Small-business indicators

October Startup Sentiment Index™ Shows a Three-Month Trend in Advancing Startup Timelines

The number of respondents agreeing that “now is a good time to start a business” reached a three-month high at 60.6% in October, from a monthly survey of individuals who have recently inquired about businesses for sale, in responses collected Oct. 24-26, 2020, for the Small Business Startup Sentiment Index™ (SSI). Underscoring that trend, the number of would-be entrepreneurs who

Small Business Optimism Rises Slightly In August Amid ‘Wait and See’ Attitude

August logged the second-best Small Business Optimism Index since October 2007, but the modest uptick was characterized as “glum” as business owners remain uncertain about immediate growth prospects. The monthly index from the National Federation of Independent Businesses rose 0.4 points to 96.1.The survey of NFIB members started in 1986 with a baseline of 100,

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