A Dour End to a Bleak Year

Small-business confidence in the economy's short-term future took a beating in December, according to a new survey

The holiday season is supposed to be a time for reviewing the past 12 months, counting blessings, and embracing the opportunities and possibilities of the year to come. Well, that's the theory -- but U.S. entrepreneurs ended 2002 on anything but an upbeat note, according to the latest monthly survey of small-business attitudes conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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