|By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer|
That's the finding of a survey released Thursday by
The results show that owners have an attitude of "the glass is half full,"
"Owners aren't crazy, giddy with joy, but they continue to persevere in the face of challenges," Hilson said.
The greatest obstacles to success that owners see are health care costs, cited by 77 percent, and the effectiveness of government leaders, cited by 76 percent.
Hilson said owners he has spoken to say they are concerned about how gridlock in
The survey questioned 1,000 owners from mid-September to early October, including the first three days of the government shutdown.
Despite concerns about the health care law, 56 percent of owners surveyed said the implementation of the law wouldn't affect their hiring plans. Another 26 percent did say they would hire only part-time employees or freelancers. Employers are not required to buy insurance for those workers.
The survey is in line with others released recently that showed owners are getting more confident about the economy and are willing to hire, although at a slow pace. A survey released this week by researchers at
With the holiday season approaching, owners are more optimistic about how they'll do on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two key shopping days. Twenty-nine percent of owners of businesses that sell consumer products or retail or wholesale goods said Black Friday has a significant impact on their profits, up from 9 percent a year ago. Nearly 16 percent said Cyber Monday has a significant impact on earnings. Black Friday is the day after
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