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U.S. Small Business Optimism at an All Time High

Small business optimism increase

Small business optimisim in the U.S. is at an all time high, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index survey released Tuesday.  “We haven’t seen this kind of optimism in 34 years, and we’ve seen it only once in the 44 years that NFIB has been conducting this research,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

“Small business owners are exuberant about the economy, and they are ready to lead the U.S. economy in a period of robust growth.”

The survey reveals owners became more upbeat about future economic conditions and sales prospects, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday.

Highlights of the Small-Business Optimism Survey (November)

  • Index rose by 3.7 points to 107.5 (est. 104), highest in monthly data back to 1986; highest since 3Q 1983 when looking at earlier quarterly figures
  • Net 48% expect better business conditions in next six months, biggest share since January and up from 32% a month earlier
  • Net 34% expect higher sales, largest share since Oct. 2005 and up from 21% in Sept.

The small-business optimism index showed increases in construction, manufacturing and professional services, all with plans to hire more employees. The figures indicate the recent solid pace of job growth will be sustained and help extend the economic expansion.


Richard Petty Motorsports Honored Veterans with U.S. Air Force

Richard Petty Honors U.S. Veterans

U.S. Air Force Returned to the No. 43 For Veterans Day

Last Saturday was Veterans Day, and Richard Petty Motorsports was proud to have the United States Air Force as its primary partner throughout the weekend. The U.S. Air Force has been a supporter of RPM since its inception in 2009. Throughout the relationship, Richard Petty Motorsports has hosted high level Generals and service men and women from all across the country at the track. More importantly, the U.S. Air Force has helped educate and recruit at the track.
Aric Almirola and Richard Petty have played a role in the recruitment process. Almirola has attended many Delayed Entry Program swear-in ceremonies for the new Air Force men and women. Each race weekend, Petty himself shakes the hands and thanks each Air Force member.

Almirola has also had success with the Air Force on the track. He won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole with the U.S. Air Force on the No. 43 in 2012 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This weekend, Almirola heads to the Phoenix International Raceway. He has a best finish of 10th and a best start of fifth.


Source:  Richardpettymotorsports.com

Richard Petty turns 80, still in NASCAR’s fast lane


Richard Petty turns 80, still in NASCAR’s fast lane

LEVEL CROSS, N.C. – Fireworks always have been a part of Richard Petty’s birthday.

This year will be no exception, as NASCAR runs its traditional Cup series summer date at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, with the sky over the track lighting up after the race.

But instead of being at the track for his birthday this year, Petty probably will be at home in North Carolina, surrounded by family. This year’s celebration, which probably will be in a large picnic shelter near Petty’s house in Level Cross, will be special: The King turns 80 on Sunday.

“I think health will dictate what I do and where I go and when I do it. As long as I am healthy and can afford to do all this stuff, I’m going to go as long as I can.”

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