Small Business Trends and Research

Find the latest research, polls, and information on critical small business trends, including NFIB’s well-known monthly Small Business Economic Trends report.

Small Business Economic Trends:
May 2020»

The Small Business Optimism Index increased 3.5 points in May to 94.4, a strong improvement from April’s 90.9 reading. Eight of the 10 Index components improved in May and two declined. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased seven points to 82. Reports of expected business conditions in the next six months increased 5 points to a net 34%, following a 24-point increase in April. Owners are optimistic about future business conditions and expect the recession to be short-lived.

May 2020 REPORT

Tax Survey Part I

Tax Survey I

NFIB’s Research Center randomly sampled 20,000 NFIB members between February and April 2018 and asked about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Here’s how small business owners responded about the new law.

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Tax Survey Part II One Year Later

Tax Survey II

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, One Year Later, Part II

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NFIB Problems and Priorities 2016

NFIB Small Business Problems and Priorities

This is the ninth edition of this publication. The volumes are among the NFIB Research Foundation’s most popular publications and therefore have become a staple.

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