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Americans Optimistic About Local Business Conditions

February 6, 2011 Mike Sachoff

American consumers have a slightly more positive outlook on the current national and local economies, according to a new report released by Citibank. The survey, conducted by Hart Research Associates, found 63 percent of the public are optimistic that local business conditions will improve over the next 12 months. This […]

Small Business Employment Sees Positive Growth

February 1, 2011 Mike Sachoff

 Small business employment grew by 0.3 percent in January, for annual growth rate of more than 4 percent according to the Intuit Small Business Employment Index. “A substantial fraction of the new jobs in the recovery have been created by small businesses,” said Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with […]

Small Business Owners More Confident In January

January 31, 2011 Mike Sachoff

 After falling in December, confidence among small business owners returned in January as  more see the economy and economic conditions for their businesses improving, according to the Discover Small Business Watch. The monthly index rose to 91.0 this month, up 9.4 points from December 2010 and 5.5 points higher than […]

Office Depot Offers Businesses Interest Free Credit Cards

January 28, 2011 Mike Sachoff

Office Depot said today to mark its 25 years as provider of office supplies and services it is introducing a new “No Interest For Six Months” financing offer to its new and existing credit card holders. Through this new program Office Depot Business Credit Cardholders can take advantage of the […]

Small Business Owners Plan To Expand Operations In 2011

January 26, 2011 Mike Sachoff

More than half (57%) of small business owners say they plan to make changes in 2011, with 43 percent planning to expand their business operations, according to a new Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. Among those looking to expand, 56 percent say they will add new employees. Looking back […]

Consumer Confidence Up In January

January 25, 2011 Mike Sachoff

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had dropped in December, increased in January. The Index now stands at 60.6 (1985=100), up from 53.3 in December. The Present Situation Index improved to 31.0 from 24.9. The Expectations Index increased to 80.3 from 72.3 last month. “Consumers have begun the year […]

SBA Releases Grants To Small Business Development Centers

January 24, 2011 Mike Sachoff

The first six of a series of grants to Small Business Development Centers around the country to expand access to programs to help entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses and create jobs were announced today by Deputy Administrator Marie Johns of the U.S. Small Business Administration. These first six grants […]

Small Business Climate Making Turnaround

January 20, 2011 Mike Sachoff

The majority (93%) of small and mid-sized businesses plan to keep staff and add new hires this year, according to a new survey from human resources firm Insight Performance. The Small Business and Human Resources 2011 Outlook Survey also found that 38% of companies plan to offer base-pay raises, as […]

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