82% of Small Business Executives Think The U.S. Economy Is On The Wrong Track

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

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

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

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

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

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53% have not hired in the past year

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17% indicated that they plan to add employees in 2013

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16% of Small Business Owners Hired More Employees in 2012

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