U.S. Chamber SBN
We released the findings of our Q1 Small Outlook Survey yesterday, and small businesses from around the country said that energy prices and over-regulation are their top concerns.
Here are some of the highlights:
- 78% of small businesses have the perception that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to address the surge in energy costs, support American jobs or energy production.
- 52% of the businesses we surveyed cited regulatory burdens from the government as the top threat they face in 2012.
- 80% cited taxes, regulation, and legislation coming out of Washington as the biggest roadblocks to increased hiring.
So what do you think? What are your top concerns, as a small business person?
By 2025, get all deseal trucks off the road and replace them with NG trucks.July 16th at 9:13am
The Chamber of Commerce is pushing lies the same way Rush Limbaugh does. Your supposed percentages of small businesses opinions are bogus. Actually not bogus but outright lies.July 16th at 9:07am
My top concern is monetary policy. We need to limit the Federal Reserve to a 'single mandate'; protect the dollar. The Sound Money Promotion Act - S1287 and Free Competition in Currency Act - H.R. 1098) will give the U.S. economy a foundation and it will curb the spending power in Washington. As long as Washington has a 'too-big-to-fail' mandate we will not recover. A sound money policy will force congress, without it they'll continue to force us!
I am a small home health business - the Washington group trying to regulate with the DOL for increases in hours paid will essentially put me out of business - as there is no way I can pass on the cost to my clients. Also, gas prices are starting to infringe on my caregivers and where they will go for work. It seems like it is never ending with someone in Washington not living in the real time moment!!April 18th at 12:30pm
MICHAEL F. ARNOLD, DDS
IT IS CLEAR TO ME THAT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TRULY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT SUCCESS OF SMALL BUSINESS, AND WITH THEIR PENCHANT TOWARDS REDISTRIBUTING THE WEALTH AND INCREASING THE TAXES ON THE SUPPOSED RICH, THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO THWART GROWTH. IT IS ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE IN JANUARY IF ALL OF THE GARBAGE IN OBAMACARE GOES INTO EFFECT. HE HAS TO GO IN NOVEMBER! THE FUTURE OF FREE ENTERPRISE DEPENDS ON IT. I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THE OUTCOME OF THIS SURVEY!!!April 18th at 12:26pm
Stifled LNG exports coupled with huge supply and even greater US reserve estimates has drastically reduced the price of NG--not recognized as a flow-down to the consumer. Decreased profit margins on NG and increased price for light sweet and brent crude have transfered economies to more business friendly states (ND, TX, LA, OH). State and Fed Administration Policies continue to encourage low NG prices as they seek an energy transition to a point where margins on NG far exceed current resource utilization --problem is producers leave the NG sector decreasing production and the indirect employers of O&G service industries (and trickle down businesses) will be out of those markets before the select market stanglehold policies of the administration effect their desired shifts. CPT, we're more optomistic too and expansion of service sectors and markets will keep good businesses afloat, but the closed door market place won't effect those private sector growth curves and hiring stints Americans should experience. No raises, no hiring, reduction of benefits, and more work with less resources... Our candidates job in office is to make the Fed Government as small a factor in our lives as is absolutely possible, full stop.April 18th at 11:57am
My take on energy costs if we are discussing the price of gasoline is this is free market capitalism at its best. The price of crude is a world wide commodity and all the domestic drilling possible (which is up under the Obama)administration will not alter the profit motive of big oil. why would they sell for less and make less money. And while we're at it the oil subsidies need to be repealed.April 18th at 11:42am
Uncertainty -- interest rates, availability of funds, regulations, cost of health care, inflation, political party nonsense instead of productivity.April 18th at 11:19am
We're a lot more optimistic about our business (electrical contracting) than we were a year ago. We've been thinking about expanding our operations, but we're going to try to hold off on hiring any new employees for as long as possible, especially until we know more about the mandates from the health care bill.April 18th at 7:33am
97% said a candidate's support for free enterprise was important.
Any candidate who's for more regulation will never get my vote. The ones who understand that it's best for the govt to step aside and let the businesses drive the recovery are the ones we need more of in office. Govt, especially at the federal level, only makes things worse.April 18th at 4:49am
After finally finishing filing my taxes, I'm convinced, now more than ever, that our tax system needs major reform. We're making ourselves less competitive by not taking up sensible tax reform.
Federal regulations also play a huge role in my business' decision-making. If we could just eliminate some of these unnecessary regulations, we would definitely see some economic growth.
Don't get me started on the health care law...April 17th at 1:30pm
Of course regulations coming out of Washington are killing my operations. I've been wanting to bring in one or two additional employees for over a year, but I'm hesitant to do so because of the uncertainty caused by federal laws and regulations coming down the pipe.April 17th at 1:24pm