The small business report saw 151,000 jobs added for the month of August. These gains are neither strong nor weak enough to determine if the Federal Reserve will delay or increase interest rates. For 10 small business optimism indices five saw slight gains, four slight decreases, and one remained unchanged for the month.
A large reason for mixed economy reviews is the upcoming election amid solid / average economy gains. America is indeed at a crossroads with many people unsure which direction the country is headed. I predict we will not see huge changes in small business sentiment until the December 2016 / January 2017 time frame.