Small-business optimism continues to rise

Small-business owners are more optimistic now than at any point in the last 15 years, according to the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. The biggest improvements cited by the 600-plus small-business owners across the U.S. who were surveyed were their current financial situation; cash flow over the last year; their cash-flow expectations for the next 12 months; and credit availability. In terms of challenges, the most often cited were government policies and regulations, and hiring concerns.

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