Category: small business owners

Small-Business Optimism Inches Up, but Inflation Remains ‘Serious Problem’: NFIB

Small-business sentiment saw an improvement in August, but continued to remain depressed, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index rose by 1.9 points last month, to 91.8, data from a Sept. 13 press release showed. Though the index reversed some of the declines seen…


About 45 Percent of Small US Businesses Are Freezing Hiring Amid Soaring Inflation, Labor Costs

About 45 percent of small business owners in the United States are freezing the hiring of new workers because of high labor costs and skyrocketing inflation, according to the Alignable July Hiring Report. A competing survey came up with similar results, interviewing 4,739 small business owners, conducted from late June through mid-July. This is despite 51…


Inflation Is Top Concern for 80 Percent of US Small Business Owners: Bank of America

Small-business owners in the United States are now more pessimistic about the future of the American economy, even though they expect revenues to increase, and inflation is their primary concern, according to the 2022 Small Business Owner survey published by the Bank of America (BoA). The share of small-business owners who expect their local economies…


‘Upside Down Again’: Omicron Surge Roils US Small Businesses

LUBBOCK, Texas—Phillip Howard pointed toward a stack of black ski pants piled atop a counter in his winter sports shop as evidence of the hurdles small business owners still face as the pandemic drags on. The pants were supposed to arrive by August at Troy’s Ski Lubbock shop in west Texas—well before his five-month hot…