Cars.com has appointed Darren Haygood as the company’s senior vice president of commercial strategy.
Haygood most recently served as president and chief operating officer at Transparency AI. Previously, he was executive vice president at Dealer.com.
Prior to his roles at Transparency AI and Dealer.com, Haygood was the general manager at the Lokey Nissan dealership in Clearwater, Fla, from 2004-07. He was also the director of e-commerce at Asbury Automotive Group from 2001-04, and served as regional marketing director at the Chrysler Corp. from 1997-2001.
The National Small Business Association released its 2017 Mid-Year Economic Report where the small-business outlook on the overall economy is at its highest point in seven years despite growing frustration over elected officials’ inability to enact needed reforms.
Among the most positive findings: 45 percent of small businesses say today’s economy is better than six months ago; 83 percent are confident in the future of their business; and the number of small-business owners who said “economic uncertainty” was a significant challenge to the future growth and survival of their business dropped to 36 percent, the lowest this indicator has been since February 2008.
Unfortunately, there were less-positive results as well: there was a drop in the number of small businesses anticipating economic expansion in the next 12 months; slightly fewer businesses reported revenue growth in the past year; and even fewer small-business owners reported hiring in the past 12 months or plans to do so in the coming 12 months.
The 2017 Mid-Year Economic Report was conducted online July 24 through Aug. 14, among 1,134 small-business owners.