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SBIQ Methodology

This survey provides a snapshot of the JCN Foundation’s Small Business Intelligence Quotient (SBIQ)–an index tracking overall small business optimism. The indicator will be tracked monthly to identify trends at-large and among key small business employer segments. The SBIQ is based on seven key elements:

  • Employer’s Current Business Conditions
  • Condition of U.S. Economy Today
  • Current Climate for Small Businesses
  • Direction of Employer’s Business Over Next 3-Months
  • Employer’s Plans for Hiring Over Next 3-Months
  • Direction of U.S. Economy
  • Direction of Climate for Small Businesses

The SBIQ is calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, with 100 being best possible conditions and 0 being worst possible conditions. A score of 50 is neutral, anything above 50 is positive and anything below is negative. To calculate the scores, point values are applied to each response and multiplied by the share of respondents giving that answer.

More Polling Results

September 8, 2022 Crime

Are You Concerned About Crime or Cyber-Crime?

September 8, 2022 Inflation

If Your Small Business Has Raised Prices, To What Degree?

September 8, 2022 Inflation

Due to Inflation, or Other Factors, Have You or Do You Anticipate Raising Consumer Prices?

September 8, 2022 Economy

How Concerned Are You that Economic Conditions Could Force You to Close Your Business?

September 8, 2022 Energy

Should the U.S. Increase Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production?

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners inAugust 2022

Percentage Concerned