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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

October 13, 2021 Small Business Vaccination

Do You Support Requiring Vaccination & Proof for Own Employees?

October 13, 2021 Lockdowns Small Business

Do Government Indoor Mask Mandates Help or Hurt Small Businesses?

October 13, 2021 Lockdowns Small Business

Would Future Lockdowns with Business Restrictions Help or Hurt Small Businesses?

October 13, 2021 Small Business Taxation

Will Biden Administration Tax Increases Help or Hurt Small Business?

October 13, 2021 Small Business Taxation

What Do You Think About Raising the Corporate Tax Rate?

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners in September 2021

Percentage Concerned