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Small Business Optimism

The State of U.S. Small Business: Progress Made, Work to Be Done

Frank Islam | Posted 05.07.2016 | Small Business
Frank Islam

This is National Small Business Week. It has been so designated by the SBA. Our question is whether this week should be a time to celebrate accomplishments or to reflect on the work that remains to be done to continue to level the playing field for small businesses.

Passion: The Leading Motivation for Women Business Owners

David L. Brown | Posted 05.04.2016 | Small Business
David L. Brown

When addressing the reasons that drive people to open a small business, it seems that we've always assumed women, specifically, leave corporate America to achieve a better work-life balance. A new survey of 300 women business owners (WBOs) suggests differently.

Women Business Owners Shed Light on Top Small Business Trends in 2014

David L. Brown | Posted 05.12.2014 | Small Business
David L. Brown

More than 600 women business owners (WBOs) have shared what they think it takes to start or grow a small business, and it all comes down to optimism.

The Gravity in Gravity

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.

Small Business Owners Are Having Self-Esteem Issues

The Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 08.09.2013 | Small Business

Small business owners' confidence in the U.S. economy is increasing considerably as the country gradually recovers from the Great Recession, according...

Small Businesses Are Losing Their Optimism

Reuters | Paige Gance | Posted 07.10.2013 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Small business optimism fell in June from its one-year high as an uncertain recovery continues to unfold. The National Feder...

Trump Points Fingers As Job Cuts Loom

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Small Business

Main Street is battling a mean post-election hangover. A recent survey by Wells Fargo and Gallup found that one in five small business owners expec...

Bad News For Small Business Owners

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. small business sentiment tumbled to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years in November as owners grew very pessimistic ...

Small Business Optimism Plummets

Reuters | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small businesses' confidence in the economy's future declined in June by the most in two years, increasing the threat that an economic slo...

On Main Street, Resilience

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 06.06.2012 | Small Business

Four out of 10 small-business owners are reporting positive business conditions, nearly doubling since 2010, according to a new survey by Citibank. ...

Small Businesses Carrying Less Debt, More Optimistic

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 05.17.2012 | Small Business

The number of small businesses carrying debt is declining, while optimism about obtaining credit and the economy in general is improving, according to...

On Main Street, Confidence Reaches New Levels

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business

Although hiring among small businesses dropped from 75,000 to 40,000 new jobs in April, a new survey shows that optimism on Main Street is still risin...

U.S. Small Business Morale Ebbs In March

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - U.S. small business confidence dropped in March for the first time in six months amid widespread pessimism, adding to evidence suggesting ...

Optimism Should Be at the Top of an Entrepreneur's Checklist

Alana Muller | Posted 04.22.2012 | Small Business
Alana Muller

Above all, great entrepreneurs are optimistic. Their passion, their belief, their can-do attitude all lead to a positive vision for the future. In fact, you might wonder, what is better than an optimistic entrepreneur? The answer: Many optimistic entrepreneurs!

Small-Business Confidence Hits 4-Year High

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2012 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Confidence among small U.S. business owners hit a four year-high in January and many are having trouble filling vacant position...

Small Business Confidence Hits 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 02.02.2012 | Small Business

Seventy-five percent of small businesses are confident about the future of their business, according to the 2011 Year-End Economic Report by the Natio...

Small Business Optimism Continues To Rise

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 01.10.2012 | Small Business

Small business optimism is on the rise, according to a survey of 725 small businesses by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). T...

Small Businesses More Confident In November

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 12.14.2011 | Small Business

Small business owners are feeling more optimistic, albeit marginally, according to the National Federation of Independent Business' Optimism Index. Th...

Small Business Optimism Falls For Sixth Straight Month, Survey Finds

Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

Small businesses in the United States became less confident in the economy's future for the sixth straight month in August following a bruising spendi...

Small Business Optimism Continues To Decline Amidst Uncertainty

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business

Amidst anemic consumer spending and national uncertainty over the fate of the debt ceiling, small-business optimism declined for the fifth straight mo...

Small Business Confidence Hits 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Nate Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small business confidence edged up in February to its highest level since the beginning of the Recession, according to a report released on Tuesday by...

Small Business Optimistic, But Still Not Hiring: Citibank

Reuters | Deborah Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small business owners are showing increased confidence in the economic recovery, but they're still not willing to pull the trigger on hiring new workers, according to a new survey by Citibank.