2014

“Noise happens, and this looks like noise,” says Pantheon Macroeconomics chief economist Ian Shepherdson. He notes how it’s “impossible to square” today’s 142k Aug jobs gain with leading payrolls indicators seen in the small-business NFIB survey

Alaska: Stunning Health Care Cost Increases | Alaska Business Monthly

Date: September 09, 2014

Florida: SBA to continue webinars on Obamacare basics, NFIB offers guidance | SunCoastNews.com

Date: September 09, 2014

NFIB's "Vote for Main Street" Campaign Going on National Satellite Radio | Morning Score - POLITICO.com

Date: September 05, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is going on national satellite radio today with a pair of ads featuring business owners criticizing regulation and Obamacare.

California: Small firms slow to embrace ACA business exchanges | The Sacramento Bee

Date: September 05, 2014

Delaware: Chase launches Mission Main Street grant program, panel includes NFIB

Date: September 05, 2014

Florida: NFIB Backs Steve Southerland Over Gwen Graham | Sunshine State News

Date: September 05, 2014

Massachusetts: 9th Congressional District GOP candidates tout clout, take aim at Keating ahead of Tuesday primary | Herald News

Date: September 05, 2014

Chase Celebrates Its Support For Small Business With $3 Million Mission Main Street(SM) Grants Program: PR Newswire Business News - MSN Money

Date: September 05, 2014

Panel of judges includes Mark Garzone, Senior Vice President, Marketing, National Federation of Independent Business

Hartford's Capital Plans, NFIB Deal Drives 52-Week High | BeforeItsNews.com

Date: September 05, 2014

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (HIG) scaled a 52-week high of $37.49 following certain positive developments. These comprised the company’s efficient capital management strategies, investment in the property & casualty insurance policy management technology and partnership with The National Federation of Independent Business. Additionally, the company collaborated with NFIB, a renowned name in the small business association space, in June 2014 to provide its members the best-in-class commercial insurance coverage. The collaboration with NFIB will enable The Hartford to reach out to more number of small businesses in the U.S., thereby paving the way for more revenue generation.

Virginia: Comstock, Foust continue main themes at Herndon forum | Loudoun Times

Date: September 05, 2014

NFIB/Arizona Endorses 43 Legislative Candidates for the General Election | Sonoran Alliance

Date: September 05, 2014

Small businesses barely added workers in August according to NIFB | Morningstart

Date: September 05, 2014

Small U.S. businesses are still adding jobs, but at a snail's pace. The National Federation of Independent Business said its employment index was positive in August for the 11th month in a row but just barely.

Small businesses barely added workers in August says NIFB | MarketWatch

Date: September 05, 2014

Small U.S. businesses are still adding jobs, but at a snail's pace. The National Federation of Independent Business said its employment index was positive in August for the 11th month in a row but just barely. Small firms increased employment by an average of 0.02 workers per firm last month. Some 13% of small firms added workers and 9% trimmed employment. Nearly 80% stood pat. Of the firms hiring, 46% said they found few or no qualified applicants. Many companies big and small say they have trouble these days finding qualified applicants. Looking ahead, the percentage of companies saying they plan to hire fell 3 points to 10%. "Historically, this is not associated with periods of strong employment growth," said William Dunkelberg, chief economist of the NFIB.

NFIB August Small Business Jobs: Summary | Businessweek

Date: September 05, 2014

U.S. small business job creation plans slowed in August, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

Value Walk cited NFIB’s most recent SBET data and CEO’s sentiments on the current economic climate.

Date: September 05, 2014

The latest dip in CEO confidence dovetails with the NFIB’s (National Federation of Independent Business) Small Business Optimism Index. This Index also experienced a dip during the summer. Here, too, we’ll have to see if this is just a temporary drop or the start of something more serious.

Michigan's minimum wage set to begin gradual increase, putting fears and hopes to test | Toledo Blade

Date: September 05, 2014

Wisconsin: Minimum wage debate heats up ahead of election | The Badger Herald

Date: September 05, 2014

Wisconsin: Asbestos plaintiffs’ attorneys fight against transparency laws for bankruptcy trusts | Legal Newsline

Date: September 05, 2014

NFIB Is Certifying Small-Business-Friendly Politicians | NYTimes.com

Date: September 05, 2014

In order to win small-business certification, candidates must pledge to support five Republican-sponsored bills in the House of Representatives. One would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new coal or natural gas power plants. Another would amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Three other bills are aimed at blunting the Affordable Care Act. One would repeal a tax on fully insured health insurance plans that helps fund the law, a tax that the N.F.I.B. argues will largely affect small-group plans. Another would raise the threshold for when a full-time worker must be offered company health insurance to 40 hours a week from 30 hours a week. The last bill would waive the employer mandate penalty if the government found that the health law made premiums more expensive for small businesses or caused them to reduce employment.

Michigan: Modest, gradual minimum wage hike set to launch | Washington Times

Date: September 05, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick : NPR

Date: September 03, 2014

Business groups and conservatives have resisted paid leave, arguing that it stifles job creation and imposes heavy administrative burdens. Groups like the National Federation of Independent Business have released studies warning that future legislation will squelch employment

Teens Excelling in Business, With Help from NFIB | American Profile

Date: September 03, 2014

Andrew Miles, an Oregon farm kid, was never a stranger to hard work. But when his father was killed in a farm accident, the then 14-year-old went into overdrive: He used the family’s equipment to start his own business, working long summer nights baling hay for his uncle and his neighbors.

Health Law May Benefit More Small Businesses In The Fall, Or Will It? | GantDaily.com

Date: September 03, 2014

NFIB, one of the groups that sued the administration over the federal health law’s so-called individual mandate requiring nearly everyone to purchase health insurance or pay a tax fine, currently advises its member companies to consider canceling their group health policies and instead help employees apply for insurance subsidies on the individual exchange. According to the NFIB, the total cost to business owners who are now offering workers’ coverage may be lower if they simply give employees a salary boost to purchase insurance on their own.

Maine: State report says alternative energy a top bet for job growth | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Date: September 03, 2014

Michigan's first bump up in minimum wage is here, its effects closely watched | Crain's Detroit Business

Date: September 03, 2014

Tennessee: Campaign Notebook - NFIB Endorses Dan Howell for House District 22 | Chattanooga Times Free Press

Date: September 03, 2014

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.