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LETTER: Small Business Calls on Congress to Pass the Main Street Tax Certainty Act (09/07/2023)

WEIMAR (Sept. 7, 2023) – “The past few years have been tremendously difficult and at times, downright painful. Between this inflationary economy and the dramatic increases in property taxes, many small businesses are just doing everything they can to hold on,” wrote NFIB Small Business Owner Member Dana Sherrill in a letter to the editor of the Colorado County Citizen.

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Business Climate

Small Business Statement on Revised EPA WOTUS Rule (08/29/2023)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 29, 2023) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Department of the Army’s revised rule on Waters of the United States (WOTUS):
“Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of small businesses and clarified the WOTUS standard for small employers and landowners,” said Beth Milito, Executive Director of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center. “The revised rule further complicates the standard and definition of WOTUS, which disproportionately impacts small businesses. We are disappointed by today’s revised rule and the agencies’ decision to block public input. We urge the administration to follow the guidance of the Supreme Court.”

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Small Business Marketing

Expert Criticizes Email For Customer Communication, Says Texting Is Superior (04/19/2022)

In a USA Today (4/14, Deerwester) column, lawyer, speaker, and author Steve Strauss wrote that “email is actually a fairly horrible way for business generally, and small business, in particular, to communicate with customers. Unopened and unwanted, ignored and abandoned, emails simply don’t get through anymore.” Strauss went on to argue that texting is superior to emailing.

Wages and Benefits

NFIB Jobs Report: Small Business Owners Look to Raise Compensation in Coming Months (08/31/2023)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 31, 2023) – According to NFIB’s monthly jobs report, 40% (seasonally adjusted) of small business owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, down two points from last month and the lowest level since February 2021. Seasonally adjusted, a net 36% of owners reported raising compensation in August, tying June’s reading, and marking the lowest reading since May 2021. A net 26% of owners plan to raise compensation in the next three months, up five points from July.

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