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Did the White House Forget About Small Business? | Morning Consult

Date: July 22, 2014

The rise in health care costs has long been a concern for small business and the ACA has done nothing to alleviate those fears. Today, millions of small business owners and the Americans they employ are facing more expensive health care coverage and fewer plan options. Factor in the ongoing delay of the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchanges in 18 states, now on hold until 2016, and it’s no wonder business owners are finding it nearly impossible to plan for their health insurance future. Furthermore, states have had varied responses to the CMS guidelines on whether and how long small businesses may extend non-ACA compliant policies. The variation between states fragments the system and leaves small business owners with more questions than answers. Unfortunately, it seems even the administration does not have the answers. When asked for basic information on how many small business owners have enrolled in the SHOP exchanges, as House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam

Shawnee Heights High School Student, Entrepreneur Receives Scholarship from NFIB | WIBW.com

Date: July 22, 2014

Zach Haney, a senior at Shawnee Heights, was recognized with the Dan Danner Leadership Award in Washington D.C

California, Kansas, and lessons about taxes | MSNBC

Date: July 22, 2014

“It hurts small business and kills jobs,” warned the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business/California, and Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee.

Increasing Numbers Of Business Economists Confirm Wage Growth Is Happening | Business Insider

Date: July 22, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey's compensation index is hovering at a six year high. This index has been trending higher since late 2013 and is closely correlated with a broader measure of wage growth. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-nabe-survey-points-to-rising-us-wage-pressures-2014-21#ixzz38D9GZot2

Is a Gap in Small-Business Credit Holding Back the American Economy? - eWallstreeter

Date: July 22, 2014

In addition, most major surveys of small business owners point to credit access being more difficult during the five years since the recession. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) survey does indicate that not all small businesses have historically been pleased with their access to credit markets, even during the growth period of the late 1990s. But, this data also suggests that small businesses feel that credit access remains tighter today than in the prior recovery, with fewer small businesses reporting that their credit needs are being satisfied.

Job Growth Drives Economic Recovery | Jerry Jasinowski for Huffington Post

Date: July 22, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business said that in June some 26 percent of small businesses had job openings they could not fill.

Arizona: Phoenix ranks fifth best city for small business by NFIB | AZcentral.com

Date: July 22, 2014

California: NFIB will be attending a small business forum in Yuba City with North State Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip, Dan Logue. | eTerritorial Dispatch

Date: July 22, 2014

Rhode Island: NFIB says R.I. child-care workers can opt out of union | Providence Journal

Date: July 22, 2014

Tennessee: Williamson House race heats up with AFL-CIO endorsement, Casada gets NFIB endorsement | The Tennessean

Date: July 22, 2014

NABE, NFIB Surveys Point to Rising U.S. Wage Pressures - NYTimes.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Small business surveys point to rising U.S. wage pressures: Thomson Reuters Business News - MSN Money

Date: July 21, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey's compensation index is hovering at a six year high. This index has been trending higher since late 2013 and is closely correlated with a broader measure of wage growth.

Bernanke Pitched A Gem, Yellen Needs To Raise Rates For The Save

Date: July 21, 2014

Strength in the labor market is manifested in other areas as well. Average hourly earnings of workers in private industries are growing at about a 2.5% clip, which is above the Fed’s 2.0% Core PCE inflation target. The median usual weekly earnings growth rate of U.S. workers is now above the pre-crisis growth rate at just under 3%. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey of companies shows a large number of companies surveyed saying that they plan to raise worker compensation in the near future. Further, the actual business sector unit labor costs rate of change has spiked sharply higher from 0% in 2012 to nearly 7% today.

llinois: Crain’s Chicago Business quoted State Director Kim Maisch on GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner.

Date: July 21, 2014

Louisiana: NFIB-endorsed Jeff Thompson to run for District Court Judge - ArkLatexHomepage.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Massachusetts: Small business groups in Massachusetts protest mandated health benefits - Boston Business Journal

Date: July 21, 2014

Michigan: Term-limited reps pursue new life in state Senate | Crain's Detroit Business

Date: July 21, 2014

Minnesota: Mills endorsed by NFIB | Northlands News Center

Date: July 21, 2014

New York: The Times Union quoted State Director Mike Durant on a state Department of Labor letter sent on unemployment insurance

Date: July 21, 2014

Tennessee: Small business endorses John Ragan in House District 33 | Oakridge Today

Date: July 21, 2014

U.S. Small Businesses Hit Hardest by Skills Gap | FINANCIAL SENSE

Date: July 21, 2014

The same reality shows up in regular polling of constituents by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a small-business advocacy group. Their data show that the proportion of business owners reporting that they can’t find qualified applicants has been trending steeply upward since the end of the recession. Small businesses tend to be particularly hard-hit by this kind of shortage, since they don’t have the recruitment strength of larger employers. Qualified workers are also more hesitant to apply for positions with smaller companies, especially with the memory of a severe economic downturn — they want the security that comes from working for a bigger employer.

Arizona: Phoenix Earns High Marks From NFIB | Sonoran Alliance

Date: July 21, 2014

NFIB names Phoenix as a top U.S. city for small business - Phoenix Business Journal

Date: July 21, 2014

Arizona: Phoenix ranked among top 5 cities for small businesses by NFIB - ktar.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Business Group Endorses Mills for Congress | WDIO.com -

Date: July 21, 2014

New Jersey: NFIB-endorsed MacArthur calls for ending estate tax during business visit - Burlington County Times: Burlington County

Date: July 21, 2014

South Carolina: Sheheen, Haley campaign spar over small business | The-Dispatch.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Must-know: Key economic indicators releases in the past week, including NFIB » Market Realist

Date: July 21, 2014

West Virginia: Why Natalie Tennant Can't Win as Shelley Moore Capito Picks Up NFIB Endorsement | RedState

Date: July 21, 2014

Arizona: Phoenix ranked top five city for creating small businesses, national group says | ABC15 Arizona

Date: July 21, 2014

New York: "One of the biggest open secrets in Albany is that toll hikes are coming" says NFIB director | The Buffalo News

Date: July 21, 2014

New York: TWC News featured NFIB State Director Mike Durant

Date: July 21, 2014

Ohio: NFIB Member Hosts Kasich for Governor Event | cleveland.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Wages to Rise -- But More for Some Than Others, Says NFIB Data | Kiplinger

Date: July 21, 2014

Arizona: Heather Carter can’t seem to quash her opposition, ranked dead last by NFIB - Phoenix Crime | Examiner.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Arkansas: Small-business group endorses Cotton | Arkansas News

Date: July 21, 2014

Business group’s monthy Optimism Index dips | The Pueblo Chieftain

Date: July 21, 2014

Massachusetts: Small business groups in Massachusetts protest mandated health benefits - Boston Business Journal

Date: July 21, 2014

Ohio: Small-business group endorses Kasich-Taylor in Lima | LimaOhio.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Ohio: Gov. John Kasich on Cleveland's convention win: 'It's going to put Ohio at the top of the stack' | cleveland.com

Date: July 21, 2014

Pennsylvania: Credit eases for small business as lenders' recession worries fade | TribLIVE

Date: July 21, 2014

South Carolina: Small-business group backing Haley wants changes | Business | The State

Date: July 21, 2014

Texas: Conservative Groups Urge Strict Budget Spending Cap | The Texas Tribune

Date: July 21, 2014

Washington: 18th candidates tout differing strengths | The Columbian

Date: July 21, 2014

The Job Market Is Broken (and That's a Good Thing) - Yahoo Finance

Date: July 21, 2014

Last week, we learned that the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent — just three-tenths of a percent away from the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of full unemployment. Surveys by the National Federation of Independent Businesses shows a growing number of smaller firms are finding it more and more difficult to find qualified workers.

Alaska: Medicaid boost would be a fiasco for state says NFIB member | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Date: July 21, 2014

Arizona: The ‘Good Guys’ Endorsed by NFIB – 2014 Arizona Elections | Sonoran Alliance

Date: July 21, 2014

Michigan: NFIB Backs Fausone as Candidate to Maintain Economic Momentum - Town Square - Plymouth-Canton, MI Patch

Date: July 21, 2014

Washington: The Columbian mentioned NFIB’s endorsement of U.S. Rep Jamie Herrera Beutler

Date: July 21, 2014

Massachusetts: Congressional Candidate John Chapman Incumbent William Keating's 15% Approval Rating from NFIB | CapeCodToday.Com

Date: July 21, 2014

The One Big Problem The GOP May Have With Its Lawsuit Against Obama

Date: July 21, 2014

House Republicans are suing President Barack Obama for unilaterally delaying Obamacare's employer mandate. At the same time, the GOP has identified repealing the mandate as one of their potential moves if they take control of the Senate next year. "I do not believe the leader’s lawsuit should complicate or impede any congressional action to repeal or address the fundamentally flawed employer mandate provision in the ACA," Amanda Austin, health policy expert at the National Federation of Independent Businesses, one of the lead plaintiffs in the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case to overturn Obamacare, told TPM in a statement.

NFIB Urges Supreme Court to Protect Process for Ensuring Small Business Has Access to Mobile Services

Date: July 21, 2014

"In the past, local zoning authorities often moved slowly or sought to prevent telecommunications companies from providing vital infrastructure to their communities. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was designed to fix that problem by requiring denials to be subject to effective judicial oversight. However, this case threatens this important process. Small businesses depend on the continued improvement and deployment of wireless towers and mobile phone service. We urge the Supreme Court to see how critical this case is to both the telecommunications industry and national economic growth."

How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job, But at the Expense of Small Busines : NPR

Date: July 21, 2014

Advocates of ban-the-box laws note that sensitive jobs, like child care, are still protected under the laws. And they point out that employers are not prevented from checking an applicant's criminal record. They just have to do it later on in the hiring process — in some cases after the employer has made a preliminary job offer.That's too late, says Elizabeth Milito, senior executive counsel with the National Federation of Independent Business. "That's pretty far down the road for a small business owner that might have only five or 10 employees and needs somebody in there now," she says. Milito argues that small businesses can't afford a long hiring process, especially if they know that someone's criminal record is relevant. She gives the example of a plumber who sends his workers into customers' homes. "They're very concerned about sending anyone in that may have a conviction, a recent conviction, say for theft, burglary. And certainly physical issues, too," she says.

Ohio: Governor John Kasich Touts NFIB Endorsement | Businessweek

Date: July 21, 2014

Stronger Economy (More Than Federal Policy) Will Spur Business Loans, Federal Reserve Presidents Say | Forbes

Date: July 21, 2014

As to why business lending has slackened, Lockhart said, “We are doing various surveys. NFIB has done a survey and we do our own survey in the southeast (which may not be indicative of the entire U.S.)—but we are hearing from small businesses that the percentage who’ve had credit requests met is rising. It suggests the credit environment for small business is improving.”

WSJ: Small Businesses Can't Fill Openings for Skilled Workers | MoneyNews.com

Date: July 21, 2014

"Consumer and business owner optimism remain low, with both spending growth and sales expectations weak," said NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg.

Conservatives Are Hoping These 10 Words Will Finally Destroy Obamacare | Business Insider India

Date: July 21, 2014

But supporters of the challenge are quick to call to mind the initial perception of the challenge to the individual mandate as a fool's errand. It ended up becoming arguably the most closely watched Supreme Court decision of the last few years, and it took conservative Chief Justice John Roberts to unexpectedly save the law. Adler viewed the individual mandate challenge - NFIB v. Sebelius - as a "Hail Mary." This case, he argued, is more like the lawsuit against the contraception mandate, in that it challenges the implementation of a specific statute of the law. It's an easier legal argument to make, he said.

Ohio: NFIB Endorses Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Gov. John Kasich | The Columbus Dispatch

Date: July 21, 2014

Ohio: For the second straight gubernatorial campaign, Hamilton Caster was the backdrop for Gov. John Kasich to announce he received the endorsement of NFIB | Businessweek

Date: July 21, 2014

SBA Head Is Right to Question Government Small Business Loans - US News

Date: July 21, 2014

Entrepreneurs have no interest in taking out loans if they don’t think they’ll be able to pay them back, and the sector is experiencing historically low optimism according to NFIB.