Small Businesses Looking Healthier—For Now

By Kelly Spors

Times are looking brighter for many small-business owners, but there’s still a nagging fear that dark clouds are looming around the corner.

The National Small Business Association’s 2014 Mid-Year Economic Report finds that many small business owners have seen their hiring rise in the past six months—albeit slowly. Twenty-three percent of business owners survey hired new employees in the past six months compared to 22 percent that reported hiring in the six months prior. However, only 19 percent of small-business owners reported reducing their employee headcount in the past six months—the lowest percentage since 2009. Nearly half of …read more