Small businesses

Small business owners are more optimistic, but signal profit pain

Data: National Federation of Independent Business; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Optimism on Main Street rose in February for the first time in nearly half a year, according to new survey data by the right-leaning National Federation of Independent Business, but the rebound is slight — higher than January's reading by just a half point.

The details: The most small business owners since 2017 reported weak profits, with 41% citing fewer sales, thanks to a more cautious consumer.

Global Cyber Alliance offers small business toolkit for cybersecurity

In this image, strings of multicolored code are displayed on a black computer screen.
Photo: Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Global Cyber Alliance, an advocacy group created by the governments of the cities of London and New York, released a free, broad toolkit for small businesses looking to protect themselves against digital threats.

Why it matters: It's hard for small businesses to navigate basic cybersecurity hygiene without a guide, or to get advice about cybersecurity tools that comes from a neutral party.

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