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A Plan to Cut Costs and Crime: End Hurdle to Job After Prison - NYTimes.com

Date: October 24, 2014

Jack Mozloom, a spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying group, said he was concerned that hiring decisions were being taken away from businesses. CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY 31 COMMENTS “Does everybody deserve a second chance? Of course,” Mr. Mozloom said. “But it’s up to me as the guy taking the risk to decide that this person is worth taking the risk. The fact that they have a criminal record proves that at one point in their lives they weren’t trustworthy.”

McKoon Displays Small Business Award in Ad That He Didn't Actually Win

Date: October 24, 2014

McKoon's television ad ran him afoul with the state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). In the ad, McKoon displays on his desk a small award from the NFIB. The NFIB said McKoon had not won the award and asked him to re-edit his commercial to remove it.

Ohio: Business tax deduction not as popular as state predicted | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: October 24, 2014

Massachusetts: Question 4: Should employers be required to pay for sick time? | Wakefield Wicked Local

Date: October 24, 2014

Connecticut: Greenberg accepts endorsement of NFIB | The New Britain Herald

Date: October 24, 2014

Colorado: Union, business leaders try to draw attention to legislative races - Denver Business Journal

Date: October 24, 2014

Alabama: Bentley unveils informational website during first Alabama Small Business Commission meeting | Fox Business

Date: October 24, 2014

Alabama small business panel holds first meeting | Businessweek

Date: October 24, 2014

Raises right around the corner? - The Washington Post

Date: October 24, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business showed that small- and medium-size businesses are also anticipating their compensation costs to rise in the coming three months. The net share expecting compensation costs to rise (that is, the percent saying they expected worker compensation to rise minus the percent saying they expected it to fall) was 15 percent in September. The last time it was higher was October 2007.

Why small business optimism remains mired at recessionary levels - Market Realist

Date: October 24, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business is a monthly report that contains a wealth of information regarding trends for small businesses. It examines labor markets, plans for capital expenditures, credit availability, inventory and sales data, inflation, earnings, and economic outlook. The survey goes back to 1986, so it’s useful to compare current conditions with prior peaks and valleys.

NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index falls thanks to bad news on jobs, capital spending | Denver Business Journal

Date: October 24, 2014

There’s volatility on Main Street as well as Wall Street — an index of small business indicators fell in September after two months of gains thanks to fewer job openings and reduced plans for capital spending. The Small Business Optimism Index, based on a survey of National Federation of Independent Business members, declined by 0.8 points in September to 95.3. That’s 5 points below the index’s average for 1973 to 2007, before the Great Recession hit.

Arizona: Small business mobilizes | Sonoran News

Date: October 24, 2014

New York: Senate races tighten; pro-business candidates need votes | Orchard Park Bee

Date: October 24, 2014

Top Lobbyists 2014: Associations | TheHill

Date: October 24, 2014

Dan Danner, National Federation of 
Independent Business.
 Danner is working to ensure that small businesses are treated fairly on minimum wage issues, healthcare, regulations and taxes. 

Alabama small business panel holds first meeting | Washington Times

Date: October 24, 2014

Pay raises are right around the corner | SFGate

Date: October 24, 2014

Each month, the National Federation of Independent Business’ small-business optimism index asks firms whether they plan to change average worker compensation in the coming three months. The net share saying they expect to raise compensation was 15 percent in September; the last time the share was higher was October 2007, before the recession started. Employers may not be happy about the prospect of higher labor costs, but these survey numbers suggest that they’ve resigned themselves to the fact that they might need to start ponying up more cash to retain or hire good workers.

Michigan Chamber of Commerce considering road funding petition | WZOX

Date: October 24, 2014

NJ: Congressman Leonard Lance named 'Guardian of Small Business' | NJ.com

Date: October 24, 2014

NC: Senate District 1 Features Rematch Of Tight 2012 Campaign | Carolina Journal

Date: October 24, 2014

Cautious optimism on the economy | The Washington Post

Date: October 24, 2014

Each month the National Federation of Independent Business’s small business optimism index asks businesses whether they plan to change average worker compensation in the coming three months. The net share saying they expect to raise compensation was 15 percent in September; the last time the share was higher was October 2007, before the recession started. Employers may not be happy about the prospect of higher labor costs, but these survey numbers suggest that they’ve resigned themselves to the fact that they might need to start ponying up more cash to retain or hire good workers.

California: Costly, nasty battle rages in San Diego race for Congress | LA Times

Date: October 24, 2014

For GOP's Scalise, Being No. 3 Boosts Popularity - ABC News

Date: October 24, 2014

Illinois: You Should Know Who's Backing the Illinois Governor Candidates Before You Vote | Huffington Post

Date: October 24, 2014

Ohio: EPA proposal would handicap small business | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: October 24, 2014

Texas: Supreme Court to Decide What a Billboard is Worth | The Texas Tribune

Date: October 24, 2014

Small Business Saturday Becomes Holiday Tradition in Communities Across the Country in Only Five Years | Forbes

Date: October 24, 2014

a survey conducted on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express identified that $5.7 billion was spent by consumers aware of the initiative on Small Business Saturday in 2013 alone.

Lower oil, energy prices bring relief for businesses | CNBC

Date: October 24, 2014

Energy costs are one of the top three business expenses for 35 percent of small businesses, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. The primary energy cost for 38 percent of smaller firms is operating vehicles. One-third of small businesses cited heating and cooling costs, and one-fifth cited operating equipment, according to the NFIB.

The Effects of Customer Service on Organizations | Chron.com

Date: October 24, 2014

The customer may not always be right, but he does pay your bills. That's something to consider if you're tempted to quibble with a customer over principle--you may achieve some smug satisfaction, but you will probably lose a future revenue stream and may create a new spokesperson for your competitors. According to an article on the U.S. Small Business Administration website, a National Federation of Independent Business study put customer service ahead of both price and product in determining business success.

Small-business group endorses Johnson for governor | MinnPost

Date: October 24, 2014

Massachusetts: Small business group head backs gas tax repeal effort | Nashoba Publishing Online

Date: October 24, 2014

Small businesses urge EPA to drop water rule | TheHill

Date: October 24, 2014

Small businesses are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a "massive power grab" to extend its authority over small bodies of water like streams, ponds and even puddles. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) says the EPA's controversial water regulation would be particularly troublesome for farmers, because it would devalue their land and prevent them from growing crops in certain places.

EPA ignores its own economic analyses, small business agency says | WashingtonExaminer.com

Date: October 24, 2014

"The Office of Advocacy is there to be the watchdog for small businesses within the government and to be behind the scenes in the rulemaking process," said Dan Bosch, director of regulatory policy for the National Federation of Independent Business. "Different administrations put different weight on what the office says."

Weak Global Growth Threatens U.S. Recovery | Forbes

Date: October 24, 2014

High corporate taxes in the U.S. have led to the phenomenon of “tax inversion,” where companies headquarter overseas. Small business owners consistently report that their single biggest concern is taxes, followed by government regulation and red tape, according to NFIB surveys. Increased regulation and weakened rule of law have dropped the U.S. to 12th place in the 2014 Economic Freedom of the World report; the U.S. was 2nd in 2000.

Oklahoma: Lankford, Johnson possess multiple supporters | Businessweek

Date: October 24, 2014

TOP HOUSE DEM TO PARTY ALLIES: HELP OUR CAMPAIGNS | AP

Date: October 24, 2014

"Most of our incumbents are doing really well," Scalise told members of the National Federation of Independent Business. "There's a small number that are in a tight races. But in terms of how many seats we can actually flip, there's a wide playing field."

NFIB's Small Business Optimism Index falls thanks to bad news on jobs, capital spending | Business Journal

Date: October 24, 2014

There’s volatility on Main Street as well as Wall Street — an index of small business indicators fell in September after two months of gains thanks to fewer job openings and reduced plans for capital spending. The Small Business Optimism Index, based on a survey of National Federation of Independent Business members, declined by 0.8 points in September to 95.3. That’s 5 points below the index’s average for 1973 to 2007, before the Great Recession hit.

Pennsylvania: National business group endorses Dee Adcock | Broad Street Media

Date: October 24, 2014

Texas: Details Yet to Emerge in Patrick's Tax Proposal | The Texas Tribune

Date: October 24, 2014

Small Business Optimism Falls in September | Fox Business

Date: October 24, 2014

U.S. small business optimism fell in September as more owners said they expected a slowdown in profits and sales, tightening credit conditions and 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 fell 0.8 point to 95.3. The index is now five points below where it was before the start of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

US small business confidence declines in September: NFIB | CNBC

Date: October 24, 2014

U.S. small business optimism fell in September as more owners said they expected a slowdown in profits and sales, tightening credit conditions and 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 fell 0.8 point to 95.3. The index is now five points below where it was before the start of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

Study: Confidence sags among small-biz owners | TheHill

Date: October 24, 2014

The declining confidence comes as the administration has touted a reduced unemployment rate. 

U.S. Small Business Confidence Declines in September: NFIB | NYTimes.com

Date: October 24, 2014

"Overall, no progress, still stuck in a rut that has been difficult to escape with so little progress on the issues important to small business owners," NFIB chief economist William Dunkelberg said, referring to the survey results.

Small Businesses Extend Hiring at Best Post-Recession Clip

Date: October 24, 2014

The pace of hiring at independent businesses is at its best clip in eight years, though most owners are still hesitant to add new positions. The National Federation of Independent Business, the trade group, says overall small-business optimism is at its highest level since 2007, coming in at 95.2 in April. While that marks a post-recession high, it remains below the historic average and below the level typically associated with expansion.

Capital-plan, job-opening reductions drag NFIB small-business index lower | Morningstar

Date: October 24, 2014

Dragged lower by big drops in plans to make capital outlays and in current job openings, an index of small-business optimism fell in September. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday its small-business optimism index fell 0.8 points to 95.3, which is 5 points below the pre-recession average. Six components fell and four rose.

NFIB Small Business Optimism falls to 95.3 in September | NASDAQ.com

Date: October 24, 2014

In a report, National Federation of Independent Business said that NFIB Small Business Optimism declined to 95.3 last month from 96.1 in August. Analysts had expected the index to rise to 97.2 in September.

New York: GOP congressional hopeful Stefanik wins endorsement of national small business lobby, airing new ads | NorthCountryNow

Date: October 24, 2014

October Economic Update: What's In Store For Stocks? | Forbes.com

Date: October 24, 2014

Corporate credit trends also remain positive, with the National Federation of Independent Business reporting that the number of firms expecting credit conditions to ease is now back to pre-recession levels.

Kansas: Moran speaks on small businesses citing NFIB data | Emporia Gazette

Date: October 24, 2014

PA-Gov: NFIB Endorses Corbett | PoliticsPA

Date: October 24, 2014

Building a stronger economy by supporting small business | TheHill

Date: October 13, 2014

A survey of businesses found the ACA has led a quarter of respondents to fire employees and 16.5 percent say they have more part-time workers than full-time due to coverage expenses. It’s a similar story in Philadelphia where 18.2 percent of businesses are cutting jobs in response to the law.

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Employees Must Be Paid for Time Spent In Security Screenings | The National Law Review

Date: October 13, 2014

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.

Opinion: The Apolitical Supreme Court Is Dead | MSN

Date: October 13, 2014

The next troubling ruling was in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, which upheld Obamacare and outraged conservatives. Many of the arguments from the conservative judges—both in opposition and in support of the majority ruling—made no sense. Justice Antonin Scalia was the king of inconsistency, turning upside down his interpretation of a prior case. Roberts’s opinion was a train wreck, made even messier by his efforts to once again sidestep precedents. Then there was the portion of the decision that declared Congress—despite its authority under the Constitution’s Spending Clause—could not require states to expand Medicaid eligibility to qualify for future grants. The reasoning was complicated, but the arguments by the conservative members of the court will come up again in ways they won’t like—and then they will probably ignore the precedent they have set.

Halbig: Obama Administration Attempts To Manufacture Ambiguity Where None Exists | Forbes

Date: October 13, 2014

It is not disharmony but consistency if the plain meaning of “established by the State” serves the same purpose here — to induce state action — that the Supreme Court found in the PPACA’s other Medicaid provisions. National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (2012) (NFIB). Moreover, the government’s reading — that an Exchange “established by the State” could be an Exchange established by the federal government — creates a more disharmonious result by making a state’s ability to modify its Medicaid eligibility rules conditional on federal action.

Hold candidates to the 5 small-business tests | The Denver Post

Date: October 13, 2014

Connecticut: State senator, editor honored by Yankee Institute | New Britain Herald

Date: October 13, 2014

Idaho: NFIB endorsed Gov. Butch Otter Idahostatesman.com

Date: October 13, 2014

Hogan to Tour Maryland NFIB Member Business | Salisbury News:

Date: October 10, 2014

Kansas: Wait, who’s on the ballot in the Kansas Senate race: Roberts and Orman, or Reid, McConnell and Obama? | The Washington Post

Date: October 10, 2014

Supreme Court Reporters Remember the Day of the Great Obamacare Screw-Up | US News

Date: October 10, 2014

The Affordable Care Act case – properly known as the National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius – was part of a broader discussion on coverage of the court that brought the veteran reporters before an audience at the National Archives Wednesday night.

Colorado: Udall and Gardner battle over Obamacare | Brush News-Tribune

Date: October 10, 2014