As originally seen on Forbes.

The results from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Q4 Small Business Outlook Survey show that there remains a significant amount of concern among the small business community about the U.S. economy and overall small business climate. We put together this visualization at Docstoc to show the upward climb a lot of small business owners feel we have ahead of us. But don’t despair, I have some recommendations and resources on how to succeed in the face of this climate.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey:

82% think U.S. economy is on the wrong track

(see more data on small business sentiment)

71% feel that health care law makes it harder to hire

(review the critical points on how the Affordable Health Care Act affects small businesses)

66% believe that the climate for small businesses has actually worsened over the past two years

(avoid making these entrepreneurial mistakes in 2013)

64% plan to keep the same number of employees in 2013

(beat the trend with this course on How to Get a Job)

54% expect the small business climate to worsen in next 2 years

(take advantage of the resources provided by the SBA and SCORE)

53% have not hired in the past year

(check out this Stanford lecture on having a Hiring Plan)

17% indicated that they plan to add employees in 2013

(see my 3 Key Criteria for Hiring)

16% of Small Business Owners Hired More Employees in 2012

(here’s what those candidates probably did to Ace the Interview)