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Survey: Vacation Still Not A Priority For Small Business Owners

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 5/25/2011

Small business owners have many reservations about taking extended vacations this summer.

The idea of taking two weeks off to hop on a plane and see the world may be enticing to some. However, according to this year's American Express OPEN Small Business Vacation Monitor, the temptation to get away isn't near the top of many owners' list of priorities.

Survey on Small Business Vacations

A reported 46 percent of the 501 small business owners surveyed said that they plan to take one full week of vacation this summer - a number which is actually up from the 40 percent who responded to last year's poll, but still nowhere near the 67 percent recorded in 2006, according to BusinessNewsDaily.

However, New Orleans City Business reports that owners are wary of the consequences of not being present to please their clients. A reported 33 percent worry that taking a vacation will mean clients would not receive the level of service they are used to, while 24 percent are afraid they'll miss out on a small business news opportunity.

BusinessNewsDaily adds that gas prices remain a deterrent to travel, as 23 percent reported it would limit the distance they plan to traverse.  

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