Just ran across an interesting piece from Forbes Magazine, their US Small Business Outlook 2010. The summary of the report is below; to get the entire report go to: http://www.forbes.com/forbesinsights/lessonslearned/index.html
SUMMARY: Having survived what may have been the most turbulent and confusing 12-18 months they’ve ever faced, small business owners are hoping that the hard lessons they’ve had to face will provide them with the discipline and control necessary to help ensure their success.
According to the U.S. Small Business Outlook 2010, conducted by Forbes Insights in association with financial services provider CIT, small business owners are working harder and longer than ever before. The good news: they also feel they are now smarter about running their businesses and are better leaders.
Small business owners also feel they are operating in a new economic reality, one where the old ways of doing business no longer apply. Strategically, they are trying to find new ways to take advantage of market opportunities, and most expect to be running their businesses more aggressively in 2010 than they did in 2009. The study also examines small business attitudes towards planning, employee retention, marketing, and the impact of economic stimuli on their operations.