Improvements in eight of 10 SBET index components welcoming news
LINCOLN, Neb., June 9, 2020—From Bob Hallstrom, Nebraska state director for NFIB, which released the latest findings of its Small Business Economic Trends report today. The SBET, also called the Optimism Index, is the nation’s leading measurement of the small-business economy.
“There will be one more Small Business Economic Trends report to come out before the Legislature returns on July 20, so it will be interesting to see if some of the good signs in today’s report continue. It was encouraging that three important categories improved from one month to the next: Plans to increase employment; plans to increase inventories, and expect real sales higher. If they can maintain that improvement, it will have an impact on Nebraska lawmakers’ consideration of property tax relief and economic development.”
NFIB Research Center has collected Small Business Economic Trends Data with Quarterly surveys since 1973 and monthly surveys since 1986. The sample is drawn from the membership files of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). 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.
“As states begin to reopen, small businesses continue to navigate the economic landscape rocked by COVID-19 and new government policies,” said NFIB’s Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “It’s still uncertain when consumers will feel comfortable returning to small businesses and begin spending again, but owners are taking the necessary precautions to reopen safely.”
For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.
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