Small Business Advocate Poll: How is your business shaping up?

The Question:
With the first month now behind us, how is your business shaping up for 2013?

3% - 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for us.

8% - We’re definitely seeing improvement and expecting a good year.

55% - We think things are improving, but still too soon to tell for sure.

34% - We’re not seeing any improvement in the economy.

My Comments:
Summing up our responses this week, we’ve got barely more than 10% of our respondents getting off to an optimistic start, with the rest - 89% - still not seeing the economic good news they long for.

What can I say? Small business owners are pathological optimists. They’re like thoroughbred horses - they don’t want to be held back, they want to run. So you have to really work hard to create the kinds of conditions that cause America’s entrepreneurs to consistently report in survey after survey the level of disconcert for now more than four years. Alas, the Political Class in Washington seem to be uniquely qualified to create the conditions that turn the greatest community of entrepreneurs from optimists into pessimists.

Who elected these guys, anyway?

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