Economy brightening a bit for the big boys, but smaller firms are still under overcast skies
PHOENIX, Nov. 9, 2021—From Chad Heinrich, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business on today’s release of NFIB’s monthly Small Business Economic Trends report, America’s bellwether measurement of the Main Street economy.
“It’s no surprise that fewer small-business owners expect business conditions to improve in the coming months. Arizona’s entrepreneurs are greeted daily in the national news with threats to their very livelihood from Congress, A Washington D.C. that embraces confiscatory taxation and crushing regulatory mandates is not part of the formula for increased optimism for Arizona’s mom and pop shop owners.
“Thankfully, we have state leaders in Arizona who focus on how best to support small-business owners through sound tax policy and common-sense regulations that protect the public while not overburdening our small businesses with unnecessary red tape and punitive fines.”
From NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg
“Small business owners are attempting to take advantage of current economic growth but remain pessimistic about business conditions in the near future. One of the biggest problems for small businesses is the lack of workers for unfilled positions and inventory shortages, which will continue to be a problem during the holiday season.
“Adding to the muddle, Washington is having trouble putting its economic policies into place. Spending and tax policies are still up in the air, while debt ceiling problems loom larger each day. The Federal Reserve is also scrambling to reset policies to deal with growth and inflation numbers it had not expected.”
More comment is available on Page 3 of the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends report.
About the Small Business Economic Trends (SBET) report
The NFIB Research Center has collected Small Business Economic Trends data with quarterly surveys since the 4th quarter of 1973 and monthly surveys since 1986. Survey respondents are drawn from a random sample of NFIB’s membership. The report is released on the second Tuesday of each month. Today’s survey was conducted in October 2021.
The SBET’s primary value is anticipating short-run fluctuations in economic activity. An additional value of the SBET is its measurement of small business activities and concerns over time. The benefit of a longitudinal data set offers an invaluable perspective on how policies and business cycles impact small businesses over time. The SBET is one of the few archival data sets on small business, particularly when research questions address business operations rather than opinions. Today, it’s the largest, longest-running data set on small business economic conditions available.
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