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Small Business Owners' Optimism Is Up, But Concerns Remain

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 1/11/2010

The American City Business Journals survey reveals entrepreneur optimism is up for 2010.

It might be good news for small business owners that a survey by the American City Business Journals reveals that entrepreneurs' confidence is higher than it has been in more than two years. Still, this news is tempered by reports of some increasing concerns.

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The survey showed that at the end of 2009, 75 percent of decision-makers thought that their business prospects would be "a lot" or "a little" better in the next 12 months. This is the highest level of optimism shown since early 2007.

Additionally, 40 percent of respondents think that the economy has turned around - a dramatic increase from the 28 percent who thought the economy was looking up earlier in 2009.

Nonetheless, the upbeat outlook is moderated by some doubts. The percentage of business who are concerned about the safety of their businesses increased 17 percent from September to 39 percent in December.

One common SMB owner concern could be could be good news for the economy. Entrepreneurs are increasingly concerned about finding and keeping employees - 47 percent in December versus 27 percent in September.

Small businesses are expected to generate jobs this decade; according to the SBA, SMBs have generated 64 percent of net new jobs in the past 15 years.

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