The future still appears murky for small business owners
Apr 12, 2022

The future still appears murky for small business owners

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Small business owners’ optimism about the economy fell in March, according to a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. It found that small businesses are continuing to grapple with staffing shortages, supply chain disruptions and higher costs. Politicians have asked Big Oil to use its profits to help stem the tide of rising gas prices, but experts say it's not that simple. 

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Can oil companies use their extra money to ease pain at the pump? It's complicated.

Apr 12, 2022
It'll take more than political policy to lower prices.
 Prices for gas at an Exxon gas station on Capitol Hill are seen in Washington, DC. The cost of gasoline continues to rise across the globe and in the United States due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and continued inflation associated with the global pandemic.
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For small businesses, optimism about the future continues to wane

Apr 12, 2022
Small business owners are to grappling with staffing shortages, supply chain issues and higher costs.
"We’re as concerned now as we were a year ago of our ability to survive this," said one small business owner.
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