Small business owners just aren't feeling overly optimistic about the overall state of the country's economic health.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
The National Association of Small Business Professionals (NASBP.us) announces the launch of a new U.S.-based marketing relief operation created to provide much needed help to small business start-ups still feeling the pain of a sluggish U.S. economy.
The relief operation offers premier members the opportunity to take advantage of free and low cost business growth tools such as the NASBP Marketing 911 Helpline, the Marketing ER and the Free Member Downloads Center.
Sparking the launch, was a myriad of newly released data on the state of the nation's economic health which contradict previously optimistic forecasts. While economists predicted that the U.S. economy would see growth of 3.1% GDP in the first quarter, the real numbers tell a different story.
Construction spending declined 1.7% in March, though previous expectations called for a 0.7% increase. Sharp declines were also evident for small businesses in the stock market. Small business stocks plunged Wednesday, dropping 23.23 points to end at 924.22, according to the Russell 2000 Index, which tracks smaller company stocks. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday indicates that 165,000 jobs were created at the end of April 2013 with unemployment rates down by 0.1%, analysts still point out that 12 million people remain unemployed, making this the slowest job-market recovery since World War II.
Kimberly Kelly, founder and spokesperson for the NASBP, announces the launch of the marketing relief operation with this statement.
"Amid disappointing predictions from leading economists, small business owners just aren't feeling overly optimistic about the overall state of the country's economic health. Adding to the meltdown are the impending implications of the Affordable Care Act as well as the aftershocks of sequester spending cuts. Since historically small businesses account for over 80% of job creation in the three years following a recession, I feel it is absolutely imperative that as an organization we do all we can to support small business owners in America."
As a follow-on, the NASBP's marketing relief operation will continue to focus on bolstering weak sales and growth through a series of ongoing educational initiatives aimed at the small business community.
About the NASBP Marketing 911 Helpline
The Marketing 911 Helpline is a free service provided to premier members of the National Association of Small Business Professionals. It provides small businesses with life-saving first aid to treat some of the most common, problematic conditions related to “solopreneurship”. Members access the Helpline through their online membership account, gaining one-on-one help and support from an experienced marketing consultant.
About the National Association of Small Business Professionals
Since 2009, the National Association of Small Business Professionals has made it its mission to help small business start-ups to not only succeed in business, but to SOAR. As the "new kid on the block" in the arena of small business associations, NASBP is proud to offer start-ups a value-packed, low priced alternative to more expensive membership association options. To learn more, download a free Member Benefits Guide at http://www.Join-NASBP.com.