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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

January 13, 2022 Small Business Vaccination

Would You Offer Employees Incentives to Get Vaccinated?

January 13, 2022 Vaccination

If Your Business Is Required to Enforce a Vaccine Mandate, Would You Anticipate Having to Fire Unvaccinated Employees?

January 13, 2022 Vaccination

If Your Business is Subject to a Vaccine Mandate, Will You Pass Costs Down to Employees?

January 13, 2022 Small Business Vaccination

If Your Business is Required to Enforce a Worker Vaccine Mandate, Will Employees Quit?

January 13, 2022 Small Business Vaccination

Should Employers Be The Ones Required to Enforce Worker Vaccines?

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners in December 2021

Percentage Concerned