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Nearly half of SMBs expect business conditions to improve in six months

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Altanta—Nearly half (49%) of small- and midsize-business leaders said they expect business conditions to be slightly or much better in six months, according to a report by cloud computing company Cbeyond. The report, “Winter 2012 Cbeyond Business Leader Snapshot,” was based on an online survey of 435 senior executives at small and medium businesses, conducted in November. Only 27% of SMB executives said they expect business conditions will be slightly or much worse in six months. Despite the optimism, 45% of SMB leaders said hiring next year will fall short of this year's hiring levels. The top concerns that were cited as threats to their business next year are taxes (51%), government regulations (41%), labor costs (34%) and the federal deficit (32%).
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