Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism levels off in March

The National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Optimism Index slipped 0.6 points to 104.7 in March. The small business optimism index remains strong and at record-high levels, despite the slight decline this month. “Small business owners remain optimistic about the future of the economy and the direction of consumer confidence,” said NFIB President and …
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Mark Bretz named Montana Small Business Person of Year

Mark Bretz, owner of Missoula, Mont.-based, Bretz RV & Marine, has been selected by the U.S Small Business Administration as the 2017 Montana State Small Business Person of the Year. According to a press release, the award is given to individuals who “demonstrate hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to their employees and community and …
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Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism at its highest level since 2004

December marked the second consecutive month of record-breaking small business optimism, now at its highest level in over 12 years. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index The National Federation of Independent Business Index of Small Business Optimism reached 105.8 in December, increasing 7.4 percent and rocketing the index to its highest level since 2004. “We haven’t …
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Economic Snapshot: Small dips in consumer confidence, pending home sales

While consumer confidence and pending home sales both declined this month, both indexes continue to increase year-over-year. The GDP was also revised up from its earlier estimates, which exceeded economists’ expectations. Consumer confidence Consumer confidence dropped to 88.7 in November, down from 94.1 in October. This is the lowest level of optimism since June but […]
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FBC honored as Jacksonville’s Small Business of Year for 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Freedom Boat Club (FBC) has earned top honors as Small Business of the Year in northeast Florida for 2014. The Master of Industry Awards were announced at a gala banquet at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in July. The awards, sponsored by MOI Magazine, recognize businesses and CEOs that are models of […]
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