NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- What's happening in small business today? 1. Small-business hiring expectations hit a four-year high. The latest Wells Fargo ( WFC)/ Gallup Small Business Index suggests that expected small-business hiring over the next year is at its highest rate since January 2008. According to the poll, 22% of small-business owners plan to increase the total number of jobs at their companies in the next 12 months.