Insight and analysis of Small Business Sentiment and economic trends

The BusinessPulse, powered by Barlow Research Associates, Inc., provides detailed analysis and reporting on small business sentiment including economic position, economic confidence, and credit outlook for small and middle market companies. Barlow Research surveys more than 2,800 companies annually across the U.S. to gather current viewpoints and draws on 10 years of data to provide in-depth research on economic trends to the commercial banking sector.

Live Oak BusinessPulse November, 2019

Q4 highlights include:

  • Confidence. Increased hiring and strong profit expectations indicate business owners’ confidence in their own businesses.
  • Cautious Optimism. Curtailed borrowing and increasing cash reserves signal business owners are safeguarding for an uncertain economy.
  • Outlook. Signs indicate that the economy is in for more of a slow glide down than a cliff.

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Our Take on the Quarter
Live Oak President Huntley Garriott and Chief Credit Officer Steve Smits discuss the top highlights from the quarter and provide commentary on how they impact small businesses.

From our Small Business Resource Center