Small businesses take bleak view of economy, government

More than one-half of U.S. small businesses have not hired in the last year, and two-thirds plan to keep the same number of employees in 2013, according to a survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Overall, the small business climate is bleak, the study indicates.

– 82 percent think the economy is on the wrong track.

– 54 percent expect the climate for small businesses to deteriorate in the next two years.

– 88 percent say they are looking for more certainty, not more assistance from Washington.

Among small businesses, 86 percent say regulations, rules and taxes will harm their business, and health care regulations are their prime concern in addition to labor rules and environmental laws.

Three in four small businesses expect the Affordable Health Care Act will increase their costs. Only 5 percent expect the law to make health care more affordable. Also, 71 percent said the act will end up making it harder for them to hire more workers.

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keyser soze

January 14th, 2013
11:29 am

Scooter

January 14th, 2013
2:38 pm

That is how government wants it. They consistently regulate barriers to entry and growth so they can get their proverbial loving hands around a few big necks, rather than thousands of small necks. That way its easier to pick who is allowed in the revolving door of big business to government. Golly, what is that form of government that leaves business in private hands but heavily controls it through regulation and coercion? Oh yeah, fascist government.

dc

January 14th, 2013
3:10 pm

seems like an appropriate time to remind them that “they didn’t build it”….

Not Blind

January 14th, 2013
4:01 pm

51% of American voters don’t give a damn about the country’s future.

Keyshawn

January 14th, 2013
5:37 pm

As long as the administration can count on the votes of the 47% and the Fed can continue printing money (”quantitative easing”) those guys could not care less what small business thinks.

Mike McAuley

January 15th, 2013
12:03 am

Spent 20 mins looking thru the US Chamber’s website and couldn’t find the study mentioned here. I would caution tho, without more information it’s tough to draw any conclusions from this article. For example, if the study was done just amongst Chamber members then it’s totally useless because the Chamber’s membership isn’t 100% of all small businesses and of the few hundred thousand it *can* count they are self selected by the owners to join. Long story short, there is too little info here.

Independent

January 15th, 2013
5:59 am

long story short… NOBODY in business is optimistic about the future with the current administration…. anti business… pro labor unions… more taxes .. more regulations…. won’t create jobs..

Destin Dawg

January 15th, 2013
6:06 am

Sad thing is the people who drank the kool aid and voted Obama…. women, minorities, young are getting hammered in this economy…. and middle class taxes are going up…. million aires are doing fine.. look at the huge homes, luxury cars.. stock market has doubled in last 3 years….

Independent voter

January 15th, 2013
6:18 am

Once there are more people riding in the wagon, than pulling the wagon, guess what the wagon won’t go anymore !!!! Unemployment up, disability WAY UP !!!!! we’re almost there !!!!!

Atlanta Small Business Owner

January 15th, 2013
1:29 pm

Huh? My friends’ and my small businesses are booming, and I have no problem paying a little more to ensure my employees have access to quality healthcare. If you’re an employer and your biggest concerns are taxes and medical insurance, it’s probably time to hang it up.

splavistic

January 15th, 2013
2:51 pm

My small business is BOOMING! I keep overhead down, and hire freelancers. I can pay them a living wage as a freelancer, AND they have the freedom of taking as much or as little work as they need. I think the small business owners in this country need to actually have business training if they can’t make it work. There are plenty of consultants out there who can help turn them around. Google: turnaround management.

splavistic

January 15th, 2013
2:52 pm

Yes, people who complain about medical insurance premiums going up are living day-by-day in their business as it is. Time to stop blaming Obama on your failures.

Booming huh ??

January 15th, 2013
3:04 pm

most businesses I know about ( mine included ) are like the Post Office… very busy and handling lot$ of money… but slowly going under.. if you understand what the ” Affordable ” Health care law will cost in taxes… its a slow motion timebomb !!!!

Independent

January 15th, 2013
3:11 pm

splavistic…. what kind of business do you have ?? can’t be retail, medical or restaurant, with freelancers who work when when they want to…. what are your store/office hours.. must vary from day to day.. doubt you really have a business !!

Independent

January 15th, 2013
3:38 pm

Owner…. you’re not concerned about Taxes and insurance ??? you’re not a surgeon/medical doctor… won’t be many of us left… call 911 and you’ll get a lawyer.. but at least you’ll probably get a democrat !!!

Destin Dawg

January 15th, 2013
3:46 pm

article says some where ” around 80 % have a bleak view of economy and gov’t ” that much is not debatable… doesn’t say 80 % have booming businesses !!!!

Gazillionaire

January 15th, 2013
4:23 pm

stock market is way up .. my rental income is through the roof.. because middle income is priced out of housing… don’t believe what he says.. Obama is good for the upper 2 %.. huge new Mcmansions and luxury autos sales up last 2 yaers !!

Independent

January 15th, 2013
4:26 pm

it is hard to believe but the very upper income has done really well under Obama

Destin Dawg

January 15th, 2013
4:29 pm

Yes !!! obama just doesn’t understand economics.. GOP wants to close loop holes which would mean higher taxes on the wealthy..

Wilbur

January 15th, 2013
8:45 pm

Smal business people are discouraged and fearful of Obama. He does not like, understand or think he needs them. Obama’s policies and attitudes are poisoning our economy and you can see the effects in miserable employment numbers, slow growth and discouraged small business people.

JamVet

January 16th, 2013
9:44 am

America’s right wing fascists have almost destroyed capitalism. and these Reagan idiots still think that the wealth is going to trickle down. And thirty years of contrary and incontrovertible evidence have no affect on their smallish brains…