What's Worrying Small Business

Think the credit crunch is the biggest problem facing small business? Guess again: The owners and managers of small companies say it's a distant fourth on their list of woes, behind health-care costs, government regulations, and staffing. On the whole, they're optimistic about their prospects. Fully 57% expect higher sales in the second quarter, and 36% say they'll be stepping up capital investment in 1993. But don't look for a small-business hiring boom: 69% say they anticipate employing the same or fewer workers in three months' time.

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