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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

November 8, 2021 Small Business Vaccination

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

November 8, 2021 Small Business Vaccination

Should Employers Be The Ones Required to Enforce Worker Vaccines?

November 8, 2021 Small Business Vaccination

Do You Support Requiring Your Own Employees to be Vaccinated?

November 8, 2021 Big Government Small Business Vaccination

Would Requiring Businesses to Verify a Worker’s Vaccine Status Help or Hurt a Small Business?

November 8, 2021 Big Government Lockdowns Small Business

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

Historical SBIQ

Current Conditions Rating Over Time

Future Expectations Rating Over Time

Biggest Concerns for Business Owners in October 2021

Percentage Concerned