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Index Reaches Pandemic-Era High, as Many See Brighter Future

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But worker shortage, inflation, and supply chain concerns persist.
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Q4 2021 Report Highlights

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Q4 2021 SBI:63.0
This quarter’s Small Business Index score is 63.0, the highest score since the start of the pandemic. This score is up from last quarter’s score of 56.6 and the nadir of the pandemic in 2020 Q2 when the score reached a record low of 39.5.
Highlights from the q1 2021 report
62%
of small businesses say their business is in good health.
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71%
of small business owners say that rising prices have had a significant impact on their business in the past year.
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26%
of small business owners say the biggest challenge they expect to face in a post-pandemic world is revenue.
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62%
of small businesses say their business is in good health.
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71%
of small business owners say that rising prices have had a significant impact on their business in the past year.
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26%
of small business owners say the biggest challenge they expect to face in a post-pandemic world is revenue.
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The Data Explorer contains data going back to 2017 (when the Index began) on the 10 big survey questions covering views of the economy, hiring, investment and other key economic indicators.

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Q1 2022 SBI 64.1

Index Reaches Pandemic-Era High, but Inflation Concerns Grow

Supply chain disruptions also linger, moderating optimism.
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Q4 2021 SBI 63.0

Index Reaches Pandemic-Era High, as Many See Brighter Future

But worker shortage, inflation, and supply chain concerns persist.
Woman and man working at a farm shop
Q3 2021 SBI 56.6

Small Businesses Show Growing Signs of Caution About the Future

Staffing levels and investment plateau, as concerns about inflation grow.
A group of office workers sitting around a table discussing a project.
Q1 2022 SBI 64.1

Index Reaches Pandemic-Era High, but Inflation Concerns Grow

Supply chain disruptions also linger, moderating optimism.
Two people walking and discussing some papers.
Q4 2021 SBI 63.0

Index Reaches Pandemic-Era High, as Many See Brighter Future

But worker shortage, inflation, and supply chain concerns persist.
Woman and man working at a farm shop
Q3 2021 SBI 56.6

Small Businesses Show Growing Signs of Caution About the Future

Staffing levels and investment plateau, as concerns about inflation grow.