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Sexual Harassment, #MeToo Small Business Workplace Webinar

November 6th, 2018 Comments off

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Sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement have received lots of news coverage of late,” says the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

 

While most of the headlines focus on big-name companies, illegal harassment occurs in businesses of all sizes,” said their statement to the Daily Business News on MHProNews. “Small businesses who ignore the risks associated with not preventing and stopping discrimination, including sexual harassment, in the workplace, risk financial and reputational devastation.”

The NFIB – with Juanita Duggan as their president – is for SMBs (small- to mid-sized businesses.)  Hundreds of manufactured housing firms, per our sources at NFIB, are members of that association.

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This webinar will talk about the perils of ignoring harassment in the workplace and offer simple steps employers can take to protect employees in businesses of all sizes.

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From NFIB President Juanita Duggan

For those who are standing in line, to vote – or have friends that still need to vote, please check out:

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NFIB has advocated the same pro-growth agenda that President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have.

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Duggan “Little” Regulations Can Cause “Big” Problems for Small Businesses

October 4th, 2018 Comments off


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It’s not new.  But it is an important point, one that the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has made for decades.

 

This time, it is the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) President Juanita Duggan who has said that “little” regulations can cause “big” problems for small businesses.

JuanitaDugganPresidentCEONationalFederationIndependentBusinessNFIBpostedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Duggan said, “I’ve heard consistently that business is booming, and that’s often followed up with something along the lines of, “every little thing that comes out of Washington is a problem,”” said the NFIB statement.

Manufactured home industry pros have several points they should keep in mind, especially with the midterms just 32½ days away.

  • MHARR has pointed out that the problems with HUD have historically been not just the bureaucracy, but also the contractor that HUD has used for years.
  • When NFIB, which reportedly has hundreds of manufactured housing firms as members, talks about small business impact, that has a direct and indirect impact on manufactured housing sellers, communities, producers, lenders, suppliers and others. Small to mid-sized businesses employ more Americans than large firms. Translated, the workers and shop owners who can be manufactured home customers are often tied to small businesses.
  • Per the Huffington Post in 2011, “large businesses only employ about 38 percent of the private sector workforce while small businesses employ 53 percent of the workforce.”
  • A more recent report in April 2017 by NYSSCPA slices that into small, medium and large businesses, this way. “At this point, 39.2 percentwere employed at either a large or very large company, while 26.5 percent worked at mid-sized companies and 34.3 percent worked at small companies.”

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NFIB on WOTUS Rule

The NFIB blasted the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which dramatically and harmfully impacted small businesses.  NFIB sued, and won, but a judge reversed that ruling for almost 2 dozen states.

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The [President Trump] executive order provided some relief for small business owners until a federal judge issued a ruling recently that put the onerous Rule back in place for 22 states. In response, we are asking a federal district court to block the Rule throughout the entire country—to bring relief for our members nationwide,” said NFIB.

The good news is that not everything coming out of D.C. these days is a problem for small business,” said NFIB, which touted their support on Capital Hill for tax cuts. “Following our instrumental role that led to the inclusion of the small business pass-through deduction in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, feedback from members has been enormously positive.  Small businesses are realizing true savings and are investing that money back into their businesses through hiring, pay increases, and job training. They’re investing back into their community through equipment purchases and expansion.”

While the overall economy is “roaring” in the view of many economists and experts, manufactured housing is still operating at historic lows. As a special report planned for tomorrow will reveal, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in a recent message to members is apparently pushing for a bill that is arguably contrary to the interests of independents.  As one source at their recent meeting said, “MHI’s [SVP] Lesli Gooch took time to explain to members some of their latest positions.  But when their policies are closely examined, they routinely benefit their largest members, and harm their smaller businesses in the industry.”

NFIB is pushing for pro-business conservatives in the upcoming midterms, so that the momentum since the 2016 election is continued. It should be noted that NFIB encourages members in specialized fields, like manufactured housing, to join forces with an association that is industry specific, such as MHARR.

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January 3rd, 2018 Comments off

TestingTaxCutsCBSDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThe National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) issued the following statement in a release to MHProNews.

President and CEO Juanita Duggan, speaking about the on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becoming law:

NFIB fought for decades for a real tax cut for small business owners. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act dramatically improves the way small businesses are treated, delivering hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts,” she said.

Small business optimism has been near record highs all year long in anticipation of this moment. Starting in 2018, millions of small businesses will have substantially more money to convert their optimism into investments. They can buy new equipment, increase inventory, pay workers more, create new jobs, and engage in the economic activities that drive the U.S. economy,” per Duggan’s statement.

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From left-of-center CBS, we learn that the tax cut bill will in fact help the middle class.

As regular Daily Business News readers know, NFIB has over 300,000 members, hundreds of whom are reportedly from the manufactured home industry.

While the tax law will bring changes that are routinely being celebrated, per experts, as good for the middle class and small business, understanding the changes can help maximize benefits for small businesses.

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Spotlight-National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Manufactured Housing, Tax Reform

September 28th, 2017 Comments off

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All told, the NFIB has some 325,000 member companies.  That’s about 1,000 times the size of MHI.

A now retired manufactured housing industry state association executive told the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews that he “partnered” with NFIB successfully on several issues in his market.

As the industry’s professionals seek association-level national leadership voices that could provide a sound alternative to MHI, it’s good to get a feel for how large and impactful the NFIB is, what their position is on an issue such as tax and regulatory reform, and how professional they are compared to MHI.

The DBN has reported on NFIB for several years across a spectrum of issues.

The bottom lines are that they are pro-small business, promote less federal regulation, work for lower rates and a simpler tax code, and support many other issues that will often appeal to the small-to-mid sized manufactured housing operation.

 

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VP Mike Pence, NFIB President Juanita Duggan, on Small Business Issues

August 1st, 2017 Comments off

VPMikePenceNFIBPresidentJunaittaDugganSmallBusinessConfidencePresident Trump probably said it best when he said that small businesses in his words, embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement every single day,” Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Since President Trump was elected back in November, there has been a lot of positive improvements in the economy – especially on the small businesses front.  Regulatory rollbacks are making a difference, as this previous report reflects.

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As long time, careful Daily Business News readers know, the NFIB reports as many – or more – members from manufactured housing as MHI does.  All told, NFIB has some 325,000 members – more than the estimated total number of full time equivalents (FTEs) working in the manufactured housing industry. To see the previous report, click the graphic above. NFIB = credit.

According to VP Pence’s speech, “Since Inauguration Day I’m pleased to report businesses like those gathered here today have created more than 850,000, new, good-paying jobs all across America.”  It was one of several applause lines reported by the White House to MHProNews.

But will the growth continue if the Trump Administration’s promises of health care and tax reforms are not met before the end of the year?

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Small-business owners are deeply disappointed,” Jack Mozloom, a spokesman for the NFIB, said. “The high cost of health care has been the No. 1 concern for small business owners for more than three decades.”

Without Passing Legislation, Will Confidence Fade?

Job growth appears to be slowing down, says Reuters. While it could be just a small seasonal downturn, it could may be partially due to Congress neglecting to pass any bills on the major issues of healthcare and taxes already.

The NFIB recently released a report which found that the “small business optimism” index is down to 103.6, from May’s 104.5.

Some, like Juanita Duggan and Bill Dunkelberg, believe the drop is likely because small business owners are slowly losing faith in Congress to make any real improvement in the near future.

As Washington fails to deliver on those two priorities small-business optimism is dropping,” said Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the NFIB. “Gridlock is driving down small-business optimism, which will eventually drive down the economy.”

The number of businesses planning to hire new employees dropped 3 percentage points from May to June. However, the current 15 percent is still higher than has been seen in years.  Hitting 18 percent in May was the highest expected hire rate among small businesses since 2006.

Hiring activity remains strong by historical standards, but the drop in June was unmistakable,” said Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist. “Whether this is the start of a negative trend or a one-month blip is something we’ll have to keep an eye on.”

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High tax rates and the Obamacare health care mandates are all things that hinder small businesses ability to thrive, says the NFIB, and both are issues small business owners have been fighting to reform for decades.

If Congress wants small businesses to invest in the economy, then they must cut taxes and simplify the code,” said Duggan.

Promises of Big Things to Come for Health Care and Taxes

During his speech to the NFIB, Pence heralded good news and more promises of health care reform, with a repeal and replace of ObamaCare, and “one of the largest tax cuts in American history”.

I don’t have to tell small-business owners that the Americans’ tax code is one of the biggest barriers to success for working families and small businesses like all of you.” the White House press office told MHProNews that Vice President Pence said later in the speech.

This all comes only days after the Senate voted against a bill that would have repealed key parts of Obamacare that millions of Trump and GOP voters are unhappy with.  President Donald J. Trump has signaled they aren’t giving up.  Per the speech, neither is the vice president.

But I truly do believe that the strength of America also lies in the courage and in the hearts of men and women who get up every day, put their feet on the floor, and make a small business work. (Applause) And so I want to encourage you on.  Let your voice be heard, but also have faith.” 

Pence urged small business people to pray and work to sustain what they’d already accomplished together, “we’ve begun to see in the recovery of the American spirit and the rebound of the American economy is really just the beginning.  And under President Donald Trump, with your help, I know the best days for America and for American small business are yet to come.”

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Surprise! President Trump Polling Better than Bill Clinton at This Stage of Presidency; Impact

June 7th, 2017 Comments off

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The media’s approval rating is lower still, as is the Congress.

Special elections that many sources breathlessly predicted would yield a Democratic upset, have all so far been won by the GOP.  Another special election race looms later this month in Georgia, which is reportedly close in the polling.

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Markets Roar

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NFIB sources tell MHProNews that they have about the same number of manufactured housing industry company members as MHI does. Photo and credit, Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (credit, NFIB).

Perhaps the strongest indicator of President Trump’s job approval are the markets.  They’ve soared since his election.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) President and CEO, Juanita Duggan stated after the election – as they celebrated his win, which is widely welcomed among independent businesses – “What a difference a day makes.”

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” Duggan said.

Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments,” as Duggan and NFIB are pushing for tax reform, which along with regulatory relief are among the market drivers. See that recent story, linked here.

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Trump Card: March Jobs Report Delivers

April 6th, 2017 Comments off
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President Donald Trump is known for his no-nonsense, get things done style. Coming into the White House, he had no plans to change it.

I will be the greatest jobs producer God ever created,” said President Trump just before his inauguration.

Believe me.

 

 

By all appearances, he’s on his way to delivering on that statement.

The ADP March private payrolls report is out, and showed another big jump.

According to CNBC, companies added 263,000 jobs for the month, which is well above the 185,000 expected from economists surveyed by Reuters and also better than the 245,000 reported for February.

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Goods producing firms added 82.000 jobs, with construction accounting for 49,000 of that number.

Professional and business services was the leading sector for new jobs with 57,000, and leisure and hospitality added 55,000. Health added 46,000 jobs, manufacturing payrolls grew by 30,000 and trade, transportation and utilities rose by 34,000.

Also of note is where the jobs were created. As part of an ongoing commitment by President Trump to help small business, companies with fewer than 50 employees saw the biggest growth in jobs for March with 118,000, while companies with 50 to 499 employees added 100,000 jobs.

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Job growth is off to a strong start in 2017,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.

The gains are broad-based but most notable in the goods producing side of the economy including construction, manufacturing and mining.

Markets were hopeful yesterday that President Trump could deliver on his pro-growth agenda. The report from the Labor Department is due at 8:30a ET tomorrow morning.

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Juanita Duggan, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business (credit, NFIB).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the January, February, and now March reports reflect anticipation of President Trump’s policies, meetings and movement, including the highest Small Business Optimism Index in 37 years from the NFIB.

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan in January.

Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.”

 

A View from the Industry

Even with the progress that’s been made, President Trump still faces an uphill battle.

As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Back in November, Tim Williams told MHProNews that, “I am deeply encouraged that less than 24 hours into President Trump’s term, he has frozen new, potentially burdensome regulations.”  For his full comments, click here.

MHARR CEO, M. Mark Weiss, JD, shared similar thoughts with MHProNews in a story, linked here.

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Small Business Optimism Index: January Results

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Almost one month into the Donald Trump administration, things continue to look up.

According to the National Federal of Independent Business (NFIB) survey, small business confidence, which saw the largest month-over-month increase in the survey’s history in December, has now reached its highest point in more than a decade.

 

 

The stunning climb in optimism after the election was significantly improved in

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December and confirmed in January,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

Small business owners like what they see so far from Washington.

The Index reached 105.9 in January, an increase of 0.1 points, the highest point since December 2004.

The continued surge in optimism is a welcome sign that economic growth is coming,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg.

The very positive expectations that we see in our data have already begun translating into hiring and spending in the small business sector.

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The NFIB survey is a monthly snapshot of small businesses in the U.S., which account for most private-sector jobs and about half of the country’s economic output. Economists look to the report for a read on domestic demand and to extrapolate hiring and wage trends in the broader economy.

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The January jobs report surprised pundits and disappointed critics, coming in strong and well ahead of ‘consensus,” said Dunkelberg.

NFIB survey results anticipated the strong showing as their optimism gets translated into hiring action. Gains in expected sales require more workers to produce output and handle sales. The increase in labor force participation was a welcome sign, suggesting that labor markets are not as tight as the unemployment rate indicates which went up, and that, as opportunities materialize and compensation rises, more workers will re-enter the labor force.

The report from the NFIB is based on a survey of 1,874 small business owners. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small companies represent 99 percent of all U.S. Employers.

We’ve had very low growth for years, mainly because small businesses have been tied down by regulations, taxes, and spiraling health insurance costs,” said Duggan.

Now they can see relief on the horizon, and they are much more optimistic about the future.

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Small Business Optimism Index Highest in 37 Years

January 16th, 2017 Comments off
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America’s small businesses are very optimistic.

Per Bloomberg, The National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4.

The December numbers represent the largest rise in optimism since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election.

Rising confidence adds to the economy’s upward momentum,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York.

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The share of business owners who say now is a good time to expand is three times the average of the current expansion, according to data from the NFIB. More companies also said they plan to increase investment and keep hiring, which reflects optimism surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s plans of spurring the economy through deregulation, tax reform and infrastructure spending.

We haven’t seen numbers like this in a long time,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Small business is ready for a breakout, and that can only mean very good things for the U.S. economy. Business owners are feeling better about taking risks and making investments.

The report from the NFIB is based on a survey of 619 small business owners through December 28th. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small companies represent 99 percent of all U.S. Employers.

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Business owners who expect better business conditions accounted for 48 percent of the overall increase,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “The December results confirm the sharp increase that we reported immediately after the election.

The Manufactured Housing Industry Speaks

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Voices from around the manufactured housing industry also expressed optimism in the wake of President-elect Trump’s November win.

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 “The economy, regulations, and politics need disruptingStay tuned,said Clayton Homes Founder Jim Clayton.

I have become increasingly pleased with the outcome, but tempered that with cautious optimism.

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It’s the dawning of a new day. After the shock and elation or disappointment wash over us, and we all have taken a collective deep breath, we can begin looking to the future. And in that future I think it is safe to say that changes, well, they are a comin’ in,” said DJ Pendleton, Executive Directory of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association.

“For any who might not yet be aware, in addition to President-Elect Trump heading to the White House, both the House and Senate will now be controlled by a Republican majority. All three branches of government are in Republican control. What will this mean? It simply means that there is little in the way of the Republican policy agenda.

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With a personal background in business, rather than government, Mr. Trump, during the just-ended campaign, has been a consistent critic of innovation-stifling and job-killing overregulation and regulators who ignore or rationalize the far-reaching negative impacts of such regulations on the health of the economy, smaller businesses and consumers,” said MHARR President and CEO M. Mark Weiss.

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