Expectations are low. The year-end survey of owners by the National Small Business Association found that 38 percent anticipate growth opportunities for their companies this year. That's down from the 47 percent who predicted growth in 2012, the trade group says. Sixty percent expected to keep their staffing levels stable this year."I'm right in there with other small business owners â¿¿ I have no intention of hiring," says Mark Hagar, owner of Specialized Printed Products in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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