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Small Business Views of Future Improve

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‘Hopeful’ business owners see better economy, expect rising revenue
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Q2 2021 Report Highlights

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Q2 2021 SBI:60.0
This quarter, the current Small Business Index score is 60.0, an increase of 4.1 points from 55.9 in Q1.
Highlights from the q1 2021 report
57%
of small businesses anticipate their revenue increasing this year, up 10 percentage points compared to last quarter.
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27%
of small businesses rate the overall U.S. economy as good, up from 21% who said the same in Q1 2021. But this is still far below pre-pandemic levels
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65%
of small businesses now believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, up 21 points from Q4 2020.
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57%
of small businesses anticipate their revenue increasing this year, up 10 percentage points compared to last quarter.
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27%
of small businesses rate the overall U.S. economy as good, up from 21% who said the same in Q1 2021. But this is still far below pre-pandemic levels
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65%
of small businesses now believe that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, up 21 points from Q4 2020.
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The Data Explorer

Use the Data Explorer to browse and analyze years of data from the Small Business Index.

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 2021 SBI 55.9

Small Businesses Say Economy is Their Top Election Issue

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

View of national economy continues to improve, but majority of businesses still need additional Federal help
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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
Carpenter reviewing work on a laptop
Q1 2021 SBI 55.9

Small Businesses Say Economy is Their Top Election Issue

Small businesses’ health improves as economic concerns linger.
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