More small business owners are optimistic that the national economy will strengthen this year compared with the fall of 2012, yet more rate their risk-taking as conservative, according to The Hartford’s 2013 Small Business Success Study.
Major Risks DecliningSmall business owner views of major risks to their businesses have all declined since fall 2012 survey findings:
|Slow Economic Growth||67 percent||59 percent|
|Taxes||59 percent||42 percent|
|Healthcare Costs||53 percent||40 percent|
|Uncertainty With Federal Regulations||56 percent||30 percent|
Of those owners with one-to-four full-time employees, 43 percent believe the Affordable Care Act will have a negative impact on their business, compared to 36 percent of owners with 20-to-49 employees.“While a majority of owners believe they are informed on the Affordable Care Act, more education is still needed, particularly for those with the fewest employees. Many small business owners indicate plans to take actions that would reduce job opportunities for workers and potentially stifle the growth of their businesses. It is critical that these be informed decisions based on knowledge and facts,” said McGee. Contributors to Success Overall, most small business owners (70 percent) believe that their business is currently operating successfully. Sixty-one percent of respondents feel that improved demand for products and services is a major contributor to the success of their business, about twice as many as those who say fewer rules and regulations (32 percent) and a better pool of qualified talent (31 percent) are major contributors to the success of their business. However, surprisingly, about half (46 percent) cited that social media is not a contributor at all to the success of their business. McGee Speaks at U.S. Chamber CEO Leadership Series McGee will discuss the study, its implications and the importance of risk-taking for achieving economic growth later today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Leadership Series in Washington, D.C. The event will be streamed live at http://www.uschamber.com/webcasts/us-chamber-foundation-host-chairman-president-and-ceo-hartford and live updates will be available via www.twitter.com/thehartfordnews. October Blog Series by Gene Marks – Exploring Themes From This Year’s Study Join the conversation starting today when Gene Marks, columnist, author and small business owner, explores themes from The Hartford’s 2013 Small Business Success Study and provides his perspective on some of the key findings from this year’s study in a four-part blog series posted during the month of October. Visit The Hartford’s Small Business website www.thehartford.com/SuccessStudy. For more information on these survey results, visit www.thehartford.com/SuccessStudy. For more news about The Hartford, visit: http://newsroom.thehartford.com/. The Hartford 2013 Small Business Success Study Methodology Braun Research conducted a telephone survey among small business owners across the United States for The Hartford. A total of 2,000 interviews were completed with owners of for-profit businesses with fewer than 100 full-time employees that have been in business for at least one year. The study included a nationally representative sample of businesses in the United States. One respondent per business was interviewed. The interviews took place between July 26 and August 12, 2013. The margin of error is ± 2.19% at the 95 percent confidence level.
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