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Small Businesses’ Health Improves as Economic Concerns Linger

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Despite vaccines, majority see long path back to normal
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Q1 2021 Report Highlights

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Q1 2021 SBI:55.9
A slight increase of three points from 52.9 in Q4 2020. However, the new score remains substantially below findings before the pandemic.
Highlights from the q1 2021 report
76%
of small businesses remain concerned about the virus’s impact on their business.
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59%
of small business owners rated the overall health of the U.S. economy as poor.
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59%
of small businesses this quarter predict it will take six months to a year to get back to normal.
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76%
of small businesses remain concerned about the virus’s impact on their business.
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59%
of small business owners rated the overall health of the U.S. economy as poor.
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59%
of small businesses this quarter predict it will take six months to a year to get back to normal.
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Q1 2021 SBI 55.9

Small Businesses’ Health Improves as Economic Concerns Linger

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Q4 2020 SBI 69.3

Small Business Optimism Remains High Amid Positive Economic Outlook

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Q3 2020 SBI 50.3

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8 in 10 small business owners rate the U.S. economy as average or poor
Carpenter reviewing work on a laptop
Q1 2021 SBI 55.9

Small Businesses’ Health Improves as Economic Concerns Linger

Despite vaccines, majority see long path back to normal
Three people in suits discussing work
Q4 2020 SBI 69.3

Small Business Optimism Remains High Amid Positive Economic Outlook

View of national economy continues to improve, but majority of businesses still need additional Federal help
Two masked warehouse workers looking at an iPad screen
Q3 2020 SBI 50.3

Small Businesses Say Economy is Their Top Election Issue

8 in 10 small business owners rate the U.S. economy as average or poor