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SBIQ Methodology

This survey provides a snapshot of the JCN Foundation’s Small Business Intelligence Quotient (SBIQ)–an index tracking overall small business optimism. The indicator will be tracked monthly to identify trends at-large and among key small business employer segments. The SBIQ is based on seven key elements:

  • Employer’s Current Business Conditions
  • Condition of U.S. Economy Today
  • Current Climate for Small Businesses
  • Direction of Employer’s Business Over Next 3-Months
  • Employer’s Plans for Hiring Over Next 3-Months
  • Direction of U.S. Economy
  • Direction of Climate for Small Businesses

The SBIQ is calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 being best possible conditions and 0 being worst possible conditions. A score of 50 is neutral, anything above 50 is positive and anything below is negative. To calculate the scores, point values are applied to each response and multiplied by the share of respondents giving that answer.

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March 16, 2023 Energy

Increasing domestic energy production to increase supply and lower prices.

March 16, 2023 regulations

Cutting regulations and pursuing other policies that would help American businesses better compete against foreign companies.

March 16, 2023 Government Spending

Linking work requirements to government assistance programs–like welfare and food stamps–so able-bodied adults work for their benefits.

March 16, 2023 Small Business

Making it easier for small businesses to raise capital, like get a loan or a line of credit.

March 16, 2023 Government Spending

Balancing the federal budget to rein-in spending and reduce inflation.

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners inFebruary 2023

Percentage Concerned