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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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How would you grade Joe Biden’s job performance helping small businesses?

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Are presidential candidates talking enough about small businesses and policies they support to help small businesses?

November 21, 2023

Which general election candidate for president would do the most to help small businesses?

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Which Republican primary candidate for president would do the most to help small businesses?

November 21, 2023

Which Democratic primary candidate for president would do the most to help small businesses?

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners inSeptember 2023

Percentage Concerned