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Entrepreneurs Increasingly Confident About U.S. Economy
While members of Congress will be listening this week to Fed Chair Janet Yellen testify about the national economic outlook, they received an early glimpse last week with news that U.S. entrepreneurs' confidence continues to rise. The latest Kaufman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index showed that 91 percent of the nation's newest business owners were confident or very confident that their companies' profitability would increase in the next 12 months.

on May 05, 2014
Category:  General 
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Bit by bit, entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. are picking up confidence along the road to economic recovery — and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. The latest Startup Confidence Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom shows a greater willingness from entrepreneurs to put personal savings toward new business ventures. Personal savings as a means for funding the startup jumped from 66 percent in 2012 to 86 percent in 2013.

on January 27, 2014
Category:  Growth & Poverty  General 
Entrepreneurs' Confidence Rises Despite Economic Uncertainties
Ceaseless uncertainty in Washington and mixed signals from economic indicators have not dampened the outlook of new business owners, who express rising confidence in their prospects in the third-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index. Released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom, the Index reports that entrepreneurs’ confidence climbed to 86 percent, setting a new high for the study, which was initiated in first quarter 2012.
on November 04, 2013
Category:  General 
Startup Confidence Continues Gradual Climb

Eighty-five percent of startup owners in the U.S. are confident that the next 12 months will bring greater profitability. The figure is a one percent increase over the first-quarter results of the Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index and the highest level since the young study began in early 2012.

on September 09, 2013
Category:  General 
Economic Confidence On the Rise

Last week, confidence on Wall Street was sent soaring to all-time highs following the April jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor—employers added 165,000 jobs for the month and unemployment fell to its lowest point since the end of 2008. The confidence of entrepreneurs is on the rise as well according to the latest Startup Confidence Index.

on May 06, 2013
Category:  General 
Fresh Data Paints a Picture of Startup Environment

Part of the challenge of analyzing data and research while making policy decisions is that the figures are typically based on a not-quite-so-current set of data. A new survey of owners who formed their companies in 2012 is out and it helps shine a light on the environment most startups encounter in the early stages.

on March 04, 2013
Category:  General 
Economic Confidence Dips Among Entrepreneurs

The latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index points to a continuing decline in expectations for the U.S. economy. Almost 40 percent of startup owners believe the economy will deteriorate over the next 12 months, an increase from 36 percent in the second-quarter survey and 31 percent in the first-quarter. Not surprisingly, the number of entrepreneurs who were “somewhat confident” in future profitability dipped as well.

on September 17, 2012
Category:  General 
Confidence--and Some Mixed Signals--from Entrepreneurs

When we last checked in on the confidence level of entrepreneurs, most saw higher profits in their immediate future despite the fact that there was a considerable amount of uncertainty with the overall economic outlook for the next 12 months.

on April 09, 2012
Category:  General 
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