Economic indicators

Sept. Startup Sentiment Index™ Shows Highest-Ever Intent for Business Startups Planned 3 Months Out

In a remarkable turnabout, future business owners planning to start “this month” dropped, while startups planned “3 months out” reached the highest level on record in September responses collected for the FranchiseInsights.com Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ (SSI). “These are the most encouraging signs of animal spirits among aspiring business owners that we have seen

Access to Funding Identified as Greatest Hurdle to Franchise Ownership

Aspiring small business owners cited “funding or access to credit” as the biggest barrier to buying a franchise, according to a February survey for the most recent Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™.  This level is just below the 68.5% seen in the month-earlier survey – however, the survey was taken several days before the onset

Small Business Optimism Dips in Dec., Closing Out a Strong Year

Small business optimism dipped in December, according to a national survey of small business owners, to end what was hailed as a strong year by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “December marked the end of another banner year for the small business economy, as owners took full advantage of strong consumer spending, and federal

Small Business Optimism Remains At Record Highs

A strong economy continues to fuel record levels of optimism among small business owners, according to the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, with high demand for hiring stated as the No. 1 concern. The NFIB Small Business Optimism index came in at 104.4 in December, virtually unchanged at -0.4 less than

Entrepreneurs’ Optimism Shifts into High Gear As Investment Interest in High-End Franchises Doubles

Atlanta, GA – (October 15, 2015) – A surge in high-dollar franchise investment inquiries signals growing optimism among entrepreneurs, as small-business owners and prospects look ahead to growth in the U.S. economy. Interest in franchises requiring more than $100,000 has nearly doubled over the past two years, and interest in $250,000+ businesses has tripled, according

Franchises Add 26,000 New Jobs as U.S. Jobs and Wages Soar

U.S. franchise owners hired at an above-average pace in January while the U.S. economy outstripped expectations with 257,000 new jobs created and a gain in wage growth. The pace of hiring is one of the best economic indicators – it not only predicts future consumer demand, but it is a key indicator giving prospective franchise

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