Joe Galvin

  • Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey: Economic confidence steady

    Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey: Economic confidence steady

    Economic optimism continues to hold strong among small business CEOs, according to the latest edition of the Wall Street Journal/Small Business CEO Survey. The October 2017 survey, which had 781 respondents, measured the Small Business CEO Confidence Index at 110.0, which is consistent with the favorable levels recorded in the last six months. Since May 2017, the

  • The three essential elements of making better decisions

    The three essential elements of making better decisions

     How do some of the world’s most influential CEOs make decisions? It varies. Jeff Bezos analyzes decisions from the point of view of his future self.  WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell prefers to gather insights from a diverse group of people and create a “balance sheet” before making a decision. Meanwhile, veteran CEO Lars Rebien Sørenson

  • Customer growth decisions for the SMB CEO

    Customer growth decisions for the SMB CEO

    The time is now. Rarely have economic factors aligned to create a growth environment like we see today. Historically low unemployment, record low interest rates and inflation that barely causes a ripple are all drivers to a surge in small and mid-sized business growth. While there are obstacles in future and unforeseen events yet to

  • Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey: Confidence levels steady

    Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey: Confidence levels steady

    Results from the latest edition of the Wall Street Journal/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey indicate that confidence levels among small business CEOs have stabilized. In the September 2017 survey, the Wall Street Journal-Vistage Small Business Confidence Index measured 109.3. While this represents a slight decrease from last month’s index (113.6), it is largely consistent with

  • Vistage Confidence Index: CEOs maintain optimism

    Vistage Confidence Index: CEOs maintain optimism

    The Vistage CEO Confidence Index was nearly equal during the second and third quarters of 2017, suggesting that optimism among small business CEOs has stabilized. The index, calculated as part of Vistage’s quarterly survey of small business CEOs, measured 103.0 in the second quarter and 103.1 in the third quarter of 2017. By comparison, the

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