Steady as She Goes

That's the message from a leading small-biz watcher, who says that while the economic climate isn't great, it's not that bad, either

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An economist who monitors the pulse of small business says the sector's vital signs indicate slow and steady economic growth for the rest of the year. With a little help from the Federal Reserve and Congress in the form of interest-rate and tax cuts, "We can face down the threats to economic stability," says William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, in his report on the latest monthly survey of members, taken in April.

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