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Small Business Owners Expectations for Higher Sales Declined in January (02/13/2024)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 13, 2024) – The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased two points in January to 89.9, marking the 25th consecutive month below the 50-year average of 98. The net percent of owners who expect real sales to be higher declined 12 points from December to a net negative 16% (seasonally adjusted), a very negative shift in expectations.

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Business Climate

Small Business Coalition Urges Congress to Reduce Red Tape (02/02/2024)

“Small businesses continue to be disproportionately impacted by federal regulations. Now is the time for Congress to address the loopholes that enable federal agencies to underreport, minimize, or ignore the impact of regulations on small businesses,” said NFIB Director of Government Relations Josh McLeod. “On behalf of small businesses across the country, NFIB urges Congress to prioritize legislation that reinforces the intent of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and encourages an environment where Main Street businesses can grow and thrive.”

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Wages and Benefits

Increasing access to affordable child care is a huge piece of the workforce puzzle. (02/08/2024)

Small Business Owners Urge Missouri Lawmakers to Bolster Workforce, Increase Access to Affordable Child Care

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