The NFIB Research Center has released updated survey results on small businesses’ progress since many states’ COVID-19 restrictions have been eased. According to the national survey of National Federation of Independent Business members, 27% of small business owners reported experiencing a significant or moderate increase in sales due to eased restrictions in the states. Another 27% reported a slight increase and 42% of owners said sales levels did not change. “There’s good news in this survey: Small business owners are starting to see sales increase as customers get out and spend more money at mom and pop shops,” said NFIB’s Iowa director, Matt Everson. “However, it’s going to be a long time before we’re out of the woods. Many small business owners are reaching the end of their [Paycheck Protection Program] money and some are anticipating layoffs when that happens.” Of those small business owners who have applied for a PPP loan, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, or both, almost half of them anticipate needing additional financial support in some form over the next 12 months.