Business leaders optimistic, but stressed

Business owners and top executives have to be an optimistic lot, if only to keep things going in uncertain times.

That may account for how they see the near future.

According to a survey of 435 owners or managers of businesses with 10 or more employees, 49 percent expect general business conditions to be a little or a lot better six months from now. Only 27 percent think it will be slightly or much worse.

The survey, from cloud and communications services provider Cbeyond, found that the business leaders view taxes as the biggest immediate threat to their success, with 51 percent citing taxes. Government regulations are next at 41 percent, then labor costs at 34 percent and the federal deficit at 32 percent.

Despite their optimism, business leaders are feeling anxious. Some 58 percent said their stress level is on the rise (compared to the period prior to the November elections), and 30 percent said it’s much higher.

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