small business News for September 11 2017

Small Business Tax Reform

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Chicago Small Business Advisors – Free Business Help …

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Small Business Banking

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Small Business Support Community – Cisco Support Community

Welcome to the Small Business Support Community! Have questions with any of
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Welcome | MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business …

The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index for the second
quarter of 2017 shows that small businesses in America generally have a …
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U.S. Small-Business Owners’ Optimism Highest in 10 Years

Owners’ present condition score is up from last quarter. Government policies remain a top challenge for owners. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small-business owners’ optimism about their business situation has edged up in the past quarter to a new 10-year high. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index for the third quarter is at +106, up 11 points since Quarter 2 and the highest since +113 measured in the second quarter of 2007. These results are based on July 10-14 interviewing with a random sample of small-business owners nationwide. Owners are asked to evaluate both their present business situation and expectations about their business going forward. Small business owners are more positive about the future than about their current circumstances, a pattern that has generally been the case historically. The present situation score rose from +36 in the second quarter to +45 in the third quarter, while the future expectations score this quarter remained essentially constant – +61 compared to +59 last quarter. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index is based on owners’ responses to 12 separate items measuring their financial situation, revenue, cash flow, capital spending, employees and ease of obtaining credit. Currently, the percentage of small-business owners who say the overall number of jobs at their company increased over the past 12 months is at 21%, not a huge number on an absolute basis, but by two points the highest on this job creation measure since 2007, and just one point below the all-time high of 22%. Meanwhile, 10% of owners say that the number of jobs at their company has decreased over the past year, the lowest since 2006. As has been the case historically, the clear majority of owners over the years report that the number of jobs in their company has stayed the same. Owners in previous research expressed optimism that the new presidential administration would help them address these concerns – including taxes and the burden of government. In addition to mentioning government policy concerns, small-business owners cite a number of different challenges, including owners who are dealing with economic and financial situations, marketing and attracting new customers, and hiring good employees. Small-business owners have become increasingly positive about business conditions since the 2016 presidential election, with gains since last year in the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, including this quarter’s optimism reading of +106, the highest since the second quarter of 2007.
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