Small Business Optimism Reaches Highest Mark in 45 Year History….

MAGA Winnamin Alert – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) just released another survey.  The Small Business Optimism Index has soared to 108.8 in August; that’s an all-time record in the survey’s 45-year history, topping the July 1983 highwater mark of 108.  This incredible surge in economic outlook began with the era of President Donald J Trump.

According to the release:

“At the beginning of this historic run, Index gains were dominated by expectations: good time to expand, expected real sales, inventory satisfaction, expected credit conditions, and expected business conditions,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

“Now the Index is dominated by real business activity that makes GDP grow: job creation plans, job openings, strong capital spending plans, record inventory investment plans, and earnings. Small business is clearly helping to drive that four percent growth in the domestic economy.”

  • 26% of companies plans to increase employment.
  • 38% of companies have current job openings.
  • 34% of companies consider this a good time to expand.
  • 34% of companies expect the economy to improve.

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94 Responses to Small Business Optimism Reaches Highest Mark in 45 Year History….

  1. ZurichMike says:

    All of this winning. I am EXHAUSTED. MAGA!

    Liked by 13 people

  2. Angel Martin says:

    Amazing !

    Better than the Reagan years. Better than the late 1990’s.

    Liked by 9 people

  3. Headline fix… “35 year history”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. GrandpaM says:

    Thank you, God! And thank you, VSG President Donald J. Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. rmnewt says:

    Not true for small defense businesses that deal with the US government. The establishment and Military Industrial Complex is crushing the small businesses in spite of record amounts of government defense spending.
    Isn’t it interesting that the thing the administration controls the most, defense spending doesn’t follow the principles its leader advocates for. Like the DOJ/FBI house cleaning is in order. The big loser is the war fighters and American people.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Spew your crap somewhere else.


    • rf121 says:

      The military industrial complex has been a corrupt good old boy program since the 1950’s. You think PT can fix that in 18 months. Especially with everything else going on. Did not work out well for JFK when he challenged it.

      One cluster f… at a time.

      Liked by 7 people

    • scruffyleon says:

      Sounds like you have built a ‘mouse trap’ that nobody wants.
      Show us your genius and build a better one.

      Liked by 1 person

      • rmnewt says:

        Its hardly just about me, rather its about the need for our government system to drive excellence vs corporatism. Some of us including Trump knows our free market can win across the globe. It would be nice if the gov practiced what most here at the CTH know to be true. Just sayin.

        Liked by 1 person

    • jeans2nd says:

      Pres Trump issued an EO at the very beginning of his Presidency stating all gov contracts will be awarded only to American business with only American-made products. That includes defense.

      This includes small businesses as well as large businesses. Any American large business doing business with the U.S. gov will be utilizing American small businesses. No exceptions.

      The truth does not support your claims. But thanks for playing.

      Liked by 1 person

      • rmnewt says:

        Interesting that you find this a game. Truth, you are obviously not aware or involved in the defense industries?? You missed the bigger point as well. One exec order does not overcome the deep state. Our President is fighting in close combat and at long range. He has much to do still and needs people close to him that he can trust and that can get our whole country back to full speed, MAGA.

        Liked by 2 people

    • MB224 says:

      We’ll see about that. This story is just beginning. I’m sure the DoD has been as corrupted and compromised as every other big bureaucracy. One reset at a time.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. billrla says:

    “Thanks to the policies put in place by Obama.” Someone actually said that to me last week.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. billrla says:

    These are tough times for pessimists, but, we’ll get through it.

    Liked by 6 people

  8. Elizabeth Carter says:

    I have been giving a lot of thought to why America (USA) is different.

    I thought that it was because we are a fairly new country in the world and maybe we are just more adventurous and vigorous. But then I realized that Canada, Mexico, Middle and South America fall into that category also and they have terrible economies and lots of corruption.

    I thought that maybe it was because we came from White, European countries and that maybe that made the difference. But then I realized that the White European countries many of us came from are in the saddest state I have ever seen them in and that we can’t even help them because they are voluntarily surrendering their countries to the Muslims and Africans. Their once great accomplishments are being swept away into the dustbin of history. Soon they will be as irrelevant to the modern world as Atlantis. It might have been a nice story but it no longer has meaning in a globalist world where people are of no consequence, values and morals are meaningless and all that matters now is the rule of the most primitive who have once again taken over their society.

    I thought maybe it was because we are a predominately Christian nation. But then I realized that 30 percent of the world consider themselves Christian and the USA is the only place that it seems to make any difference in how people are treated.

    I thought about how it can be possible that a nation with a population of approximately 327 million people ( of which approximately 50 million are illegal immigrants who just came to suck us dry) can somehow have an annual GDP of $20 trillion dollars out of a world GDP forecasted to be $135 trillion when we have a population that is 327 million out of 7 billion and we have to support many of them.
    Then I realized that the main thing we offer in the world is the opportunity to be the best you can be. To be able to have a new idea, create something and to profit from your creation if the globalists can’t figure out how to steal it and destroy you. We have a Constitutional Republic with a Bill of Rights that were endowed by our Creator and cannot be taken away by other people.

    We almost lost our advantage by letting the globalists take over our country too. They were and still are in the process of destroying America. The globalists are not satisfied with the 6.6 billion of the rest of the world population, they have to destroy us to be satiated. They are so greedy that they will not be satisfied until they have destroyed the whole world. They believe that destroying God’s creation will make them equal to God as Karl Marx said. No matter what they destroy, they have nothing to offer and can never create anything living, loving, beautiful or true.

    We were about to be Europe and then, by the Grace of God, we stood together by the guidance of the Holy Spirit and elected President Donald J. Trump.

    Now, instead of being destroyed along with the rest of the world, we are becoming that “shining city on a hill” that can remind people of what can be accomplished if we just Love God and Love One Another.

    God Bless President Donald J. Trump
    God Bless America

    Liked by 17 people

    • Bugsdaddy says:

      What she said!

      Thank you Elizabeth

      Liked by 4 people

    • MIKE says:

      Good post, I agree with you, but would like to add this;
      We are Americans. We get shit done. That’s just how we roll, baby.
      Anger us at your own risk.
      And we are often imitated, but never duplicated.
      So leftist progressive liberal whatevers, There is the door. Use it to find a country that suits your lazy-ass needs. Bye now.

      Liked by 5 people

      • nimrodman says:


        Florida Power and Light won the prestigious International Edward Demming award for excellence in multi-platform engineering and efficiency superiority. They didn’t blow every PhD intellectual out of the water with slide rules, CAD programs and engineering acumen. They did it with hard hats and dirty fingernails.

        Because they lost the award, the Japanese spent 6 months studying FPL and later published a 1,000 page dissertation essentially saying FPL “wasn’t really good, they were just lucky”

        ….. FPL field leadership laughed, took out markers and wrote on the back of their hard hats: “WE’RE NOT GOOD, WE’RE RUCKY”….

        Liked by 3 people

      • Maja says:

        This economic recovery is due to a master knowing which levers to push and which to pull to release the brakes but We The People provided the pent up excellence and initiative that 0bama tried to smother for 8 years.


    • Q&A says:

      American exceptionalism. It’s real.

      Liked by 5 people

    • MJ says:

      I have come to believe that some of the differences are rule of law. The USA has true rule of law and for the most part it is respected. This allows the system to function efficiently.

      Another HUGE difference is the second amendment. NO other country in the world has the god given right of self defense articulated in its law. I have come to see this as making the people as the fourth branch of government (a check on power). Notice how gun control is such a central plank of the liberal left. Helpless sheep is the end game then the rest of the bill of rights can slowly be chipped away till it is nothing but words.

      Liked by 4 people

    • covfefe_USA says:

      That is a nice summary, but there’s a difference between being considered a ‘Christian’ and a ‘born again Christian’. Cults like mormonism and seventh day adventists, jehovahs witnesses – all consider themselves ‘christians’. They will be surprised when they go before the LORD and hear the words, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” This is not to start a big argument on religion and ‘most favored status’. For those who know the Bible, we just know. Many of the pilgrims and the original founders understood this, and they are the ones who sought out, and received the LORD’s blessings, which we, in many ways, continue to benefit from today. The 1880s saw many revivals in this country, with prayer and supplication offered to the LORD – same in the 1930s, the 1950s (think: Billy Graham). Americans were traditionally farm and rural people who humbly sought out the LORD, and prayed ceaslessly, including praying for their grandchildren’s futures. The LORD has faithfully answered prayer and has graciously blessed this land. In addition, the LORD promised He will bless those that bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. Pres. Truman was thought to be a modern day Cyrus, being the first signatory on the UN charter recognizing the ‘newly’ formed nation of Israel (contrast, however, the ‘Palestinians’, who are the recipients of the curse – they will never prosper).

      Don’t mean to start a food fight, but, the LORD receives the praise for His blessings upon this land. And this is what makes us different. Go and find De Toceville’s reasoning as to why America was so blessed. He concludes it was due to God Almighty, and to God Almighty alone.


      • Zabadak says:

        I highly recommend reading The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen, too. Describes how our Founding Fathers went about determining which government to form. They did extensive research at looking at ALL the forms of government down through the Millenia, both good and bad, what worked and what didn’t and their resultant cause and effect. Hence our Representative Republic and our Bill of Rights. There is no question that they were Divinely inspired. Some were more religious (hate the word) than others, but they all believed in a Supreme Being in one form or another. An easy read. But great background to our Founding.


        • Zabadak says:

          Also recommended reading: The Real George Washington, The Real Thomas Jefferson, etc…The American Classic series. Extensive but one gets to know personally our Founding Fathers. How blessed to have such great individuals brought together all at the same time. We stand alone in our history. None can touch what we were handed. If we can only keep it…


    • TarsTarkas says:

      The difference is that America was intended from the start to be a land of opportunity for all, not just for the landed gentry, the rich, the military, the husbandman, the huddled masses. FOR ALL. It has always fallen short of those ideals, often woefully short, and its sins and crimes are legion. But it being a land of opportunity was and still is the ideal.
      The problem with America-haters is that they confuse the ideal with the goal. That because American has not fully and continuously lived up to its ideal, it is irredeemably evil and thus deserves to be destroyed together with all of its supporters. And then, and only then, can a new ‘perfect’ (not more perfect, perfect) society be built on its ruins. Run of course by those America-haters who of course will turn on each other like blood-crazed weasels in a continuous death match for riches, power, and supremacy.


    • dawg says:

      “Then I realized that the main thing we offer in the world is the opportunity to be the best you can be. To be able to have a new idea, create something and to profit from your creation if the globalists can’t figure out how to steal it and destroy you.”

      Amen to that! The Founding Fathers were geniuses and figured out the perfect balance between government and freedom. Then the first of Continental Congress was a prayer asking for the Lords blessing and protection.

      Samuel Adams to wife-
      “Accordingly, next morning [the Rev. Mr. Duché] appeared with his clerk and his pontificals, and read several prayers in the established form, and read the collect for the seventh day of September, which was the thirty-fifth Psalm. You must remember, this was the next morning after we heard the horrible rumor of the cannonade of Boston.
      I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seem as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that morning. After this, Mr. Duché, unexpectedly to every body, struck out into an extemporary prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present. I must confess I never heard a better prayer, or one so well pronounced.
      Episcopalian as he is, Dr. Copper himself [Adams’ personal pastor] never prayed with such fervor, such ardor, such earnestness and pathos, and in language so elegant and sublime, for America, for the Congress, for the province of Massachusetts Bay, and especially the town of Boston. It has had an excellent effect upon everybody here. I must beg you to read that Psalm.”

      Reverend Jacob Duché
      Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      September 7, 1774, 9 o’clock a.m.

      The 35th Psalm, the Psalter for the seventh day of September was read by Rev. Mr. Duché in the first Continential Congress:

      “Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield, and rise up for my help. Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

      “O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
      Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. mnlakes says:

    My son works for a small business that employes 20 to 30 people.
    During Obama, many companies would call for estimates but put their orders on hold. They ended up laying off 3/4 of their staff and as business started picking up, his boss would hire 2-4 people for one position, laying off those that didn’t make the cut.
    Now all those Companies are calling wanting them to go ahead and start their projects but his Boss is having a heck of a time finding qualified workers for the same wage he was offering before.
    Looks like everyone is going to get raises soon!

    Liked by 9 people

    • prenanny says:

      Was it made clear to those he hired that there would be a competition among the other new hires for 1 position and that job was in effect temporary?
      Perhaps locally he has a reputation and nobody wants to work there.

      Liked by 1 person

    • TarsTarkas says:

      MAGA has led to ridiculous lead times on equipment. I’m happy to get the orders that are adding to the backlog, but I don’t like having to tell customers they’re going to have to get to get their gear when they need their gear NOW because business is hot. A conundrum.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. jmclever says:

    I suspect that the gains are better than that report because Obama always fiddle with the way stats are reported to make himself look better than reality

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Rex Brocki says:

    Ever since 1988, I have been wistfully dreaming of another POTUS who could match Reagan in my lifetime. …and you know what? We still don’t have one, because not a day goes by, it seems, without VSG Trump BEATING Reagan at something instead of merely matching him.
    Most days I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m awake.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. donnyvee says:

    One of the less understood aspects of the new (present) tax laws is the simplified up front 100% tax write offs that can be taken immediately by a business, versus the previous paperwork intense depreciation schedules that many businesses had to maintain for years. This is a big headache reduction for all businesses but especially small businesses. It frees up cash for additional hiring and investment.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TarsTarkas says:

      Having to gauge and time purchases based on the tax laws always sucked and played hell with expansion plans for small business. I’m all for eliminating income tax on businesses and at the same time eliminating capital gains taxes which were designed to compensate for business income tax. Income is income, tax it all at the same rate as ordinary income.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Alison says:

    Well if parking lots are an anecdotal piece of evidence, they are near full at the small industrial parks around my house (town west of Denver). I haven’t seen them this full in the 9 years I’ve lived in this location. Some even look like they’ve added back night shifts.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. calbear84 says:

    Wait until we crush them in the midterms, then we can finally get rid of Obunglecare. You’ll see small business optimism go off the chart!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. PotP says:

    Can we officially name the 8 year period of malaise, “the Obama Depression”?

    Sure, W & Wall Street lined up the ducks for a mess, but no real recovery, until Trump!

    Liked by 3 people

  16. covfefe999 says:

    I wonder how many of the 8.8% uninsured were the unfortunate middle class victims of Obamacare who refused to be raped by the high premiums and deductibles. Now that Trump has gotten rid of the penalty they can buy lower cost insurance.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Ghost says:

    Observations from a smaller branch.

    I’m really enjoying these “unexpected” results, So how about another one?

    Producer Price Index fell .1%, first decline in 1-1/2 years. This is considered by most experts to be the primary measure of the Federal Reserve’s inflation projections.

    Let’s see , increased employment, increased wages, increased spending possibility of lower inflation. This should put them in a dither.

    You can’t make this stuff up! Capitalism, works really well.


    Liked by 1 person

  18. Rob says:

    Name it the Obama Depression
    or the Obama Lost Decade.
    Stupidity and bad leadership have consequences.
    See Japan. or FDRs ’30s

    Liked by 2 people

  19. mr.piddles says:

    Entree: Impeach Forty-Five. Dessert: Raise Taxes. We’ll be better off for it, said nobody ever.


  20. Buzz says:

    And those “crumbs” as Nasty Pelosi calls them, just keep coming.

    Liked by 1 person

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